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Old 10-21-2020, 07:34 AM   #41
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Bought the jet kit from 6sigma! Can't wait to get the parts in the mail!!

So, I've been thinking about doing some modifications that will enhance the look in a more sport bike way. I would like a modernized retro bike, but retaining the original look.

I had the idea and had to visualize it... so I took a picture and edited it in my standard desktop app. I've attached the unedited/edited pic for reference.

What do y'all think?

I'm thinking about learning how to form plexi or poly glass and make a custom one-off windscreen for it
I dig the idea of a nose cowl. That quick mock-up really makes it look like it would belong!
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Maybe something like this could be modified to work or used as a mold to make one that would fit around the rectangular headlight or maybe you could swap to a round headlight from like a 79 KZ. Just a thought.
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There are other options at cycle gear, plus there are some originals for sale on ebay. I just Googled 1983 KZ750 nose cowl and found several options.

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Please don't tell me it's beyond repairable.....
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Oateys abs cement will have this back on my bike soon. Just giving you an idea.
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Freaking bike dropped on me today!

I had an idiot moment...

Went to visit a friend today and after leaving his place I realized I had left my gloves there. As I approached his driveway, I noticed my gloves in the middle of the street. I put my hazard lights on, put the kickstand down, and proceeded to walk over to my gloves... As I picked them up and turned to walk back, I saw the bike start to creep forward (due to the vibration of the running bike and the slight slope of the street) and down it went! I ran towards it like a baby falling out of a 2nd story window. I wasn't close enough or fast enough to help cushion the fall. I just died a little inside watching the ground kiss the engine cover, the mirror, and both turning lights.

I wish I wasn't so emotionally attached to this bike, but I am... despite the small rashes on the bike, I am still going to replace the parts as soon as I am able to.

Thought I'd share, even though it was bad news.
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I had an idiot moment...

Went to visit a friend today and after leaving his place I realized I had left my gloves there. As I approached his driveway, I noticed my gloves in the middle of the street. I put my hazard lights on, put the kickstand down, and proceeded to walk over to my gloves... As I picked them up and turned to walk back, I saw the bike start to creep forward (due to the vibration of the running bike and the slight slope of the street) and down it went! I ran towards it like a baby falling out of a 2nd story window. I wasn't close enough or fast enough to help cushion the fall. I just died a little inside watching the ground kiss the engine cover, the mirror, and both turning lights.

I wish I wasn't so emotionally attached to this bike, but I am... despite the small rashes on the bike, I am still going to replace the parts as soon as I am able to.

Thought I'd share, even though it was bad news.
It happens. Look at it this way, you have now de-magnetized it, and gotten that out of the way.

When I got my first street bike I was still in high school. Was back peddling out of my driveway and my right foot slipped off the edge of the pavement and into the grass. It was enough to tip me over. I just sat on the bike like an action figure and fell into the grass with the bike in total slow motion. I was laughing and at the same time.
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It happens. Look at it this way, you have now de-magnetized it, and gotten that out of the way.

When I got my first street bike I was still in high school. Was back peddling out of my driveway and my right foot slipped off the edge of the pavement and into the grass. It was enough to tip me over. I just sat on the bike like an action figure and fell into the grass with the bike in total slow motion. I was laughing and at the same time.
I really wish I could make all my dumb mistakes on any of the other bikes, just not this ol' girl.

The stator cover is pretty pricy and not as common as I hoped. Gonna have to pull the trigger on an eBay item today.
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The stator cover is pretty pricy and not as common as I hoped. Gonna have to pull the trigger on an eBay item today.
happens. Look at it this way, at least you have the skill and capacity to fix it yourself.
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Finally, we found out what was making the noise... The speedometer cable!
I wanted to update you guys on the speedo cable issue, in case someone has similar problems.

The cable was making a loud whaling noise when the bike was in motion. It would usually start after a hard braking event, or constant hard use of the front brakes.

I removed the cable to make it home without that annoying noise. Once back home, I examined the ends and took mental notes on which side plugged into the front wheel and which side plugged into the gauge cluster. After marking the end of the cable housing where the cable slides in/out, I pulled the cable completely out. It was for the most part, decent looking, but the grease was black and hardly any on the cable. I cleaned it thoroughly with a terry cloth and plunged it into the cable housing a few more times to see if there was anything restricting the movement. After the cleaning, I inspected the cable for frayed wires, kinks, and possible breaks. Everything looked good, so I laid the cable on a flat clean surface (emphasis on clean, you don't want debris getting mixed in with the grease and you want a surface that is easy to clean because the grease is messy stuff) and applied a generous amount of grease to the cable, smearing it nicely with my fingers. I used wheel bearing grease btw (standard multi-purpose synthetic grease) because there is a lot of rotational movement in the cable housing.

I put everything back together and went for a ride. No more noise

Hope this helps someone one day!
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6Sigma Jet Kit - Stage 1 for KZ750L3

Got my carbs jet kit in the mail and installed them this evening

Going to go ahead and source all new hardware tomorrow morning. The screws on the exterior bowls were on the brink of stripping. Plus I can use a better shutoff valve and a new inline filter, since I've gotten this deep into it again.

That's all I'll post for tonight because I'm exhausted!

I will share an epic story with you all tomorrow. I near quit motorcycles this past Sunday

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I had an amazing stroke of luck with my carburetors. Many years ago I had purchased some large viton o-rings for a project at work. Turns out they are a perfect replacement for the bowl gaskets on my ZX6E carburetors.
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Got the carbs in today...

Went on a journey to find replacement hardware and was striking out at every hardware store. I finally went the extra distance to Fastenal and got everything I needed Now, I won't have to struggle loosening the screw caps on the corners of the bowls. I now have stainless steel socket screw caps on top and bottom of all the carbs. Looks great too! I have attached a before and after pic.

After getting everything buttoned up, I fired her up!

She sounds WAY BETTER! Before it would idle kinda choppy and would hesitate on a quick snapback of the throttle. Now, it idles flawlessly... almost a steady hum, with the occasional change of tones, but very smooth transitions. This is as close to fuel injection it'll ever sound on a quick snapback of the throttle... pretty responsive!

I went up and down the driveway and a few quick hammers on our street. Very pleased, but now my clutch is starting to slip at high RPM's (mainly between 6k - 10k). Going to have to look into that next. It should be grabbing a LOT harder in that range.

Anyways, stay tuned. I'm about to post a pretty good story, about how I fought like to keep on moto'ing this last Sunday.
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San Francisco - 49 Mile Ride (Annual Vintage Bike Rally)

So a little over a week ago, I see this motorcycle ride on the local bike forum for San Francisco. I was pretty excited because it was an annual vintage bike meet and a historic ride through SF called the 49 Mile Ride.

The day before the ride I decided to give the ol' girl a nice bath and put some love on her. I was hard into the middle, when I noticed she got kinky on me again...

That fancy and expensive clear fuel line was collapsing! Basically, being routed too close to the engine case. I went to squeeze it and just the slight pressure on my fingers touching it, made it slip right off the petcock nipple! Fuel got everywhere! That hoe got super loose on me too!

Well, being that the next day was a super awesome event I wanted to attend... I scrabbled to get my hoses changed out. I was super fast... maybe too fast???

Sunday arrives...

I wake up at 6AM, crawl out of bed and get some go juice in me. Stumble into the garage and change into my gear. Push my bike out the back garage door because we had wine club members staying with us in the farm stay rental. Fired up the KZ. It was idling a bit weird, but I caulked it up to being cool out (about mid 40's). I get on and push my choke in... she sputters off. I still think it has to do with it being too cold outside, so I feather the throttle and push ahead.

I'm on the 101 heading south into San Francisco, about to cross the Golden State Bridge when I start feeling/hearing fuel cut. I throttle out and bring my speed down to 75-80mph. Now I'm cruising along and not feeling anything wrong. I finally make it into downtown to my first stop light and I'm having to feather the throttle to keep her from dying... , something is not right. It should be warmed up by now and my choke is off... why is my bike trying to die on me?!?! At this point I'm pretty frustrated and concerned because there are VERY STEEP streets I'm climbing and having to stop/go around moderate traffic. I finally make it to the meet.

At this point, I'm pretty relieved I made it. I started to convince myself I had simply flooded the carbs... I mean, I was in top gear the whole trip there and was steady in the high RPM band too.

Did a little piddling around and took a few pics. One of the riders close to me was needing gas and I decided to join her because I was at half a tank. We went, got gas, and got back in time to fall in line and start the rally!

It was really awesome to hear all those 2-strokes fire up and all the different tones of exhaust... it was quite the experience. We started off pretty quick for being deep in the heart of San Francisco. Up, up up, up round a corner and down, down, down, down... then hard braking and zipping around other slower bikes. It was almost like riding through moto traffic in Vietnam or something... like bees on a hive Everyone was having a blast and the civilians were pulling their phones out to record the hundreds of vintage bikes zipping on by them

I was really getting into the flow when the guy behind me pulled next to me and yelled that my exhaust was leaking. I was pretty puzzled. We kept pushing forward and kept trying to keep with the pack... again, he pulled next to me and started yelling and motioning with his hand and pointing under my bike. I finally pull to the side and looked under me the best I could... ... I was fuel everywhere! I quickly shutoff my bike and coast it on to the sidewalk. I frantically try to access my fuel shutoff valve. . I removed it the night before because I was in a hurry and didn't want to fool with measuring and slicing rubber lines to get the valve in! me! I quickly remove my seat to access my tool bag and get my locking vise grips to pinch the line and stop the fuel leak... !!! Again, I had used the vise grips to pinch the old line and left them attached in my garage back home. I look up and realize the whole group is long gone and could faintly hear them in the distance. ! I'm in a neighborhood and I'm on a pretty steep street going down. Luckily, gravity is on my side and I walked my leaking bike 4 city blocks down to a Walgreens parking lot.

At this point, I'm pretty stressed and I'm leaking my FULL tank of gas everywhere. I look under and see the gas is running out of one of the carb vent hoses. I try to plug it with my screw driver, but fuel is now coming out of my air filter box. I called every person in my contacts that I knew lived in downtown... They were all out riding that morning in the mountains a few hours away. Dang! After talking to tow services and rental repair spaces, I decided to give the wife a call for help.

She showed up a few hours later with my tool bag, rags, gloves, and a few parts that I had laying on my work bench at home. I wrestled through fatigue and stress, and after a FULL teardown in the parking lot of Walgreens, I got my carbs figured out and put all back together!

The culprit was a dummy who installed an inline fuel filter backwards! The day before I had reused my filter and didn't mark which side was dirty... Ugh!!!!

Well, I really wanted to give up. But I managed.

Here's the post I put up on the local forum here: https://www.bayarearidersforum.com/f...8&postcount=12

Also a link to some random persons public IG account where they posted a video of us riding off... not the whole group was captured in it, but I was in it towards the end
https://www.instagram.com/1965_dreamer/

Anyways, I got her running and made it home before dark out. I even got the chance to get a random stranger to take a picture of me in front of the Golden Gate Bridge with their own phone and then had them text it to me
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Wow! You had quite a day. On your clutch issue, I would rebuild the slave cylinder. Big problem on Kawasaki. The slave is the lowest point of the system so all of the water and crud migrate down there. Be careful not to disturb the clutch pushrod. If you do pull it, note that it only goes in one direction. Good time to replace the seal if it is leaking. Be sure to lube the pushrod before installing. A dry seal will fail very quickly.
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What a crappy day - but hey - at least no fire - you and the bike didn't get damaged. You got a good story to tell that's not too embarrassing and re-affirmed your good choice of life partner.

If your KZ is like mine check your oil. When my carbs flooded it went straight to the crankcase via an airbox vent. Or wait a minute - do you have pod filters?

I also ditched the tank vacuum petcock and went with one I could turn off manually
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