Well guys… she’s up and running. For those of you that haven’t seen my past posts, I’ve spent the last 9 months restoring my dads 81. With a little (aka a lot) of help from some friends and everyone on this forum I was able to bring her back to life. She’s still a little dirty but doesn’t leak and runs like a champ.
In fact I’m literally out in my first ride right now. And… well… I’m in love. I was having so much fun riding around with my stupid ear-to-ear grin that I forgot I only had a gallon of gas and have run out of fuel. (Fuel sending unit still needs some work) hahahaha
Luckily there was a pizza shop nearby and a gas station just beyond that. Hahaha! So far so good!
Congrats on getting the bike straightened out and enjoy the trip down memory lane. There's a reason your Dad kept the bike and maybe it was to share with you, something that was near and dear to his heart. Appreciate the gift and here's hoping you'll keep it and enjoy riding while thinking of your Dad.
I felt like a viagra pill with a face. Hahaha. Getting this machine up and running after so many years and going on my first ride has been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I can remember riding around with him as a small child, sitting up on the tank. Even back then I remember thinking “this is f***ing cool”.I’ve done just under 100 miles in 24 and it’s safe to say I’m addicted. This is one of those things I’ll have for a lifetime… or who knows. I may pass it on to my future kid one day. I’ll be taking it over to my dads in a couple weeks. He has no idea that I pulled it out of storage. Should be a awesome surprise. And a big thank you to everyone on this forum. You all have so much knowledge and experience, and have created an invaluable resource that will surely help keep these beautiful bikes on the road for years to come.Cheers everyone
The following user(s) said Thank You: dcarver220b, Kawboy, PaulD
When my Dad was discharged from the Royal Canadians Navy in '45, he bought a "War Surplus" Harley '45 which he rode up to 1951. I didn't get the privilege of "inheriting" it because he sold it to buy my Mom an engagement ring !
When I bought my '80 I took him for a ride.....for nostalgia ! There was no shortage of explanatives when I got him him back at home. That's one of my memories.
I'd love to see the look on your dads face when he see's his resurrected "13" !
Something you will remember , certainly.
Good on ya !
1980 KZ 1300 sr# KZT30A-009997
Always High - Know Fear !