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1982 KZ1300 rescue and rebuild 2 months 1 week ago #24794

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That looks good, Stan. Forgive my ignorance, but what practical benefit does it give?

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1982 KZ1300 rescue and rebuild 2 months 1 week ago #24796

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It's supposed to act like a brace, making the handlebar more solid and prevent flexing. I suppose this can be true especially with heavy bikes and 7/8" bars instead of 1". Many off road bikes have this type of bar connecting the left and right handlebar sides already welded, so there is some science behind it. Similar to frame braces.

Also, I can attach a phone mount to it or GPS if I have it one day. At the moment maybe just a case for sunglasses or reading glasses. This bar I mounted I got from China and it is very well made despite being cheap.
1982 Kawasaki KZ1300 A4
1981 Kawasaki KZ1300 A3
assembling engine, chassis & electrical from 79 - 89 parts

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1982 KZ1300 rescue and rebuild 1 week 5 days ago #25134

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Good day today! Took the bike for a spin and the odometer passed the 10,000 mark. I did about 1900 miles since the rebuild. It's like a reset now for a new bike, it will be easy to monitor the mileage.

The bike had been sitting for about 2 months, in an outdoor open parkade, with fuel in the carburetors. No ethanol gas - no problem! Removed one bowl and it was shiny like new. Checked the battery - 12.7 Volts! It held the charge great without any charging. I haven't done anything on the bike as planned, and I wanted to check the carburetor as I had a bit of irregular idling when hot before. I think it was due to the quality of fuel plus addition of perhaps too much Sea Foam and Marvel Mystery 0il. I drained that fuel from the tank leaving probably just a couple liters in, then added a gallon of fresh no ethanol gas. I also enriched the fuel mix by 1/2 turn. That's all!

The bike started pretty much the moment I pressed the 'run' button! Very very happy :)

I also replaced the black airbox cover with the correct chromed one on one side. Looks great! The bike is even one step closer to stock.

1982 Kawasaki KZ1300 A4
1981 Kawasaki KZ1300 A3
assembling engine, chassis & electrical from 79 - 89 parts
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