StanG wrote: Could you post a photo of the bike at the current state? People here LOVE photos! And it also makes advising easier.
Here you go Stan, one pic of the engine on its side on my home made stand, and two of the bike frame, sitting outside until I can get the engine back in and then I'll start thinking on how to modify that.
I did not get anywhere today as I had an electrical issue with fuses blowing all the time on the KZ1000P. That took a while to trace and rectify... I hate intermittent, electrical faults!
Nice progress! Good to see a stripped frame. Is it going to be repainted or is it in a good shape and will stay as is? I guess you will be checking the wheels etc. At this stage, going this far, it's definitely recommended to revisit all the bearings. Looking at the drive shaft coupling and the swing arm adjusting plates - they are rusty. I'd definitely recommend servicing all the parts, including triple tree etc. If not changing the bearings themselves, they need repacking with fresh grease. But the seals might be brittle as well, and they usually come in a set with bearings and not expensive, so why not replace all while you have assess to them!
1982 Kawasaki KZ1300 A4
1981 Kawasaki KZ1300 A3
assembling engine, chassis & electrical from 79 - 89 parts
The frame is in excellent condition, but depending on what the final product needs to look like, be stripped of all brackets that are no longer needed, and other bits may be cut off/welded on. I am currently thinking of fitting Ohlins upside down front forks with uprated brakes, and depending on the length of the forks and the new arrangement on the rear suspension, may need to adjust the triple tree arrangement.
It will definitely be taken to all its component bits and whatever needs to will be replaced/serviced and really will be a project in itself!
This will involve building the bike up with engine in and all the bits bolted on. Then, when I am happy with what it looks like, take the whole thing apart again, paint and build back up.
.... like I said, this is going to be a long project!
I just got the first lot of bits back from the 'industrial' oven. Looking very nice, particularly the silver Simoniz paint. The grey top just needs a clear coat or two which will make the colour slightly darker and makes it glossy.
Quick mock-up pics attached.
Six-Pot-Cafe in the making...
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