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brawr's 1979 Kawasaki kz400

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Been hunting for a bike project for a little while, this one popped up on facebook marketplace in the Hutt valley and was cheapy cheap cheap. 

I don't have a bike license and have never ridden anything scarier than a farm bike, so I'll be getting this back on the road, then using it to git gud at riding and tinkering with it/aesthetically adjusting it on rainy days. Hoping to get it back legal again while we've still got some sunshine..

 

Here it is when I picked it up. It's been off the road for about 9 years, and it shows, but it seems like the bones are good, and it kicked over okay. 

 

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Key is a bent fork, so that's a thing.

But carjam clear and numbers match, so allG.

 

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See also: Kawaiicatty

 

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Mostly surface rust, only proper rot is on the underside of the seat, and that's getting binned. Oh, and the exhausts are rotten, so they'll get replaced at some point.

 

New battery and some fresh fuel and it fired right up, chuffed! Carbs are pretty grotty and seem to stick (a CV thing?), so will get some cheapy mikuni clones or something on Ali and try them instead.

 

Eventual goalz:

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Cool beans

Is that a CB250RS I spy in the background? Had one as my first bike.

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So sweet dude.

 

Get yourself and it legal and we can go on hoonze

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Cool beans

Is that a CB250RS I spy in the background? Had one as my first bike.

Yep! Belongs to the missus, she's doing similar things with that one, much excite!

Nice little thing, dorky eyeball aside.

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Got carried away.

Cleaning bits up as they come off, it's all coming up pretty nicely. Got some bits and bobs on order to replaced the buggered bits, so looking forward to Mr Postieman showing up.

Plan remains: strip to frame, tidy to wof spec, rebuild/wof & re-vin/ride.

Good progress so far.

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Progress marches on. Stripped down to frame, removed grime and much of the surface rust, and rustkilled the rest. Bit of paint and it's actually almost looking kinda semi smart now. Just waiting on postie before I can start putting stuff back together.

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Awees bro.

Frame came up a treat.

 

You gonna do any highlight/2nd colour on the tank?

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Might pop a vinyl stripe or something on it, having a think and a play with designs at the moment. Not sure it'll stay this colour forever anyway, just a bit neater than the skanky chipped mattyB

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Cheers man, the photo is quite flattering to it but it looks way better than it did. Colour was a spur of the moment choice but I'm really digging it.

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Seat arrived today, thanks AliExpress! Not going to be attached for a while (until after its rereged anyway), but I couldn't help mocking it up.

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Fuck yeah, booooooooi

However, the lack of dent fixing on tank lols me.

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Dents add character, dents are good.

Edit: you should see the bad side.

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Mate, you don't fuck around do you!

That's looking super sweet!

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Mate, you don't fuck around do you!

You did see the Starlet in his earlier pictures, right?

..pewhuehue

'sup Kettle?

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