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My new winter project Kawasaki Z650/SR

12-27-2011, 06:12 PM
It's been a while since i last logged in, been busy with work/house and family but i finaly decided i needed a new project during the winter.

I found this old scoot the other day, the dude who owned it have had it since it was almost brand new.. BUT! it have been sitting outside for a looooong time and it looks pretty beat up, but under all that dirt and crap i saw a nice shiny bike so i decided to give it a chance.
When we got down there i was a bit sceptic it would start even turn.. but 1 fresh battery and 10 sec's later it started.. ran like crap though but still! it started which was pretty amazing tbh.. 5 year old plugs and gas don't help i guess :P
I payed the man and we loaded it on the trailer.
Today we hooked up a new battery and fitted 4 new sparkplugs and voila! it runs great.. all the electric work.. front and back light, brake light, turn signals.. even the signal horn.. after 5 years outside in the rain, snow, wind, sun etc etc? :)
I took a short test run on it and it runs really great.. brakes was a bit iffy but the loosened up after a while, fork needs to be fixed with new seals etc but i'm in love :)
It looks like crap now but in a few months i hope it will look.. maybe not like brand new but a helluva lot better.

I have a few crappy mobile pics of it.. new better ones will be uploaded.
Just thought i'd share my new bargain which will keep me busy for a while.

12-27-2011, 06:28 PM ( is another good website to visit along with kz rider .com

12-30-2011, 01:38 PM
Nice! Looks like a fun project! keep us updated!

12-30-2011, 07:56 PM
Started to take the bike apart yesterday, tank, fenders and side covers for paint.
I will paint it my self just like the other one i "restored" it turned out pretty **** good imo so i feel confident that this one will to.
Got a new handlebar to replace the ugly rusted TT bar that came with the bike, bought a new seat cover from UK.. not much done but some at least to keep me busy :)
Still need a few bits and pieces but i'm in no rush.. that's one part of the fun.. the hunt for the replacing parts :D

A few pics

Gary - K7GLD
12-30-2011, 08:44 PM
Really a shame, the way some folks treat nice stuff - no pride in themselves or what they have. Congratulations on your find, and in taking the time to put the old girl back in shape and on the road - keep us posted!

12-31-2011, 12:48 AM
Reminds me of my previous bike. I bought a '78 Yamaha (can I say that here) XS750E from my brother-in-law for $400. He was the original owner. It had similar wheels and color as well. It was a triple, and I never got it running smooth enough for my satisfaction. I was interesting owning it, as I remember riding on it with him when he bought it (I was 16 at the time). It was state of the art at the time with disc brakes front and rear and shaft drive.

I also found interesting how easily your find started. It seems I've always had carb problems after my bikes sitting for a relatively short period of time, and then another brother-in-law of mine finds an old KZ900 (I believe) that had been laying in a field for months if not years. I asked what he had to do get it running, and he said just put gas in the tank.

01-08-2012, 05:41 PM
Parts is coming off one by one now.. sorry for the ugly pics, i did'nt have my camera so i had to use my phone :/

01-23-2012, 07:37 PM
Nice find.
Looking forward to your projects outcome.