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Beautiful bike man!!!
Got "She's lost that loving feeling" stuck in my head now
 

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Thanks Whitey,

I picked her up with only 5500 miles - a virgin

A truly preserved 85 and I am in the process of upgrading her. My first bike was and 86 Ninja 600 in Captain America colors and always loved this bike! My friends think I'm smoking cause I have passed up the new R-1 and Kawa liter bikes. I just told them, how many of these do you see? Originality my man!

Thanks for the Top Gun memories!
 

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lol... yeah I understand that, I love how my bike stands out at bike nites and other gatherings. It seems most of the newer bikes look so much alike after awhile it gets hard to tell one from the other. :?
 

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I'm all for cruisers, mainly because my proportions don't allow me to ride sportbikes. I just love the comfort and speed of early 80-mid 80's cruisers. Granted my cruiser is a yamaha virago I still love this site because of the smart members and the forum format. I'll post some pics of my new/used 81 virago

It is the original air-cooled, v-twin japanese cruiser.

I've been doing a lot of work on it myself and having some done at a shop, So far here's what's been done.
1. New Tires
2. Reupholstered Seat - Yummy Leather is how I refer to it's texture
3. Flushed & Filled Every fluid - shaftdrive, tranny, oil, etc
4. The bike has dual- carbs so those have been retuned.
5. Cleaned up gauges inside and out, only 19k original miles
6. New Fork Seals and oil, etc.
7. New Battery & Tune- Up
8. Original Cruise Control lever :)

Now all I need is one yamaha gas tank emblem, and the left and right side covers, short on cash thanks to the economy but i will hopefully have a job soon. I'll post pics when it gets back from the shop early this week.

In the future I'll throw on some new grips and highway pegs, repaint the tank and fenders and put LED's on for all my current lights, may do a dual horn system my low horn is good now but I'm going to make the horn button a short push = low a long push = Freeway horn FIAA
 

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Hey all, just joined was searching to learn more about my first bike 1980 Kawasaki KZ250 LTD. last licensed in 1985, has 1009.X miles on it. I've notice that someone said the younger generation is going out with the old and in with the new? I'd have to disagree, I see more and more kids driving older cars, I'm 30 I have a 1962 IH Scout and a 1967 IH 1300 series 1 ton flatbed, then again I've always been a little strange when it comes to vehicles.
 

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Hey thats the ticket. I love my 1987 ZX750R, she still got lots of spunk.
only 20,000ks
I just got it a few weeks ago, When I was about 21 of age I was going to Buy one, but I purchassed a 750 Maxin instead.
When I found this one, I kind of got a flash back of the first time we met.
Anyway you know what I mean.
So I bought it for $2750 Cert plus 30 day Warrt.
About five miles after picking it up, I love it, its like taking 20 years off, go from 40 back to being 20 again.

I havent opened it up yet to see what she can do, but I crank it up to 200Kms and she had lots more to give.

Frogy
 

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This is cool!!! Great bikes Monjoho. I learned to ride on a honda scrambler a long time ago and would love to have one now. I still have my 75 Norton and I would love to find a KZ 900 project bike, even if it cost more than $50. I always check the Cruiser threads, but I will add this to my routine.
 

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You wouldn't happen to know how to get the rubber diaphram out of the carb with out ripping it would you; on the '80 KZ 250? I just got my bike and do not have a shop manual.

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Carefully! No, really, if you have the top of the carb off and the rubber diaphram is stuck to the carb itself, you can use a dull toothpick and go around the outside edges VERY carefully and lift the edge up by sliding the toothpick around the outside while GENTLY pushing toward the center of the carb. I have used this technique a few times and it has worked great everytime.
 

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I have the rubber part away from the carb body but the center metal cylinder that goes down the throat of the carb will not budge (not that I am trying very hard) but is it supposed to come out with the diaphram or does the rubber part come off of the white plastic ring in the center?

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The rubber diaphram is connected to the slide. If your slide is stuck, I have put a little WD40 down from the top (carefully protecting the rubber diaphram. Not sure if WD40 will hurt it, but didn't want to take any chances) and let it sit for about 5 minutes and the slide came right out with the diaphram still intact with the slide.
 

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Let me re-phrase some of my above post. You CAN take the rubber diaphram off the slide, but you SHOULD be able to get the slide out without taking the rubber diaphram off.
 

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I have got a hot KZ250 CSR that hasn't been ridden since '94. Lots of rust and a carb that has been superglued together. I am loving fixing this bike up.
 

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If you use a shim too large it will hold your valve open which will cause compression loss and burn the valve.
 

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going to a smaller shimm

If you use a shim too large it will hold your valve open which will cause compression loss and burn the valve.
Sorry for the missunderstanding I meant to go to .05mm to .10mm smaller shimm than whats is called for not larger.
 
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