Some may have seen my thread asking what this baby was worth when I posted in General Discussion yesterday.
I went to see it this morning and ended up walking away with it, spending just over my original budget.
Never-the-less, this is now my long term cafe racer project.
It's a 1980 KZ750E - the air-cooled four pot cousin of the KZ750 with the parallel twin.
The bloke I bought it off said he got it from a bloke who essentially left it in his shed since the late 90s, and as a result, it only has a genuine 24,xxx KMs on the odo.
The problem was, at some point while old mate had it sitting in his shed, he raped it for a lot of it's parts, and then some time later, appeared to want to get it on the road again. As a result, the wiring has been played with, and it had one single Chinese eBay indicator dangling off it.
I got it home this afternoon, and after rearranging the garage to make room, moved it into it's new home for the foreseeable future.
Less than an hour later, I had it looking like this:
This gave me a chance to build a list of things to do.
And that's how it sits as of now.
Plans, as I'm sure you've worked out, are to go down a cafe racer path, with a dash of flat tracker style.
The factory silver will be ditched in favour of an orange/brown mixture, and if I can get my hands on a new/good used loom, I'll strip it down to the frame to get that sandblasted and powdercoated.
Engine will get the gasket kit, as you can see above, at a bare minimum. I'll inspect the rest as I go.
As I said, this is a long-term project. Reason being that I'm new to the world of two wheeled fun, so I'm going to be learning along the way. I also have at least 12 months until I can legally ride it, so luckily I will not have the temptation to ride it if it's in pieces.
I am looking forward to having it running though, as these are a kick arse bike.
I'll leave you with some of my inspirations for the project..