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Old 07-17-2012, 02:29 PM   #16
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You might lower the rpms on the idle & besure to get that ign key replaced.

You dog, what a cool scoot

A problem with Kawasaki ignition keys I don't know about?
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Old 07-18-2012, 01:41 PM   #17
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Also check fuel flow/petcock filters. Maybe there isn't enough flow to keep the bowls filled.
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Old 07-18-2012, 03:18 PM   #18
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Sold mine!! What was i thinkin??? Mine was all blue color. A repole form the bank, for $851.00. Why $851? That one $ won it me!!
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Old 07-18-2012, 03:34 PM   #19
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Hmmm.

I am Hating you, now. Too cool a bike to not be mine...
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:20 PM   #20
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Laugh trick photo?

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A problem with Kawasaki ignition keys I don't know about?
in the pic the tach reads 1900 with no key in the ignition
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Old 07-18-2012, 06:31 PM   #21
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I had one of those - great touring bike. I got mine after the owner dropped it in his gravel driveway and it slid into the fence slightly bending the forks. His wife made him sell it and it went very cheap as no-one wanted a non-runner. $40 for fork tube straightening later it was back on the road. It was a very good bike and one of my favourites over the years; handled well for the time, comfortable, great for pillioning, fitted my BMW Krauser bags as well, grunty engine, stone reliable and decent fuel consumption. I had no problems at all with mine apart from a noisy timing chain that started about the 40,000 mile mark.

When I eventually sold it on consignment through one of the local dealers it was illegally seized as floor stock by the receiver when the shop suddenly went bankrupt after one of the staff had been embezzling the funds. Took many months to get it back.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:41 AM   #22
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Had the bike up and running well for a couple of week. I took it to East Side perfomance in Mesa AZ. The carbs were redone, new steering head bearings , new fork seals, fixed errant wiring and the brakes. It runs like a champ now.


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Old 10-05-2012, 12:57 AM   #23
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Nice companions. My CBXs have a Hayabusa next to them in the garage. Installing braided SS brake lines, EBC brake pads, 15w fork oil with ProSus fork springs and a fork brace helped immensely. I also found some old style Koni adjustable shocks for the rear. I love riding the old bikes, even touring on them. My 82 has over 103,000 on it so far. Good luck with yours!
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:03 AM   #24
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in the pic the tach reads 1900 with no key in the ignition
Typical of an electric speedometer/tach, the needle doesn't necessarily point to zero with the power turned off.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:45 AM   #25
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Great looking bike! Kawasaki should resurrect this model...it would sell today!
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:00 AM   #26
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Looks like she's running a bit lean/hot, judging by the exhaust headers, perhaps raising the needles a notch is in order?

Although that bluing does look cool
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:52 AM   #27
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Looks like she's running a bit lean/hot, judging by the exhaust headers, perhaps raising the needles a notch is in order?

Although that bluing does look cool
More likely because the inner tubes have fallen to bits due to moisture.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:39 PM   #28
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More likely because the inner tubes have fallen to bits due to moisture.
I wasn't aware that Japanese bikes even had dual-walled headers, I remember my GS1000 started bluing the exhaust after I rode it 'vigorously' in cool weather (dense air), maybe 10% ethanol crap gas has negative consequences as well, they weren't blue up until that point, the bike hadn't been ridden a whole lot for years before I got my hands on it.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:05 AM   #29
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That's super clean! Nice score.
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