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Old 05-08-2013, 07:21 PM   #16
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The gold chain:



With the fork and front wheel on, looks like a mini MX bike kinda.





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Old 05-10-2013, 03:14 PM   #17
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Great work on the restoration!

Looking forward to seeing the rest of the pics when it's done!
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:16 PM   #18
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Sweet! My first bike was a '78 KM100. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:29 AM   #19
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Nice resto work, I'm really digging that Guzzi red paint and nice buffy jobs on the shiney bits

Looking forward to seeing the first ride.
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:31 AM   #20
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Well we started pulling some of the dents out of the tank. We didn't want to buy a stud welder gun thingy so we just took some framing nails and cut the heads off and welded them on to the side. We then chucked up the nail shaft to our old decrepit slide hammer and started pulling them out.



All of the handlebar controls are now on.





I'm not sure how well that shorty clutch lever is going to work out. It doesn't have enough leverage and makes for a very heavy clutch pull.





I was hoping that we could have this thing put back together in time for the next cyclegear bike night where they have a slow race. Unfortunately that's not going to happen. I won it last time I went on my WR250R, even against a guy on a honda minibike. This bike would make it a walk in the park I think.
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Old 05-13-2013, 04:34 PM   #21
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Really cool build. It is coming out quite nicely.
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:23 PM   #22
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Nice job! Excluding labor what have your expenses been?
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:40 PM   #23
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Nice job! Excluding labor what have your expenses been?
Probably about $400 or so. We might end up with about $500 in it total when it's done.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:32 PM   #24
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Great job so far! A couple of years ago, I had picked up a barn find YZ80 for free and brought it back to life. Doing that project with my son was one of the best experiences I've ever had.

Happy to see that you're bringing an old bike back to life and, you're doing it with your dad.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:18 PM   #25
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Great Job on KD

freetors, great job on the KD80. It may rival your Dad's work on the R100/7 and his KLR650 and you didn't have much to start with, he had complete bike in good condition.

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Old 05-20-2013, 08:28 AM   #26
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A small update. Haven't gotten a whole lot more done since the last time. Still trying to avoid bodywork...

Anyways we made this new "number plate" that replaces the factory plastic one. This also does double duty to keep the forks from getting twisted.



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Old 05-20-2013, 09:59 AM   #27
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this is great to see...

around 1982, maybe '83, i had a KD 80. it was the first bike i really wiped out on... WOT, tearing up a gravel road (likely at something like 30mph), started fishtailing and didn't know what to do so i grabbed a handful of front brake. hit the ground real quick. limped the bike home with some bent bars and a swollen knee. i hobbled around all summer with a painful knee after that accident; all swollen and bruised, but i didn't tell my mom anything about it 'cause she'd have sold the bike.

ahh, good times. i'd not mind another one someday for nostalgia.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:10 AM   #28
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this is great to see...

around 1982, maybe '83, i had a KD 80. it was the first bike i really wiped out on... WOT, tearing up a gravel road (likely at something like 30mph), started fishtailing and didn't know what to do so i grabbed a handful of front brake. hit the ground real quick. limped the bike home with some bent bars and a swollen knee. i hobbled around all summer with a painful knee after that accident; all swollen and bruised, but i didn't tell my mom anything about it 'cause she'd have sold the bike.

ahh, good times. i'd not mind another one someday for nostalgia.
Great story! This bike actually seemed pretty quick to me when I rode it a bit. Although the low revving engine quickly tells you that an upshift is needed if you really want to keep accelerating.
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:17 AM   #29
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Great story! This bike actually seemed pretty quick to me when I rode it a bit. Although the low revving engine quickly tells you that an upshift is needed if you really want to keep accelerating.
a friend at the time had a reasonably new XR 80. i'd smoke him regularly; just rip past him. until there was a hill. any hill. no amount of clutch and throttle would let me keep up with that XR if there was a hill.

i do remember that low revving engine. i went from that KD to a KX 80. i rode the KX the same way for a while; shifting early. man, my surprise when i didn't shift once... hit the power band and hot damn! it was a new world. one where i was the fastest. dude. ever.
in my mind at least :)
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:50 PM   #30
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I worked on the body work a bit today, wetsanding, etc. I dodn't like the front fender and didn't feel like buying one, so I decided to modify it. Here you can see just how big and ugly it is. The rear wheel iis actually elevated compared with the front so it sticks up almost past level.



How I intend to cut it:



After I cut it at the front and by the gaiters for clearance:



The earmuffs are holding the fender down while I run my heatgun over the plastic to bend it down some. It still needs some work though.
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