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Old 02-24-2013, 01:10 PM   #7081
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Bought this little beauty over in Lexington with a buggered spark plug hole and dead starter. All good now and runs like a top. 72 CB350


Some people will tell you that slow is good - and it may be, on some days - but I am here to tell you that fast is better. I've always believed this, in spite of the trouble it's caused me. Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles, Bubba....
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:39 AM   #7082
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Darn, just a few more seconds and you could have got the cat in there too.

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Bought this little beauty over in Lexington with a buggered spark plug hole and dead starter. All good now and runs like a top. 72 CB350


Some people will tell you that slow is good - and it may be, on some days - but I am here to tell you that fast is better. I've always believed this, in spite of the trouble it's caused me. Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles, Bubba....
Song of the Sausage Creature
by Hunter S. Thompson

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Old 02-26-2013, 12:40 PM   #7083
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:47 PM   #7084
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1978 Kawasaki KZ650, bought new in 1978 along with my 1982 Kawasaki ELR.


I have had 3 78 KZ650's,bullit proof!!.


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Old 02-26-2013, 10:16 PM   #7085
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1978 Kawasaki KZ650, bought new in 1978 along with my 1982 Kawasaki ELR.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...pse2a55185.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...1/100_0102.jpg
Them Kawasaki's look great.
But that Sammi looks like it could use a spring over & tires.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:00 AM   #7086
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Them Kawasaki's look great.
But that Sammi looks like it could use a spring over & tires.
Thanks, the Sammi is my wife's, she won't let me do anything to it. I have this to play with off road

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Old 03-01-2013, 05:29 AM   #7087
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:10 AM   #7088
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:44 PM   #7089
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All the 500-750 bikes!!!

You know, I see a LOT of say, 550 and 650 bikes in this thread. I understand that those used to be the reigning kings of the 2 wheel world, but are the new 650's the same as the old ones, vis a vis performance, or has technology moved us forward/backward with time? For instance, can a 1100 CC cruiser actually outperform a CB 650 from the 1980's for power, or is it simply a larger engine geared lower for making more noise and sexier advertising claims and mag copy, without much improvement in handling?

Also, those with CB 650 Custom bikes (Honda), does anyone if a simple shock absorber change can increase stiffness in the suspension if the factory shocks (with 20K miles on them) are currently on the bike, in other words, would replacing those with something taller/stiffer make the bike not bottom out so badly on relatively small bumps in the road? Is there a shock absorber recommendation out there for this bike (1981)??
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:32 AM   #7090
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back in the day...

The Yamaha XS1100 ruled...the first liter plus superbike to come to the USA ...in 1978 it came from the factory with 95 hp and could be flogged all day long with sub 12 second 1/4 miles @ 135 mph...

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Old 03-03-2013, 04:38 AM   #7091
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Also, those with CB 650 Custom bikes (Honda), does anyone if a simple shock absorber change can increase stiffness in the suspension if the factory shocks (with 20K miles on them) are currently on the bike, in other words, would replacing those with something taller/stiffer make the bike not bottom out so badly on relatively small bumps in the road? Is there a shock absorber recommendation out there for this bike (1981)??
20K is no milage for a set of shocks, especially on US roads! are they still set on the lowest setting, they usually are, maybe try turning them up to the hard setting?
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:09 AM   #7092
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You know, I see a LOT of say, 550 and 650 bikes in this thread. I understand that those used to be the reigning kings of the 2 wheel world, but are the new 650's the same as the old ones, vis a vis performance, or has technology moved us forward/backward with time? For instance, can a 1100 CC cruiser actually outperform a CB 650 from the 1980's for power, or is it simply a larger engine geared lower for making more noise and sexier advertising claims and mag copy, without much improvement in handling?

Also, those with CB 650 Custom bikes (Honda), does anyone if a simple shock absorber change can increase stiffness in the suspension if the factory shocks (with 20K miles on them) are currently on the bike, in other words, would replacing those with something taller/stiffer make the bike not bottom out so badly on relatively small bumps in the road? Is there a shock absorber recommendation out there for this bike (1981)??
Hi Bubba - greetings from across the pond! I have a 81/82 CB750C, with my son and myself on board (200lbs each!) it was like a hardtail! I know it's far away but if you have a 'Hagon' supplier then here's my answer - I got in touch with them and at no extra charge they supplied a set of shocks to the original length (about 1" shorter than roadster) in an adjustable heavy duty version. No problems since then; on low setting for solo use and dial them up for pillion use. Also totally improved roadholding when solo. you can also get stainless shrouds for that 'sparkling' look!
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:05 AM   #7093
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:14 PM   #7094
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My cream puff with under 9k on the ticker


I had one identical to yours.
I currently have a frame, engine and several boxes of parts which are supposed to turn into one of these. They are such a nice bike to ride. I have so many good memories from my old one, I'm really hoping to re-kindle even a bit of that with this one.
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:15 PM   #7095
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Round headlights are just cooler....

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