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Old 06-30-2013, 12:31 AM   #7336
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Thanks to a gracious offer from different forum member I took a rip up to Merritt BC today in the family truckster and made a deal for his 1966 Kawasaki. Rotary two stroke with rotary shift. Missing only a couple parts (side stand, chain idler, center stand) but for the most part everything is there. I will be the third official owner as I received with the bike a bill of sale and transfer from 1967 where the p.o. purchased the bike in East Vancouver from the original owner, his brother. So, I guess that makes mine the second family to own this little bike. Kind of cool I thought.

From the looks of things (and what the google machine says) the bike should be a 1966 Kawasaki J1tr frame number J1R00055. It has two rear sprockets and from what I can gather the chain had two master links. One for highway and one for the dirt. 7700 miles on the clock but who knows.

Red was the original colour and that's just fine with the wife, she likes red. Hope to work on this for a while with the family and to download some experience to my son. I know nothing about these but the family said get it so they could ride. I'm sure there are some around here though that might be able to shine some light on strange parts for me.;)

Just a few pics as she sits now coming home. This should take a while as I'm in no hurry and depending on how well we restore this little 85cc it will either go up for sale or become my wife's new dirt bike.:p From the family interest though I doubt it will hit ebay.




Here's a link to a site that pointed me in the direction of identifying the little 85cc as well as an old Australian sales poster from way back when.
http://www.cyclechaos.com/wiki/Kawasaki_J1
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Old 06-30-2013, 12:48 PM   #7337
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Old 06-30-2013, 12:53 PM   #7338
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Old 06-30-2013, 02:18 PM   #7339
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1966 Kawasaki J1tr frame number J1R00055. It has two rear sprockets and from what I can gather the chain had two master links. One for highway and one for the dirt. 7700 miles on the clock but who knows.



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Old 06-30-2013, 02:40 PM   #7340
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Very nice! I like the all black.

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Old 07-01-2013, 01:09 PM   #7341
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CB450, I posted a pic last year, but she's got a new paint job... ferrari red (rosso scuderia). This shot is near the summit of Snowy Range Pass in Wyoming.

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Old 07-01-2013, 01:49 PM   #7342
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CB450, I posted a pic last year, but she's got a new paint job... ferrari red (rosso scuderia).
Beautiful! Can't wait to get mine back together. Are you sure that's a 74? Mine has disc front and is titled as a 74. Whatever it is it's a looker.

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Old 07-01-2013, 01:52 PM   #7343
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I just knew that John would see that pretty red paint and have to comment!
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:56 PM   #7344
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Wait til you see the tank I found. From a K3. And a frame with locked up motor and a title for $150. I need a bigger garage.
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:25 PM   #7345
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Beautiful! Can't wait to get mine back together. Are you sure that's a 74? Mine has disc front and is titled as a 74. Whatever it is it's a looker.

John
Yep, about 15 years ago the bike was "restored" and apparently to keep it "old school" they decided to replace the disks with drums?! I don't know the full story, maybe it had been wrecked and they found and used what they could on the cheap.

It did still have the original tank, but had been stored for a decade with gas in it and it became unusable. A friend gave me the tank that's on it... a moto morini 125.
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:15 PM   #7346
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The ex's Ascot.

Just got a little makeover by me. Posed in the previous couch location.

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Old 07-02-2013, 07:31 PM   #7347
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What a sweet looking Honda!! It sure looks at least nicer than any couch I have ever had...

So is the ex out because she could not part with the couch?

I like your bike, it looks like what mine would eventually become, mind if I ask the year? It looks sortof like late 80's, early 1990's to me, but I am not a whiz on bikes by any severe stretch of the imagination! It looks brand new in condition!
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:42 PM   #7348
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Always liked the lines of those VT500's. I've never ridden one but would buy one just 'cause they're so damn pretty!
Bubba Chicken, I think they were only made two years '83 & '84. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:59 PM   #7349
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Always liked the lines of those VT500's. I've never ridden one but would buy one just 'cause they're so damn pretty!
Bubba Chicken, I think they were only made two years '83 & '84. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Wow, that bike is styled a little ahead of what I thought its time was! Wow. It is still in fantastic cosmetic shape! I like it went in place of the couch too! Having had a few ex'es myself, I can just imagine how mine would have factored in the bike in the place of living room furniture, and it makes me smile broadly and cheer just a little!
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:35 AM   #7350
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CB450, I posted a pic last year, but she's got a new paint job... ferrari red (rosso scuderia). This shot is near the summit of Snowy Range Pass in Wyoming.

I love what you have done with this bike! Japanese reliability, with a European stylish look! Great work!
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