1971 Kawasaki F8 - 2 smoke street tracker build

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by MiteyF, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. Boojum

    Boojum I Miss the PartyBoss

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    Looks Very Nice....................:clap

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  2. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Grand job lad - lovin' it :D
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    I grew up in Kawi dealers in the 70's. That's a mighty fine rebuild!!! :thumb
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  5. Dorzok

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    lots of cool stuff happening here. two stroke...beetle...NA miata. what year beetle; '65?
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  6. MiteyF

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    Thanks a bunch for the kind comments, they help keep me motivated! I'm really excited about how it's shaping up!

    Dorzok - We have lots of fun toys at our house! The bug is a '62, she was the DD until a few years ago when the DR and then Strom took that place. Now I'm free to make her all nice and pretty and not worry about driving in the rain, salt etc. I'd post more pictures of the bug (kinda my pride and joy) but that would only complicate my Kawi thread :rofl

    The Miata is one of my roommate's DD, a '93 I believe? I fucking hated Miatas until I drove one.... they're the tits :evil The coolest gay car ever (or are they the gayest cool car?)
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  7. King_Troll68

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    cool bike man! I've got two f9 bikes in the garage that i've wanted to do up like yours!
    I've read that the crankcase oil lubricates only the left side of the crank and the two cycle oil lubricates the right(where that gallery is).
    I wanted to block off mine too and just premix in the gasoline tank myself till i read that.
    unlesss i'm wrong but i didn't want to damage the crank so i left it stock.
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  8. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Awe, c'mon! If you want it to look like a REAL Kawasaki tracker you need to get the carb with the bell mouth and get the K&N hanging out in the breeze on the right side:

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    Here's Donzilla's Big Horn 350:

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    All kidding aside, your bike is hot! But that carb out there with the K&N is hotter yet!
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  9. Euromad

    Euromad Been here awhile

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    Hey Mitey, nice bike! Great inspiration-where did you source the Chinese shocks? I've got a few projects that might be improved with cheap shocks.
    Curious how they'll feel after riding the 70's boingers.
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  10. MiteyF

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    Markk - I've thought about (and am still considering) the aftermarket carb/filter, partly because my carb cover is scuffed all to hell. But right now, I've got the stock carb, but no real $$ for a new one... and I have no idea what will fit!

    Euro - the shocks came from eGay, about $80 + shipping
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  11. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Best trick, measure the one on the bike at the mount end then maybe add 2mm to the size - 30mm bore, 32mm replacement carb. If you want to keep cost down, stay with the biggest carb you can get with the same mount size. I don't know if the Kaw is a spigot mount or not. If the stock carb has a clamp built in the end, not a problem, you can always get the plain ended Mikuni and use a piece of radiator hose to mount it. When I put a 32 on the Bultaco a friend made a spigot/flange manifold to bolt to the stock manifold, then I bought a radiator hose that fit over the carb and manifold (same size) then cut off what I needed and hose clamped it on the carb and on the manifold. Quick & easy.

    The actual flat trackers did 38mm I think. That was kind of standard on the big bores. 250s ran 34mm and 125-200 ran 32mm. I'd say look for a 32-36mm Mikuni VM so that you have best jet availability. The old 250 MX bikes ran 32mm so I doubt you'd be starving the bike for gas and probably have decent lower range power. I don't think the 38 would be the best for general riding and a mostly stock engine.

    I would love to play with one of those Kaws just because I liked the rotary valve and the carb hanging out there.
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  12. King_Troll68

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  13. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    I saw those shocks, but shied away when all they mentioned was adjustment by adding nitrogen. I know they're cheap shocks (although it is hard to believe they'd be worse than most older twin shock type shocks), but I saw nothing about any damping adjustments. Do they have any damping adjustment?

    By the way, Woody Kyle used to be the man for the old Big Horn flattrackers back in the 70s. They were rockets until they siezed. That one Metro Racing Big Horn that Donzilla has is a Woody Kyle replica.
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  14. MiteyF

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    You can adjust them via air or the spring. Having not tried them yet, I have no idea how they'll work. They DO seem quite firm though.

    King - thanks for the link!
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  15. King_Troll68

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    No Prob Mitey.

    I was wondering is your bike a 6 volt or a 12 volt?
    Mine a 6 and i hate it, do you know anything about converting it over cause my pocket flashlight is brighter than this thing!
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  16. MiteyF

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    King - it's 6 volt. You may be able to rewind the stator and change out some of the electrics, but I haven't looked into it and have never heard of it done. These old girls of mine are rarely out at night for just that reason!
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  17. OldF7Guy

    OldF7Guy Been here awhile

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    Awesome build!! I loved these old Kaw enduros and as my user name suggests I rode a F7 175 a gazillion miles back in the day. I also had a MC1M 90cc enduro that I put 10K miles on just in the neighborhood and in the fields ect.... I would love to see pics of your MC1M also.
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  18. MiteyF

    MiteyF Long timer

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    I don't have many pictures of the MC right now, and it's buried behind about 10 other bikes in the shed. It's down a few rungs on the "shit to get done" ladder, but after the F8, ATC70 and my hand healing, she'll get tidied up. Here's how I bought it

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    And here's about what it looks like now, sans front wheel and a partial (flat track :evil ) seat

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  19. OldF7Guy

    OldF7Guy Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the pics it brings back memories. Mine had lights, speedo ect... It may have been a Mc1. Mine was blue and a 74 model and yours looks like a 75. I also had a G5 100 once upon a time. I love those old Kaws.
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  20. MiteyF

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    F7, they are indeed great bikes.

    My hand is healing, and I had to find something to do in the sun today. Got my exhaust manifold back from the powdercoater and got the exhaust mocked up. Still have to make 1 bushing and get some springs for it to be "installed".

    We've apparently got a sheet metal roller at work, so eventually I'll make a custom expansion chamber, but for now it will do.

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