Is this worth a new lease on life?

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by zozie, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. Brian-M

    Brian-M Melting in GA

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    You Really need to do a quick google before posting things like that...

    http://bit.ly/1chYVsD

    It's fuel injected BTW..


    I don't have scientific citation, but this is in the realm of what I *thought* was common sense these days. I remember learning about it in the mid 1990's from a member of the VFR list. He just happened to be the facilities manager for a not-insubstantial mining operating in NM. They were looking for cost-cutting measures and paper air filters were one area they tested. Engines with oiled foam or gauze filters required rebuilds at 1/2~2/3rds the lifespan of those that used OEM paper filters. And those engine rebuilds were more expensive due to more damage done by particles, it was a major loss in money for the mine and they moved everything to OEM paper filters.

    I don't care if you don't believe it because it's your stuff, not mine. But *I* sure as hell won't run that crap on any street vehicle, and my credentials include 14 years as a factory trained/certified MC mech and certified dyno operator (those filters Don't increase power in any measurable way ~ I've wasted more hours than you could imagine testing this for customers).
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  2. Krasniewski

    Krasniewski I don't ride much.

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    Oh, OK, those must be fake carbs that you see in the pic. Possible, I guess - the Thruxton has fake carbs - but that's for another reason. Ok, my initial smartass question was stupid, but you can't let google answer all of your questions, especially when you're looking at what is obviously a very custom bike.

    Also, you gauze filter story about mining equipment is cute, but most people don't ride around in the conditions of a mine.

    Common sense? Doesn't exist.



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  3. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    Lots of vehicles were fuel injected in '84, including several motorcycles. Fuel injection dates back to 1883.
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  4. Krasniewski

    Krasniewski I don't ride much.

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    Yeah, my bad. Obviously not that common until recently though. I def would use the word "lots" when it comes to 80's motorcycles.

    My point was more that THAT one, doesn't really look like it to me.
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  5. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    Ya. That particular machine looks like it has been converted to carburettors. The EFI system that Kawasaki used was very reliable, but it (as with anything) can fail. Finding a stock replacement is difficult, so switching to carbs is the least-hassle alternative (in the era before microsquirt).
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  6. CruisingRam

    CruisingRam Frankenbike builder

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    Lots of folks now just replace the old brain box with the MSEFI set up (megasquirt). The Throttle bodies off the 83gpz 1100 are actually sought after because they bolt up to the KZ series bikes. I know, I got one for my Z1 LOL
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  7. mikejohn

    mikejohn Long timer

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    I'm kinda keeping an eye out for a GSXR 750 to tuen into a naked bike, seen one that modded that way and I have been lusting after one since
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