My 72 Kawi G3SS cafe is nearing completion

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by MiteyF, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. MiteyF

    MiteyF Long timer

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    The 6V caps were not enough, as the charging system puts out 7-8 to charge the battery my 6V caps blew up. I also tried the high voltage cap and it blew my lights. Right now I'm running on a 6V (basically flashlight) battery, we'll see how that goes.

    Didn't realize there are no pictures of it completed :D

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  2. aaronanalog

    aaronanalog mopedder

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    Crap !!!! There has to be something to use besides a battery.

    I have a 74 G3ssD that I want to Cafe. I really wish I had the type of air filter that you have instead of the newer style one but I'm probably going to make something more low profile for it.
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  3. Dragonflylily

    Dragonflylily Been here awhile

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    What a talented group of individuals. Your recycling is true art MiteyF. Love those old VW's.
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  4. G3ssWoes

    G3ssWoes n00b

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    Beautiful build. This bike definitely inspired me to build up my g3ss as a cafe. I was wondering if you still had the red seat from your first build. If so, and you were willing to part with it, I'd be very interested in taking it off your hands. -Adam
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  5. MiteyF

    MiteyF Long timer

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    Thanks! Unfortunately, I sold the red seat to another guy "inspired" by my bike when I did the frame up.

    And I had to part with the old girl about a month ago to fund my 5000 mile ride :cry

    Look for a thread about my 250 Kawi F8 'tracker project coming up soon though :wink:
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  6. dgramo

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    I have been reading over this post as I recently acquired a G3SS myself. I really like the look of removing the side panels and relocating the electrics. Can you provide some more insight as to wiring and the capacitors you used? This would be a big help.
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  7. 408Fairmont

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    Thats a killer little bike, good job! I love the small bikes, and I want one to do almost the same as you, a little cafe bike. Just for booting around town and country rides. I dont trust myself on a big ci bike, I am a bad man... LOL

    I was thinking the same thing about VW's when I saw the VW wheels. I am restoring my sisters 73, I just welded the floors in, and she rebuilt the engine with my Dad, so soon it will go together. You bug looks killer too.
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  8. McJamie

    McJamie STROMINATOR

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    This thing is brilliant! Just the right mix of old school touring & hot rod. Love the red wheels.

    Rotary valve Kawasaki's rule!
    We should start a new thread just for them.
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  9. MiteyF

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    It's been a few years since I built (and then sold) this bike, but I still get emails about it. I guess it's found its way around the internet :D

    The capacitors were wired in the same way you'd wire a battery, as they basically serve the same purpose - they operate as a surge tank.

    408/Jamie - Thanks! Although I'd seen a few too many flat black/red wheeled bugs out there, so I went a different direction with it last summer. She looks a bit more like this now :-)

    Note, that this was before my hood was painted, and I now have bumpers

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    Hell, I even went a different direction with the engine!

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  10. Ian Robinson

    Ian Robinson SlowRobo

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    hey Mitey, really like the effort you put in on the G3SS. Nothing sings like a little rotary valve single & the cafe look will never go out of fashion.

    Mulee, re Kawa 100 "Greenstreak" in Australia they were called "Centurions" I worked for the Queensland( Australia) Kawa importers. The best I saw on the dyno tag was 18.75hp. we raced a couple on the dirt and bitumen. ( Dunlop Triangluars, rear sets, glass tank , clip ons) great fun & very fast for a 100cc. I have one in pieces on the bench at the moment, Should be able to get into it within the next month or so.

    And VWs... My wife had a 63 when I met her & we bought a new 73. Should have kept the 63.
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  11. caleblswiney

    caleblswiney n00b

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    I have a 1974 G3SSD for sale pm me for details.
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