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Backwoods first RESTORATION project...

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by backwoodsKLR, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. backwoodsKLR

    backwoodsKLR Ride more, Post Less.

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    Having seen Carabnsol's Honda mini-trail 70, Trophy1298's 70's Honda CB Project and hearing EBW talking about restoring tractors, I wanted to try my first restoration project.. I always thought I'd like to restore an old car, but not so much anymore. Restoring an old motorcycle sounds more my speed now and takes up a lot less garage space!!!

    So I pulled my first motorcycle out of a shed at my Dad's place and hauled it home... (Had to pack it beside my ATV, which made it look even smaller!
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    So I present, my 1971 Kawasaki MT1 "Parnelli Jones" Edition restoration project... (Tank is from a 1972, which we had as a parts bike in the early 80's)
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    It is in rough shape and has been in a barn, last ridden in the 80's.
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    My family is the second owner. We got it in the mid 1970's.
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    The motor is free and has compression. I was able to get it to run a little a few years back.
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    Can't wait to get started and see if I can get it back in good, rideable shape!! :clap
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  2. tslaw

    tslaw aged n00b

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    I see a Sturgis adventure in your future:lol3
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  3. Switchblade315

    Switchblade315 I make people disappear

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    Looks like it will be fun... I've been trying to buy a old Honda CT100 (I think) off my boss. things in great shape. it's sitting in the back of the funeral home I work at. I bet I could make it run in about two days. most of that would be soaking the carb. But I've got to many things to work on right now as it is....
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  4. Anticyclone

    Anticyclone Ride more worry less

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    Looks like a fun project. I think we all want to see a picture of you sitting on it :D.
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  5. Switchblade315

    Switchblade315 I make people disappear

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    +1
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  6. wolfy317

    wolfy317 Addicted to BMW

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    +1
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  7. Trophy1298

    Trophy1298 Vicarious Cowboy

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    + another 1. Great lil bike there BW.
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  8. evilbollweevil

    evilbollweevil HDkila

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    It's really not in to bad a shape at all, at least it doesn't look to be. Being complete and the engine not being stuck is the most important. Before you turn the engine to much take the spark plug out and put a little oil in the cylinder to help it out a little after sitting so long. Call me if ya think I can help ya at all. :thumb
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  9. 2wheeldreb

    2wheeldreb Been here awhile

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    Neetoh. :clap
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  10. backwoodsKLR

    backwoodsKLR Ride more, Post Less.

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    I still need you to help me fix the stand on the KLR... Actually I just need to make time to take it apart and see what is under the switch cover. And yes, I will need a lesson in planning out what all I need to do to it. Full disassembly or what...

    Oh, and when i was 6-8, my dad and I rode it two-up! It has three gears and would climb just about any hill we tried. When i got older, I wasn't necessarily "easy" on it!
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  11. backwoodsKLR

    backwoodsKLR Ride more, Post Less.

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    i found a "yahoo group" of guys that restore these with tons of great information and I also stumbled across Vintage Kawasaki that should have some of the parts I will need!!!

    Want to get suspension and a few things done to the KLR then I will be cleaning out shop room and digging into this!!! :clap
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  12. tslaw

    tslaw aged n00b

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    I want a ride when you get it running. They were much to dangerous for me to have one as a kid.:D
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  13. backwoodsKLR

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    Funny thing is, back then I rarely wore a helmet and don't remember ever crashing or getting hurt on it! I was younger and a lot closer to the ground on it, though!!! I'll need to set up a race with carabnsol and his Honda mini-trail 70!!! :D
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  14. carabnsol

    carabnsol should have been a cowboy

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    I think we need to start a mini ADV group.:lol3 As far as a race, I got sick of getting my butt kicked by mini enduros and Honda SL 70s back in the day. It would do 40 on a good day but it was like the energizer bunny.... it kept on going. I actually had a SL 70 at one time but it was constantly giving me problems. I can't even remember what happened to it.:scratch I do have a 1970 mini trail 50 that is my next project. I'm 51 years old and can't get mini bikes out of my system. Ahhhh, nostalgia.:beer Cool looking bike backwoods, you will enjoy the project!
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  15. evilbollweevil

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    I'll be here just about all day Saturday, I do have a lot to do then but u can put it on the lift and I can help and we'll get it looked at. I think we can at least get off the swingarm so it will stop cutting into it. I'm out every weekend til middle of Oct after that. let me know if this can work for ya.
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  16. advfrk

    advfrk Grateful ADVer

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    I might be the only one who can ride it!:D
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  17. backwoodsKLR

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    There is a good chance that I will be free all day Saturday (for a change). I think my daughter is going to a weekend retreat, so maybe we can meet up. Should not take long to take off the cover and see what our options are... And while we are working, you can teach me about metal restoration techniques!!
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  18. evilbollweevil

    evilbollweevil HDkila

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    Well u no how to get here just come all the way down that gravel driveway and I'll be somewhere back there. Just call or text me to make sure somethin didnt come up and me have to leave, I'll be lookin for ya! :thumb
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  19. backwoodsKLR

    backwoodsKLR Ride more, Post Less.

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    Will there be banjo music to help guide me in? :D
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  20. evilbollweevil

    evilbollweevil HDkila

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    No but gun fire has been reported...
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