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New to me KZ650

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So I was just given a 78 KZ650 in disrepair but all in all a pretty much intact motorcycle. I love "free" motorcycles!
I need to go thru the carbs and see if it will run. Any advice or tips for these bikes would be appreciated.
Pics tomorrow.
 
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Good stuff. I would be all about someone giving me a free motorcycle to fix up. I spend money on those lol!
 

jhansen

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I had a 1980 model. Loved it. Fix it up and ride it!


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Texas T

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My 78 KZ650 was red. Stock other than a rear backrest and a Vetter Windjammer clone. It was my first foray into LD riding. I had a lot of fun with it before the fairing went on, and it only tried to kill me three times. I was young, dumb, and very inexperienced. And lucky.
 

StromXTc

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Woo-wee she's been ridden hard and put up wet. That tank has seen the Hard Knock Life

That's a pretty good price though.
 
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Yeah the *** brother took a baseball bat to the tank due to a disagreement.
Bike has a full dyna coil ignition upgrade so no points which is kinda nice.
 
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The big thing used to be to drop a 1000 engine in there. Only the real Kawboys could spot it. That made the 650 one heckuva sleeper.
 

LaserDave

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Hey, I have pretty much that same bike in project mode. As in: sitting for a few years.
Mine's a single front disc, in way better shape than that, but it's been sitting for some time with the carbs off.
It ran and sounded ok when I got it, but the carbs are full of crap, and the tank needs lining.

Pics on a drive somewhere, will dig for them later.
 

LaserDave

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BTW, I get to Conroe often to work on the old bomber. Comparing notes can be fun.
I haven't been to KZ650.info in a long time, but it's a great place for information and tips.
 

LaserDave

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kindova barn find, except they forgot to put it IN the barn. as rescued from a ranch in Medina. no telling where the post-cleanup pics are.

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LaserDave

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^^^thats cool.
What bomber?

I had someone make me a heck of an offer so the KZ is gone.
B-17 over at General Aviation Services, Conroe airport. It's in winter MX right now.

If it's not too personal, what did "heck of an offer" come to? Looking for a benchmark for mine.
 
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$400 bucks. Considering I got the bike for free, it had sat outside uncovered w/ the carbs off and has sand in places it shouldn’t, I thought that was a deal.
 

LaserDave

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Thanks, that's about what I paid for mine, and it was running at the time. To the right person I might get 1200 out of mine, completed with clear title. It has new tires, chain, V&H 4-1 exhaust, and cleaned up real nice. Really gotta finish it!!
 
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