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'82 Yamasaki KZ750-R1 :)

Quick and dirty version.

Contacted Z1 and will be going with custom short cables to clean the front end up alot, aswell as remove all unecessary wiring, and go with alot cleaner looking controls. All over winter of course . For now found a way to get the stock cables & lines routed so that they don't bind or pull. Didn't want to waste anymore riding days

Start with a Kawasaki KZ750


Pulled the side covers off, removed "LTD 750" and wrapped them in carbon fiber vinyl



Pulled the back wheel and seat off for a quick paint and recover, and to clean up the frame.



Everyone likes new rubber!



New All Balls Racing top and bottom bearings


Off with the old on with the new


Not a huge fan of the signals, but they will keep my legal for now lol


And finish the Yamasaki off with a shaved and recovered seat and painted exhaust.


The tank is pretty faded and has alot of blemishes so I will probably have that painted this year as that shouldn't take long, but that's pretty much a wrap for Yamasaki v1.0 lol

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looks great, your headlight is pointed at the sky though.

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Dig!

I had an '82 550 back when. Those stock handlebars are so damn awkward. Praying Mantis.

Lookin' good!

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Something about the seat doesn't sit right with me but the rest looks great! Nice job.
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Header paint/surface sand those cases too! Worked like a charm on mine.

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Something about the seat doesn't sit right with me but the rest looks great! Nice job.
Because it's not bolted down. Gaps everywhere where there shouldn't be. Looks.....different let's say. Think your sister's pink bike with streamers and bananna seat and that about nails what it looks like LOL.

Different seat is definitely in the works over the winter.
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A solo "cafe" style seat would make that look complete.

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looks great, your headlight is pointed at the sky though.
I found that out REAL quick. Luckily I only had .5 mile ride from my friends garage to my condo .
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A solo "cafe" style seat would make that look complete.

I'm diggin what you've done.
Exactly what I was eyeballing. I'd like to get the tank painted and have a stripe go down the tank and carry on to the tail piece.

Thought about trying to make one but from what I have seen on other "cafe" geared forums, that would be over my head. Open to suggestions on where to look to get either a complete seat, have one made, or at least a basis to start.

Being that where the seat mounts isn't completely straight across from front to back, think it would be an issue getting a solo seat to sit/look right?

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Header paint/surface sand those cases too! Worked like a charm on mine.
Great idea. It's due for a clutch too so that seems like a great time to take care of that!
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Definitely not the donor I would have used for a cafe but I will say it looks great.

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Nice job,
Was a front end a direct bolt on or did it require modifying the trees and specific bearings?

Agree on the cafe style seat.

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For the most part it was. The most common front end swap for the KZ seems to be any GSXR front that has inverted forks, but figured I would give the R1 a shot as the price was right on the complete setup minus wheels. I did have to shave the stem ever so slightly because the bottom for some reason gets a little bit wider and the bearing wouldn't sit all the way down. Basically I took my dremel and made a few light passes until the "gold color" was gone in a few places and the bearing slid right down.
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Nice looking setup on your older Kawi. Lost out on bid for Georgia 1100 Katana on Ebay over the weekend. Rode an old school gixxer thou a couple of weeks ago, sweet. Last bike was an 04 gixxer thou. Miss the old girl, but had to finish the foundation on our old house.
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lordy, the k1 gsxr1000 is not old school.

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lol tho cook is right

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For the most part it was. The most common front end swap for the KZ seems to be any GSXR front that has inverted forks, but figured I would give the R1 a shot as the price was right on the complete setup minus wheels. I did have to shave the stem ever so slightly because the bottom for some reason gets a little bit wider and the bearing wouldn't sit all the way down. Basically I took my dremel and made a few light passes until the "gold color" was gone in a few places and the bearing slid right down.

Nice, How does it ride?
Tripletree angles\offsets can sometimes throw things off.


Did you use spray adhesive to glue the cloth to the side cover?

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I love the way it rides crusin around, nothing unpredictable or awkward like the preying mantis . Elbows are no where near my knees like I thought could happen and forks would never hit the tank. It turns in a parking lot just like a sportbike with similar bar clearance.

I definitely sprayed the top and sides of the seat with 3M Super 77. A good friend of mine use to work for Ford and got me a section of leather from the Ford Harley Davidson F series interior. So I just asked one of the nice old ladies at JoAnne fabrics if they knew of a way I could cover my seat, yet make it easily removeable. Lady said "lace it like a shoe"! So 26 gromets and a hammer later, I have a laced seat that's easily removable!
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My friend is doing the same thing. Great job thus far. The cf wrap looks perfect!

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real nice job. bike looks wicked. you r skilled with wrapping vinyl too.

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real nice job. bike looks wicked. you r skilled with wrapping vinyl too.
Thanks! Compound curves are the worst. The top left corner of the pic took me 45 min alone. Can't say how many times I wanted to throw it out my 3rd floor window lol.
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lordy, the k1 gsxr1000 is not old school.
Well your prolly right, a bud had an old Kawi ZX1100 Ninja, I was really kind of disappointed when I rode it. I was expecting it to be more like a first gen gixxer 1000. I am afraid the 04 gixxer ruined me, it was as fast as I ever cared to be, and as sweet as a kitten, day or night, dry or wet, especially after a new set of pilot powers. The first gen Busa is just as nice, only a little too heavy around the garage. I have ridden the newer gixxers, all flat black and tiny, too twitchy. I would like an old school Kat 1100, but that is an acquired taste, no.
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Either you're the best bot I've ever seen post on CLSB so far or you are one strange person.
lol, yeah kats are hood rich rides.... but to each their own

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I have to agree with the older Katana it would be the only Katana I would consider owning. Especially if you had one like Yoshimura Japan built.
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Awesome find; I'd kill the 'I've got the power' dyno cover; the rest is pure tits though.
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Of course I meant the old school Katana 82-83, although I do have some seat time on a 90 1100, that a friend loaned me to get me back into cycling. I would consider it a pre-busa. I should have bought it, but then I would have missed out on the 04 gixxer. Another bud loaned me an 03 busa last summer, and I should have bought that as well. I loved the Suzi Stratosphere show bike, big six, old school Kat stylin. I would have been suffering but I spose I could take it off their hands. Didn't Yosh make 11 of those, or was it a few more, I'd have to agree, but the blue original is pretty sweet.
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