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1981 KZ650-Sport 07 Feb 2011 11:55 #429193

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1981 KZ650-CSR. KZ550-Ltd wheels. KZ750E muffler system. Flanders BMW Med Tall Street bars. Dunlop GT501 tires.

.... Pro bono custom paint by JC.

... keep in mind that digital photos can enhance how stuff looks. hee.






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1981 KZ650-Sport 07 Feb 2011 11:57 #429194

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A few more.

1981 KZ650-CSR. KZ550-Ltd wheels. KZ750E muffler system. Flanders BMW Med Tall Street bars

.... Pro bono custom paint by JC.










..... ...... . just before putting on the new paint set.

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1981 KZ650-Sport 07 Feb 2011 16:48 #429257

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Beautiful!
1977 KZ650-C1 Original Owner - Stock (with additional invisible FIAMM horn)

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1981 KZ650-Sport 07 Feb 2011 19:55 #429284

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Very nice! Looks new!
1980 KZ650F1, Bought new out the door for $2,162.98!

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1981 KZ650-Sport 09 Feb 2011 12:46 #429664

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Hey, thanks for the comments. Digital photos often times make stuff look nicer than it really is. The bike doesn't look new, but a lot of the parts do, or almost after refurbishing them. The frame, engine, & bolts, and some other stuff are kinda dingy and old lookin. I'll just keep pluggin away. All n all, I'm pretty satisfied with the bike as it is right now.

JMK.

kind of before, but after doing some stuff to it & getting it road worthy.
stock mufflers. seat cover was torn on the other side. rusty spokes. green duplicolor paint not fuel proof. doh.


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1981 KZ650-Sport 14 Feb 2011 19:25 #430739

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Hey everybody - I've seen this motorcycle with my own eyes and it is - fabulous !!!
Bill Baker
Houston, Texas
1982 KZ650 CSR
2008 Yamaha FZ1
2006 Yamaha FZ1
1977 Honda Supersport 750 four (sold)
1984 Honda Nighthawk 650 (sold)

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1981 KZ650-Sport 05 Mar 2011 15:05 #435245

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It does look very nice. I like the paint very much. Did you end up putting lower handlebars on it? Would be interested in a photo if you did. Good luck with her.
Take it from me cuz I found
If you leave it then somebody else is bound,
To find that treasure, that moment of pleasure,
When yours, it could have been.
1977 KZ650 B1 Being restored to original (Green)
1977 KZ650 B1 Original (Red) Sold
1977 KZ650 B1 Donor Bike for Parts

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1981 KZ650-Sport 05 Mar 2011 20:58 #435382

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The handlebars in the pics were installed in place of the stock bars.
Something lower would be better, but the BMW med tall street bars are a vast improvement over the original mini-apehangers.
They're good for around town & for speeds up to 55 mph or so.

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1981 KZ650-Sport 06 Mar 2011 13:46 #435607

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Yeah I see now that they are not the original MiniApes. Nice. She is a looker!
Take it from me cuz I found
If you leave it then somebody else is bound,
To find that treasure, that moment of pleasure,
When yours, it could have been.
1977 KZ650 B1 Being restored to original (Green)
1977 KZ650 B1 Original (Red) Sold
1977 KZ650 B1 Donor Bike for Parts

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1981 KZ650-Sport 15 Mar 2011 19:11 #438255

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i am new to this site and have recently picked up an 81 csr. my rims are spoked and in very ruff shape. what did you rims come off from?

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1981 KZ650-Sport 15 Mar 2011 20:14 #438281

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Jay650 wrote:

i am new to this site and have recently picked up an 81 csr. my rims are spoked and in very ruff shape. what did you rims come off from?


Hi Jay, welcome to KZR! Those rims are stock KZ mag wheels. They are pretty common finds on ebay. Definitely cheaper than buying new rims and spokes to fix up ratty spoked wheels.
1978 KZ1000 A2 Click--->Build Thread
1982 CB750F
2004 ZX-10R
Spring, TX

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1981 KZ650-Sport 15 Mar 2011 20:23 #438284

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The wheels are from a 1980 KZ550-Ltd --- off of ebbaayy for cheap.
They were a direct swap --- very easy --- all you need are the wheels & the front brake disk.
Everything else swaps. axles. spacers. speedo drive. sprocket carrier. brake panel assy. etc.
I installed new All-Balls-Racing wheel bearing kits which have the oil seals, including the seal for the speedo drive unit, so you can clean & lubricate that thing. probably often overlooked. the 650-CSR & 550-Ltd use the same kits.

Cast alloy wheels. 1980-83 KZ550-Ltd or 1983 KZ650-CSR. And I believe the front wheel from the 80-83 KZ550A-Standard is the same & maybe the 550-Ltd Shaft front wheel. There is at least one KZ440 that has the same front wheel. I think a 440G. ???

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1981 KZ650-Sport 15 Mar 2011 21:02 #438291

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I'm looking for a grab rail like that one for my 81 kz650csr, any idea where I can get one? When I got it it had some flat metal bars there with a sissy bar attached, which I promptly removed as soon as I got it home.

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1981 KZ650-Sport 15 Mar 2011 21:16 #438292

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That's the stock frame grip (grab bar). The best place to look would be ebbaayy.
81-83 KZ650-CSR and 80-83 Kz750-Ltd-4 have the same one. I believe the 750CSR-Twin is the same as well.

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1981 KZ650-Sport 15 Mar 2011 21:22 #438294

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Thanks a lot! Now, can you have a rear rack with the grab bar on as well or are there ones with racks attached? I'm not sure if I want a rear rack yet, but I figure it would be useful.

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1981 KZ650-Sport 15 Mar 2011 21:26 #438295

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The grab bar has to be removed when attaching a luggage rack. K&G universal racks come up for sale on ebbaayy quite often.

K&G luggage rack. Emgo european bars. KZ750E muffler system refurbished by painting the cross-over section & insides.
... These pics added 2017.

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1981 KZ650-Sport 15 Mar 2011 21:31 #438297

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Thanks again, I really appreciate the information!

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1981 KZ650-Sport 16 Dec 2012 23:39 #563317

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that's a sweet ride....I want to do my takn like that too, with those swooshes.

that is really as close to brand new as a bike gets.

And I can see those wheels on my bike too.
love bikes, and anything with a engine/motor, and i love the ride way more than the destination, unless I have a passenger, then that's all that matters.

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1981 KZ650-Sport 17 Dec 2012 10:51 #563353

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Thanks. The bike doesn't really look new.... digital photos can be deceptive & those came out pretty good. hee.

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1981 KZ650-Sport 19 Dec 2012 21:00 #563748

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Spiffy!
Nate

Nates vintage bike axiom: Riding is the reward for time spent wrenching.
Murphys corollary: Wrenching is the result of time spent riding.

1979 KZ650 (Complete!)
1979 KZ650 SR (Sold!)
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1994 Bayou 400 (four wheel peel :D )

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