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1976 Kawasaki Z650 with a 1984 Kawasaki GPz750 engine.

Again this is my take on a street tracker, the bike started life as a fleebay purchase.

This is all I got!

The start

I managed to get hold of these wheels from Newark autojumble, had no idea what they came off but for what I paid for them...
All I got were the wheels and crush drive of which had a part number.
After lots of googling I found that they were out of a Gilera Cougar 125.

new wheels

Next up was the tank, the frame needed to go on a diet to take the tank I had in mind.......Grinder on stand by!

frame chop

The origanal cross member was to big in diameter for the smaller tank I was putting in place. So off with the old and in with the new!

New cross member

This is the orignal tank.

Old tank

And now the new one. I prefered the lines of this Yam tank.

new tank

Started on the seat unit, I cut a piece of ally plate and bent with the contoure of the frame

seat pan

Next was to lift the pan up and inch or so.

start of the seat unit

I put the hump on the back end with the idea to house the battery. A bit of filler and ready the the paint.

seat finished

Exhausts next.
I had a set of 4 in to 1 pipes that would do the job, I wanted a 2 in to 2 system.
I cut up the headers and alined 2 down one side and two the other.

Headers

As I didn't have a collector box I had to make one, I cut up a bit of 4x2, shaped it up to take two pipes on end and one the other.

timber former

I then wraped a pice of stainless around it, clamped it up and started welding.

colector box

Loved the stumpy look! zhaust finished!

finished exhaust

Engine full strip down and shot blasted

engine in bits

The Lump built back up with new gasket kit.

engine built

Thourght I'd put the frame in as with my last build I had it powder coated. Was not happy with it at all. Every time I looked round there was a chip in it. I rang the powder coaters who said "sorry mate bring it back in and we'll do it again" Not a bleeding lot of use to me as the bike was fully built!
Anyway my brother runs a forklift bisuness and they use this simi sinthetic paint for the masts and alike. I used it and never looked back.

frame

Got the frame on the lift and put the tank, seat unit and mud gaurd in place. If you look closely you'll see a lazer down the middle of the tank. Dead handly to get your tank, seat and gaurd striping central to each other.

Lazer

Striping done. I've saved the tank for later. Can you guess what it is yet?

Stripe

As with all my builds, (well both of them) engine on side ready for the frame to go over the top.

engine ready

Started to get her together. MMmm them rear shocks have got to go!

frame n engine

 

TA DAaaaaa

 

Gulf tank

Gulf bike

Bang tidy!

 


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