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Offline Mitch

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Mitch's sick fiddy
« on: August 16, 2012, 08:54:24 PM »
My wife got me a nice little birthday present - I was suprised!



Its a 1981 Kawasaki CSR 650

It does need some work, to what extent I dont know. It was a friends widow'd mother's husband's bike. And it has sat in the basement of their house for years. It still has a full tank of gas - so I know that needs to be emptied first thing!

It has sat for over 5 years, maybe for 14??? No rust aside from some very minor surface rust on welds. Been wanting this era Kawasaki or Honda 650 for a long time now.

This is what a buddy of mine did to his: http://imgur.com/a/UEENe#0 I think it came out awesome.

I guess I need:

empty old gas out of tank
new spark plugs
oil change
some new hoses
brakes??
battery
chain lube??
I need a helmet, spike or no spike??

I any help would be great, never had something this nice that hasnt run for this long and I dont want to [censored] it up. What do I do, could use a little guidance on whats first.
« Last Edit: August 17, 2012, 07:25:57 AM by Mitch »
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Offline Bradman

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Re: Mitch's six fiddy
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2012, 11:00:33 PM »
hellz yeah Niggro

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Re: Mitch's six fiddy
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2012, 11:02:28 PM »
That's pretty cool lookin!
personally I'd go for a helmet like this:
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Re: Mitch's six fiddy
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2012, 07:22:38 AM »
Your wife is thoughtful she even gave it to you a day early.

That looks to be a nice sick-fiddy below is the things I would add to your list.

Verify the engine turns
Inspect electrical components and wiring
Inspect caliper piston
Flush brake fluid
Iím thinking it has a wet clutch make sure the discs are not stuck together, inspect, if need be clean
Inspect the tires for dry rot (plan on buying 2 new tires)
Lube all moving parts

At the point where you changed the oil and installed the new battery I would then remove the fuel bowls and dump the old fuel out if there is any then add clean fuel to the tank. Try to start the engine see what happens. You may have to pull the carbs for cleaning but itís worth a shot to see how/if it runs. The chances are great you will either have to rebuild or at least adjust and synchronize the carbs you donít need a synchronizer to do the job a clear hose and some oil will do the trick (the small bit of oil in the clear hose acts as a level).

Itís been sitting for awhile hopefully the owner did some of the proper steps for long term storage but fuel in the tank would indicator otherwise. If the tank is other then full I would suggest no stabilizer was added.

 




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Offline Mitch

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Re: Mitch's sick fiddy
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2012, 07:30:34 AM »
Thanks Posi, added your recommendations to my list. And like "sick fiddy" better than "six fiddy" so I changed the title of the build haha.

At this point, I am assuming that it was stored without any proper steps. Tank is full tho - how would I know if stabilizer was added? Anything else I can check to see if it was stored properly? Tires look fine, but I will plan on new tires - safety first, I don't want to ruin my riding experience worrying about my tires.
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Offline Axle

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Re: Mitch's sick fiddy
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2012, 08:03:41 AM »
Have you tried to start it? you never know.  like Posi said, probably have to clean the carbs. good luck! tech day?  ;D
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Offline Posimoto

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Re: Mitch's sick fiddy
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2012, 08:08:16 AM »
If the engine starts and runs good chance stabilizer was added.

Good choice on the new tires I wouldn't trust a motorcycle tire that was 6 years or older if you don't have sidewall cracks now you will when you ride and the rubber flexes.

Other signs of proper storage would be a rag or such stuffed in the exhaust pipes to block out moisture
  

« Last Edit: August 17, 2012, 08:09:19 AM by Posimoto »
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Offline Posimoto

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Re: Mitch's sick fiddy
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2012, 08:39:07 AM »
Below is a service manual for an 81 650 that should help

jarlef.no/Kawasaki/PDF/Z650/Files/KZ650-1981manual.pdf

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Parts and service manuals

http://jarlef.no/Kawasaki/Series/Z/650/z650files.htm

« Last Edit: August 17, 2012, 08:44:07 AM by Posimoto »
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Re: Mitch's sick fiddy
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2012, 09:33:35 AM »
The exhaust has a black plastic cap on the outlet of the muffler. I remember looking at it and thinking - weird, how does that work.... Looks like it has threads or ribs on it to keep it in as it is lifted out a little on one side. Appears to be air tight.
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Re: Mitch's sick fiddy
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2012, 09:56:35 AM »
You, sir, have an awesome wife!

HFB & enjoy your new toy!!
Please spread the word to all local Jeepers!!

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Re: Mitch's sick fiddy
« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2012, 08:45:42 PM »
The exhaust has a black plastic cap on the outlet of the muffler. I remember looking at it and thinking - weird, how does that work.... Looks like it has threads or ribs on it to keep it in as it is lifted out a little on one side. Appears to be air tight.
sure you didn't just drop your butt plug?

thats a great bike, super comfy to ride and very forgiving.  Pretty much what has been mentioned is where I would start.  if the fuel doesn't smell like varnish and the plugs look decent, check the oil and battery, worth a try to start it.  You will be surprised on what that motor will run on. Fuel quality wasn't what it is today and those older motor will surprise you.  My 84 honda 750 sat just like yours full of fuel, smelled good so we started it after sitting for 4 years.  OR check the plugs, battery and oil and keep the fuel off and spray some starting fluid in the carbs and see if it kicks.
Dad always said "If it has boobs or spark plugs it will be fun AND will cause you problems."

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Re: Mitch's sick fiddy
« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2012, 10:15:10 PM »
The butt pug is part of a supertrapp muffler, and after googling I guess it is nice he put that on if it wasn't prepped for storage.
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Re: Mitch's sick fiddy
« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2012, 11:35:20 AM »
I know nothing about bikes, but congrats Mitch!  Hope you can get it going, and enjoy it for years to come! 8)
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Re: Mitch's sick fiddy
« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2012, 12:44:05 PM »
do you really plan to bobber/cafe'/chop it?
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Re: Mitch's sick fiddy
« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2012, 04:13:04 PM »
I think so bob. Are you for or against that?

But first I want to get it going as is and learn how to ride it. So all crazy plans are on hold.
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