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post May 18 2009, 08:33 AM
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Hey folks, haven't been around in a few weeks! But for good reason, I'm hacking an old 1977 Kawasaki kz650 into a sweeeeeeet BOBBER!!!! I got it for $350 from some farmer's field, and the frame and engine (which is all I care about), seem to be in great shape.

Summer isn't for guitar imo (unless your playing gigs outside.. which I am not).

If you don't know what a bobber chopper is, it's an oldschool street bike chopped into a rat bike. Better yet, I'll just post some youtube vids of people's builds. Most popular are the honda cb, and the yamaha xs series....(ies?).

The Honda CB750:
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It's unbelievable that these old bikes look so awesome with as little as $1000 invested if you have the right tools and know how to do some welding and a bit of painting. Wish me luck, I'll keep this build a well documented one since I haven't seen many Kawasaki builds on youtube. Some white wall tires, harley sportster gas tank, and some ape hangers are going to be my only expenses.... I already have the german helmet biggrin.gif


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post May 18 2009, 09:09 AM
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Retro bikes are so cool! Hurts me to see one go down like that but hope it turns out the way you like it. Have fun! biggrin.gif


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post May 18 2009, 11:12 AM
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Love the ape hangers on the first one, need to watch your back side on that rear wheel though laugh.gif
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post May 18 2009, 12:39 PM
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That's awesome!! Flat black all the way bro!!


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post May 18 2009, 06:54 PM
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Wow you have a cool hobby mate!! I wish you good luck with the rebuild! smile.gif


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post May 19 2009, 10:49 PM
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Thanks guys. Yeah I love retro bikes too, and this one will get well taken care of (apart from the frame lol). I almost want to save this bike, because cosmetically it's in great shape. Not one a rip in the seat, no dents in the gas tank, not even any scuff marks on the paint!

But, at least I know this bike will drive down the road straight haha. I'm just cleaning the carbs now to get it running again. It's been sitting for about 5 years the guy told me. Once I know the engine/electrical is good, it's time to get the cutting wheel out...


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post May 19 2009, 11:59 PM
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wow man this rocks smile.gif I have many friends who build custom bikes. It's an awesome hobby


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post May 20 2009, 09:30 AM
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QUOTE (sted @ May 18 2009, 01:12 PM) *
Love the ape hangers on the first one, need to watch your back side on that rear wheel though laugh.gif

+1! It may hurt biggrin.gif

Very cool hobby you got there, can`t wait to see what you come up with!
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post May 20 2009, 10:52 AM
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Wow man, this bike looks cool, it's really hard to believe it's that same bike from the small picture! smile.gif Very cool hobby man smile.gif


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post May 20 2009, 01:31 PM
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QUOTE (Sircraigery @ May 18 2009, 08:33 AM) *
Hey folks, haven't been around in a few weeks! But for good reason, I'm hacking an old 1977 Kawasaki kz650 into a sweeeeeeet BOBBER!!!! I got it for $350 from some farmer's field, and the frame and engine (which is all I care about), seem to be in great shape.

It's unbelievable that these old bikes look so awesome with as little as $1000 invested if you have the right tools and know how to do some welding and a bit of painting. Wish me luck, I'll keep this build a well documented one since I haven't seen any good Kawasaki builds on youtube. Some white wall tires, harley sportster gas tank, and some apr hangers are going to be my only expenses.... I already have the german helmet biggrin.gif

I've built quite a few Kwak 650's!! It's one of my favourite Engines/Bike to use!!!



This is my current ride (A '76 Suzuki GS850):-

And this was my very first CB 750!!!

This was my Triton!

At the moment I am working on a '71 XS 650 and also 'Street-fighter-ing' an RF600!


As Ben said 'Flat Black' all the way!!!!! If I can help in any way don't hesitate to ask!!!!
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post May 20 2009, 01:39 PM
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ May 20 2009, 03:31 PM) *
I've built quite a few Kwak 650's!! It's one of my favourite Engines/Bike to use!!!


As Ben said 'Flat Black' all the way!!!!! If I can help in any way don't hesitate to ask!!!!
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Dude! A you a bike fanatic? biggrin.gif That collection looks just fantastic!! I like especcialy first bike, your current one and CB750 biggrin.gif
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post May 20 2009, 03:24 PM
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Jones, what can I say man, wow is all that pops out! biggrin.gif You sure know your stuff man, these rides are brilliant! smile.gif


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post May 20 2009, 03:47 PM
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QUOTE (AlexLion @ May 20 2009, 01:39 PM) *
Dude! A you a bike fanatic? biggrin.gif That collection looks just fantastic!! I like especcialy first bike, your current one and CB750 biggrin.gif

I've been into Bikes since I was 6 years old!! I started riding at 9 years old!!! I started helping other people build when I was 13 and built my first bike when I was 16/17!!! About the same time as I built my first Guitar too!!!! I don't own all these any more, although the first 3 (all the Kawasaki's) are all still around. biggrin.gif
I'm not sure where the CB is now. I last heard of it about 5 years ago. unsure.gif


QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ May 20 2009, 03:24 PM) *
Jones, what can I say man, wow is all that pops out! biggrin.gif You sure know your stuff man, these rides are brilliant! smile.gif

Thanks Ivan!! There's been many more than these!!!
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@Sircraigery ~ I think you've put an XS 650 pic where your CB750 one should be!! tongue.gif wink.gif
"If you don't know what a bobber chopper is, it's an old school street bike chopped into a rat bike."

Not quite true!! A Bobber is a stripped down Bike, usually with standard length Forks, Hardtail Frame and in a50's retro styling.
You cannot just 'build' a Rat Bike, they evolve!! Just because it's Flat Black doesn't make it a Rat!!!! biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

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Bikes are awesome ! ! !
How much do these from pictures above go for ?


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QUOTE (Pedja Simovic @ May 20 2009, 05:09 PM) *
Bikes are awesome ! ! !
How much do these from pictures above go for ?

Any of the ones in my post would sell for £1000 up!!!
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ May 20 2009, 08:31 AM) *
As Ben said 'Flat Black' all the way!!!!! If I can help in any way don't hesitate to ask!!!!
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Flat black...red rims...white wall tires!


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QUOTE (Praetorian @ May 20 2009, 05:50 PM) *
Flat black...red rims...white wall tires!

I'm not even sure about the Rims and 'Walls!!!! (They're a more recent de riguer for the Genre!!!)

Although.............


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ohmy.gif Really stunning looks, especcialy first! btw you must be as cool as Muris if you took guitar at 17!!
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Another example...I love this color combo. On bikes and on rat rods!





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Cool thing too laugh.gif Tho I didn`t understand much difference between those highway bike types smile.gif Attached Image Attached Image
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