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    At last it's finished

    The complete restoration of my Kawasaki Z1300 from a basket of bits to a bike ready to ride.
    Fortunes spent on eBay then loads of re-chroming (even the nuts and bolts).
    Powder coated frame, swing arm and lots of brackets.
    Engine stripped, re-painted and re-assembled with new parts as needed, dynojet kit for the carbs, Mitsubishi V6 ignition coils (nice big spark).
    Repainted in Kawasaki Lightning Blue over a silver base, with original style decals made in silver not gold.
    King and Queen seat re-trimmed courtesy of In-Car Upholstery.

    Just need to get it vinned and I'm ready to go.
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    Wow! Awesome job you've done there... I love the seat(s). Bet you cant wait to get it on the road?!
    "Some people are like clouds, once they fuck off, it's a great day!"

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    Nice bike man, very well done. Colour is noice
    Viva La Figa

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    Hopefully going in tomorrow, VINZ said they cant find any record of the frame number ever being registered in this country so have to do the usual Police check and then Interpol

    Hope its ok, as for the seat its damn comfy, and it took me months to settle on a colour that I felt suited it.

    Now thats finished I am allowed to start the next project, A supercharged Z1300, Iv got most of the bits so have to get it dont quick

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    Mmmmm 6 cylinders of goodness!! Loving it, and I don't even go for classics!!
    Boyd hh er Suzuki are my heroes!
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    And not before time, eh, Tim? Been waiting for this moment! I'll be around to see it ASAP!
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    Quote Originally Posted by classic zed
    Hopefully going in tomorrow, VINZ said they cant find any record of the frame number ever being registered in this country so have to do the usual Police check and then Interpol
    yEAH HOPE IT GOES WELL FOR YOU BUT THEY WOULDNT LET ME PUT MY xr ON THE ROAD AFTER SAYING THAT

    ps sorry caps

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    that's awesome, wish I had the patience and stickability to see a project through like that
    Old age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill

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    Quote Originally Posted by sAsLEX
    yEAH HOPE IT GOES WELL FOR YOU BUT THEY WOULDNT LET ME PUT MY xr ON THE ROAD AFTER SAYING THAT

    ps sorry caps
    If the worst happens and they say no, I have a frame I recently bought from the States (has original docs), so all I have to do is powder coat it and swap everything over, again

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    Wow! Really nice work on a wonderful classic.
    "Standing on your mother's corpse you told me that you'd wait forever." [Bryan Adams: Summer of 69]

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    Awesome

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edbear
    And not before time, eh, Tim? Been waiting for this moment! I'll be around to see it ASAP!
    Hey Ed I'll put the jug on ready

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    Corr!

    Quote Originally Posted by classic zed
    Hey Ed I'll put the jug on ready
    Sounds like something stronger than a cuppa is called for!

    As a youngster I remember hearing a big zed with a 6 into 1 exhaust and the thing sounded absolutely mint.

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    It's beautiful.

    Well done.
    And I to my motorcycle parked like the soul of the junkyard. Restored, a bicycle fleshed with power, and tore off. Up Highway 106 continually drunk on the wind in my mouth. Wringing the handlebar for speed, wild to be wreckage forever.

    - James Dickey, Cherrylog Road.

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    A few more pics

    When I stripped the engine down I found a nearly blocked oil strainer.

    Cases all painted and ready to go, and in case anyone has not seen inside the engine there is a shot of that too


    And it sounds great on the standard pipes so a 6 into 1 should be wicked.
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