I’ve been cleaning the carbs on the KZ650 the last few days. They don’t look pretty on the outside, but they sure do look beautiful on the inside! After putting them back together today, I reinstalled them with the stock air box, and fired her up. After making some adjustments to the choke and the idle, she was running real nice.
This morning I filled the battery back up, a couple of the cells were low, and one of the cells was empty! I charged it with my battery tender, and it was ready to go soon after that. I washed the bike too to get all the garage dust off, and put the parts back together. I was able to crank the bike over just fine now that the battery was charged, but it wouldn’t fire up. I cranked it with the kickstart twice and she came to life! I had to sit there and play with the choke for a while while it was deciding if it wanted to stay running, but eventually it evened out.
I took it down the road and back, it has little power. You can hear it changing rpm’s constantly without throttle input. I’m going to have to do some digging to help it run better. Anyway, I took a little video of the bike, sorry for my dorkiness… filming and trying to do it all makes it easy to forget some things.
Well, I couldn’t wait long! Today I was watching the local classifieds for a couple options. My top two choices were either a 1981-83 Yamaha Virago 750, or a 1978-80 Kawasaki KZ650. I liked the Virago’s because of the mono shock on the back and the backbone frame. I liked the KZ’s because they had dual discs up front, a disc in the back, a drive chain, and a kick start. I was leaning more towards the Kawasaki.
One popped up and I called immediately, then headed out to pick her up. This motorcycle ran last fall, but hasn’t been started yet this spring. The battery seems to be toast, which is all I hope she needs. I’ll do some digging on it tomorrow. Since I’ve been tinkering mostly with the Hondas, this Kawasaki is a new animal for me, and I’ve got a lot to learn. But I am excited.
So, here’s my new 1979 Kawasaki KZ650sr, my new friend. I’ll take some better photos after I’ve cleaned her up.
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