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Hi, I am new here and also new to motorcycles. I have the opportunity to purchase a 1978 Kawasaki KZ 650 for $750 but two outer pistons are not firing. I hope to purchase this bike to convert it into a cafe racer. Should I be concerned about the fact that it has two outer pistons that are not firing? Also, it has 35,500 miles on it. Other than that, it appears to be in very good condition. I look forward to hearing what any of you have to say. 00808_4xdYdFpqz8k_1200x900.jpg
 

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Could be a number of things but cylinders 1 and 4 share the same coil so it's probably a shot coil, ignition pick-up / points or wiring issue. Probably a simple fix, but you dont say where you are and whether the bike has a title or not. Can be a deal breaker in some states.
 

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If the cylinders have good compression it can only be spark or fuel missing, nothing that expensive to fix.
$750 doesn't seem bad at all, but prices are crazy this side of the pond. That would be a £1500 bike in the uk running or not.
Buy it, get it running before trying to modify it and learn a new skill on the way.
Some people here will think you have no business touching that as you dont seem to know anything about bikes yet, but i say crack on...
 

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buy a service manual. Actually several (Haynes, Clymer, and factory). Read it several times over. Do everything it says. buy lots of tools. Once the bike runs, rides and can get down the street under it's own power then you can think about modifying it. Figure it will take about a year.
 
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