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well, the price was right ($450) and i was feelin it so i took it...
it BARELY runs though. i had to spray some ether in the carbs to get it running and it was really rough. im goin to work on it tonight and tomorrow. 15k miles, everything looks like its in great shape. not sure what kind of pipes are on it, but they sound like theyre just straight. gonna fill it with fresh fluids and see how it will run after that. i will update later tonight or tomorrow.

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I bet all you need to do is clean out the carbs to get it running right. Then change the oil and gas, and check the points, and make sure all the nuts and bolts are snug, and you'll have a great little bike.
 

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quote:Originally posted by SRR

Congrats, dude. Nice score, stoked to ride with you this summer.
ya dude i cant wait to get this thing running strong so i can ride it

i put some fresh fuel in and it was startin up and idling pretty good but it sounded pretty rough when i twisted the throttle, check out the video. i rode it down the street in 1st gear and there was very little power. i pulled the carbs off, gonna rebuild them and see how it runs after that.

http://s357.photobucket.com/albums/oo20/schiarelli/?action=view&current=xxx.flv
 

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Ok so I pulled the carbs off last night so I can bring them home and rebuild them this week. This morning I set the points gap and ignition timing. See how she will run next weekend
 

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so i took the carbs apart this weekend to clean them up and found that a few parts were missing! hah, that could be a good reason why it sounds so shitty. they were both missing an o-ring on the main jet and the pilot passage plug. i was able to modify a couple o-rings to make a tight seal. also made a plug out of some hard rubber, just hope it holds up to the gasoline.

i also adjusted the camshaft chain guide and valve clearance. wasnt able to put the carbs back on and start it up, but next weekend looks pretty promising.
 

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I test drove a KZ400 today and I really liked the way it drove. My concern is that it is the deluxe model. Does that make the frame an improper one to use when doing a cafe conversion? Guy is asking 800 but already got him down to 600....13k miles only.... Here is a link.............http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/mcy/2416972172.html

What type of bars would be suffice for this ride as well?
 

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I test drove a KZ400 today and I really liked the way it drove. My concern is that it is the deluxe model. Does that make the frame an improper one to use when doing a cafe conversion? Guy is asking 800 but already got him down to 600....13k miles only.... Here is a link.............http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/mcy/2416972172.html

What type of bars would be suffice for this ride as well?
 

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google image a side view and see if there is a step in the rear of the frame

superbike bars are about as low as you can do without rearsets
 

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google image a side view and see if there is a step in the rear of the frame

superbike bars are about as low as you can do without rearsets
 

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I just looked at that CL ad, and that bike is fooking awesome. Not as a cafe platform, but the way it is setup now you could cruise to California and back easily. It is a good deal for what it is but I wouldn't want to cut it up. That is a standard kz400 someone set up as a tourer, the the same thing as a 16" rear wheel, sway back framed factory chopper.

How big are you? just wondering if you are signing up to look like foot long birthday candle stuck in a cupcake when you are riding the bike.

here is the thing about kz400s - the motors are complex (4 spinning chains inside!) so if it needs anything more than basic service (carb clean, etc) you are going to hate yourself. There is barely any aftermarket for them, a hop up is to take the kz440 motor and put it in the frame to get the 40 extra ccs but that's about it. You'll have to fabricate everything for it or adapt universal parts as there are no rear sets, exhausts, etc...

Whenever someone asks what is a "good platform" for a bike, I always say go look at the vintage race grid in ahrma and wera. Why? because at the very least if there is one say kz400 on the grid you'll get a rough idea of how to set up the bike and solve some issues. It kinda lets you know what is good and not so good. I think the reason nobody races the kz400 is that it is too big to fit into one class and too heavy and slow to be competitive in another.

Personally I have owned one and I think they are heavy, slow, and wallow like a pig on a hot day.
 

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I just looked at that CL ad, and that bike is fooking awesome. Not as a cafe platform, but the way it is setup now you could cruise to California and back easily. It is a good deal for what it is but I wouldn't want to cut it up. That is a standard kz400 someone set up as a tourer, the the same thing as a 16" rear wheel, sway back framed factory chopper.

How big are you? just wondering if you are signing up to look like foot long birthday candle stuck in a cupcake when you are riding the bike.

here is the thing about kz400s - the motors are complex (4 spinning chains inside!) so if it needs anything more than basic service (carb clean, etc) you are going to hate yourself. There is barely any aftermarket for them, a hop up is to take the kz440 motor and put it in the frame to get the 40 extra ccs but that's about it. You'll have to fabricate everything for it or adapt universal parts as there are no rear sets, exhausts, etc...

Whenever someone asks what is a "good platform" for a bike, I always say go look at the vintage race grid in ahrma and wera. Why? because at the very least if there is one say kz400 on the grid you'll get a rough idea of how to set up the bike and solve some issues. It kinda lets you know what is good and not so good. I think the reason nobody races the kz400 is that it is too big to fit into one class and too heavy and slow to be competitive in another.

Personally I have owned one and I think they are heavy, slow, and wallow like a pig on a hot day.
 

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what's wrong with this:

http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/mcy/2425528967.html

most popular of the japanese bikes right now, huge after market. Looks to be all there. the downside is you will have to replace the forks, but other than that it is a good starting point and nobody is gonna miss one more fake honda chopper.
 

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what's wrong with this:

http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/mcy/2425528967.html

most popular of the japanese bikes right now, huge after market. Looks to be all there. the downside is you will have to replace the forks, but other than that it is a good starting point and nobody is gonna miss one more fake honda chopper.
 

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