Old Kaw Gets New Life

by Bobby C.
(Upland, California, U.S.)

1979 Kawasaki

1979 Kawasaki

1979 Kawasaki
Kawasaki During Build
79 Kawasaki Rear
Newphew On Kawasaki

This 1979 Kawasaki was given to me by a relative who's father, the original owner of the bike, died over 20 years ago. The bike sat in the back yard since then. It was bone stock, except for some after market turn signals and pipes. With the help of my Nephew, I stripped it down and started cutting off all the ugly.

Dropped the rear 3-1/2" with a set of 10" Rebel 250 shocks. The handlebars were made by my friend Miguel of MigBaron. I wanted old style Z bars, but found it hard to find affordable bars in a true Z shape. Most come straight up, I should call 'em "L" bars. So, I had a set made. Found this awesome gas tank on Craigslist for 10 bucks! Mounted an old Harley rear fender and cut a Venom style point in the back. We mocked up the pipes a couple of days ago, and a sissy bar that's not quite finished yet. My Nephew makes the bike look a lot smaller than it really is. Big boy, huh? I'll post more later as we progress, if you'd like.

Last picture: My Nephew, dreaming of the day she comes off the lift

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Jul 07, 2011
I remember when.
by: Streetmedik

I remember way back there in '79 when those bikes came out, I wanted one Sooooooo bad. Cant wait to see photos of the finished project.

May 29, 2011
by: Rick Leandro

Hey Bobby great project, I remember when I first started riding,,,,, anything bigger n a 150cc was big! My 305 Honda Scramber wow Lol and now 96 cu inch jus seems about right. I still have the 76 Yamaha 650 vertical twin with 3500 miles on it, gotta do sumthin soon.
Check back l8ter
Cous Rick

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