Time To Build A 1981 KZ 550 Bobber!
by Alex V
1981 Kawasaki KZ550 F
I'm a barber in Olympia, Washington, and was recently given a 1981 Kawasaki KZ550 F by one of my customers! The first picture This is the bike pretty much as I picked it up.
He had started to work on it before it was given to me, so it hasn't run since I have had it, but he said if I wanted to hook up the old harness it would start right up.
He was planning on building a wiring harness for it and removing all the unnecessary parts and hiding the harness, so it was disconnected, along with the controls on the bars, and gauges. Several other parts are removed but came with the it.
I want to make it a hardtail bobber, but IM am not sure about the differences to other bikes since it is a shaft drive.
Along with looks, I want to do whatever performance upgrades are feasible for what I am working with.
I have been a mechanic all of my life, but this is my first serious foray into building a motorcycle, so any tips or part suggestions would be much appreciated!