The idea and inspiration behind this is partly Brenham's fault.
Check it out at http://za.stylemology.com/brenham
I've been working on the brand for about two years now, so go purchase some garments.
To me the idea of bringing an old, very old machine back to life & transforming it into a cafe racer will not only be challenging, but also (hopefully) make some people seeing it, appreciate these old motorcycles even more.
The very first part of the project is deciding on what bike to buy.
I was leaning towards a 1978 Kawasaki KZ400.
Then it was 1982 Kawasaki KZ550
Then finally, despite all the warnings about Honda electronics....1979 CB650z
Now that I got it, first part was to check it out and fix electronics.
I found the battery ran down and would not charge, so I checked the voltage and it was barely reaching 12v when idling, so no charging. mmm That means one thing. Stator, Rotor or Regulator/Rectifier is f...ed.
I opened the Rotor cover and checked the ohms between the rings, there it was. Not even 1.7ohms. That was shorting the whole thing out. It should be between 4.2 & 5.2 ohms.
Needless to say that the rectifier/regulator was blown because of this. So off I went to the bike shop with my other bike's battery.
So the bike shop swoped mine with another old bike's to see if it will run, but it just blew again.
ROTOR NEED TO BE REWOUND DUDES!
Now I'm waiting for the rotor to be recoiled & a new rectifier from China.
And although these might cost me half an arm or a leg, I hope it lasts for another 30 years.
So that is the progress that I have made so far.
And some smoke coming from the 4th cylinder, but I am 90% sure it is the right hand top O-ring that is causing the oil to seep through to the 4th cylinder and right-hand side of motor.
And then I think I might as well change the timing chain & tensioner.
That being said, there are other things I will sort out over the following weeks/months, but first things first.
What will the end product look like.
I really like the Clubman handlebars with the bar-end mirrors and for the back .... classic cafe racer seat OR
the Flat seat style with Drag handle bars?
Check out the pictures bellow and drop me some comments or email me with what you like.
Not that I'm going to do what you like.
So far all I know is I want the bike to be black with silver & a bit of chrome.
This is what it looks like at the moment.
This is what I want it to look like, only better.
And then add some colour... Black..
and a few months later ....
Check more of our bikes we built and plan on building. Like our facebook page www.facebook.com/CafeRacersSA