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Offline Joe Rocket

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Confession to make
« on: September 29, 2018, 21:37:38 »
Still strong with my non-beak V-Strom but have just purchased a 1987 Kawasaki GPz 750R to restore as a project.

There are no MOT's (still) here for motorbikes and this one is a real example of zero control. Leaks, extended chain, wobbly electrics etc; all small items more through lack of attention/maintenance. Shame because it has only  57K miles on the clock and runs well! Most of the damage is the bodged exhausts. I shall spend some 'quality time' on it.  :thumb:
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Re: Confession to make
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2018, 07:55:09 »
Splendid stuff! Please post pictures along the way. One thing I found when I had my gpz550 is that Kawasaki only manufacture spares for ten years after a model finishes production. Finding some common faulty parts can become hard work once stocks have been sold out, bodywork being the hardest to find in good condition.
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Re: Confession to make
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2018, 08:02:01 »
Piccies for Paul, oh and it's a ZX750 F and not a GPz.....R:

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Re: Confession to make
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2018, 08:17:34 »
It looks like a GPX to me but the model names change based on country. The zx750e was the turbo model and that was still called the gpz750 turbo over here.

This pic is a gpx750r.
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Re: Confession to make
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2018, 08:31:17 »
ZX750 F on the 'Carte Grise' Paul. I'm told it's a sleeved down GPZ900 and the fairing isn't the same.......... :shrug:
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Re: Confession to make
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2018, 08:39:25 »
Lovely looking bike. Am hoping we'll get a few updates as the restoration progresses...  :thumb:

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Re: Confession to make
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2018, 09:10:52 »
   I will be interested to see this project happening  :thumb:

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Re: Confession to make
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2018, 09:13:29 »
Zx750 is the Kawasaki designation. My gpz550 was still a zx550a on the vin plate. As I said, they used to play around with the model names. In the USA the early z1000 bikes were badged as KZ1000.
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Re: Confession to make
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2018, 10:13:29 »
Hello Joe
Doesn't it say GPX on the engine casing? Picture 1 :dl_hyperhysteria:

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Re: Confession to make
« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2018, 16:29:45 »
Yes, pb it does but that has been added after a 'respray'.

One Haynes manual covers ZX750F (GPX750R) 1987-1991 which is the bike I have.  :icon_wink:
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Re: Confession to make
« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2018, 17:10:32 »
 :grin: :thumb:
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Re: Confession to make
« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2018, 19:33:53 »
cold looking thing.

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Re: Confession to make
« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2018, 21:10:43 »
Yes it is bsaboy but I hope I can give it a warmer new life.  :sunny:

Lots stripped down so far. Motor seems OK, it's had some internal maintenance but the outside has been neglected. I'll be putting it back to standard to start with (it had awful bodged exhausts, no air box and the paintwork is more dull than a dull paintjob....) I've found dry roller bearings in the suspension linkage and a bolt hole broken which secures the alternator. Engine out next.

Light at the end of the tunnel, well this is a bit early but........

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Re: Confession to make
« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2018, 21:12:48 »
 :eusa-doh:
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Re: Confession to make
« Reply #14 on: October 25, 2018, 21:20:16 »
You'd better get a lorry load of popcorn in tallpaul.....  :grin:

Some standard exhausts have arrived.
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Re: Confession to make
« Reply #15 on: October 26, 2018, 09:14:53 »
oops sorry ,that was supposed to say cold looking thing.

I'm a bit of a fan of early qwacks ,I`m on the lookout for one of these 400s in Lawsons colours,pretty rare though.

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Re: Confession to make
« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2018, 19:20:10 »
Oooops, this just happened.
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Re: Confession to make
« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2018, 21:31:42 »
Has it got anti carb icing plumbing? My 86 gpx 600 had a recall for it, fuel was icing up at full chat. The engine died at 130mph in lane 3 of the M62.

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Re: Confession to make
« Reply #18 on: October 29, 2018, 21:58:09 »
Mine hasn't Rusty Nuts but it's noted as a recall for the UK in Haynes.

The original parts diagrams show one lower hose to the water pump with a spur off to the carburettors and another without. Mine is definately without.  :icon_wink:
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Re: Confession to make
« Reply #19 on: October 29, 2018, 22:27:40 »
Yes, they fixed mine by running a loop of warm engine coolant round the inlet stubs, I think. Fixed it, thankfully. Kawasaki blamed the fuel companies for changing their formula.