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Another Z650...

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Re: Another Z650...

#31 PostAuthor: Bevelhead » Thu May 12, 2022 7:38 am

Yes I usually lower the frame over the engine, as you say much easier on your back. In this case, I need to get the bike to a roller, so its easier to move around in my garage. Not sure what engine its having, either the rebuilt original or a Gpz750R motor, also no doubt in need of a rebuild. Either way its going to months until an engine goes back in the frame. At that point, I may just strip the bike down to a frame again and lower it over the engine. Wont take long, if I decide to do that.

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Re: Another Z650...

#32 PostAuthor: Bevelhead » Sat May 14, 2022 5:15 pm

After a few delays, finally got new tyres on the wheels so at last the bike is a roller again. It was surprising hard work on your own, those old wheels are very heavy.

I found a weird problem with the bike that I've never seen before.. the RHS upper shock mount is 16mm in diameter, while the LHS is 14mm... I'll make a suitable spacer to make up the difference, but it is very odd.

I know the bike had been crashed at some point in the past, so maybe one top mount was damaged and another was used as a replacement.. the frame had been crudely painted before I got it, so couldn't tell if that area had been welded.

For the side panel, have ordered some PVC cement, which also works with ABS, along with some 15mm diam ABS rod.. to make a new tang from, which can hopefully be glued in place.

Cant fit the side stand as the bolt it uses is non standard, so have to make one, in the meantime its going to have to lean against the wall in the garage.


Not sure what engine the bike is going to have, probably either the original 650 motor, but rebuilt, or perhaps a GPz750 engine, which also needs rebuilding.. or maybe just fit 750 pistons to the Z650 engine. Be a while before any of that happens, so this Z650 will have to stay leaning on the garage wall for some time yet. But that's ok, got other bikes to work on this summer.

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Re: Another Z650...

#33 PostAuthor: Bevelhead » Tue May 17, 2022 4:25 pm

Cant do much more on the green Z650 for now, apart from a couple of small jobs, such as fixing the broken side panel, and making a new side stand bolt. Its been rolled into the corner of the garage, where it'll stay until its engine has been rebuilt.

So now I can turn my attention to my other Z650 for the first time in 2 months. I rolled it outside today to make a start.. leaving a trail of oil.. as the engine isn't oil tight without its outrigger in place.. still a lot to do.

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