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  • #6682
    Ron750M1
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    for this topic, I really should post something. Thanks for putting it up Doug.
    Well, I’m a Yank. lived around the Washington, DC area most of my life, but really need to get away from this hyper-politicized area…can’t even comment on the weather w/o getting into an argument about cow farts destroying the world. 👿
    I’m basically an old hippie. Started to ride a bike when I was in my 30’s, a Yammy 250 twin. My brother bought it and told me if I fixed it, I could ride it. I fixed it and he sold it 😯 🙁 😕 A buddy then sold me a Honda 550 twin, in rideable, but really rough condition, rode that until the late ’80’s. It ended up getting nabbed by the cops, for not having current tags, eventhough it was parked in a paid for parking space @ my apartment (flat). I later found out that the cops can come on to private property and sieze vehicles that are not properly tagged, even if the vehicle is covered 👿 . Finances improved and a coworker said he had a Kawasaki in his shed, he wanted to get rid of, and I could pay in installments. Turned out it was an 82 KZ750 M1 (CSR). I don’t know how long it had been in the shed, she was only 10yrs old, at the time, my coworker was 2nd owner, but w/ a little tinkering, new gas and a jumpstart, I got her going and she actually passed inspection :D. I rode her until around 96 when she needed some work, I got married and she sat :(. Spent 2 yrs in the elements then I moved and she spent another 10 yrs gathering dust and rotting, in the garage. 2yrs ago, I got tired of my wife and others telling me to get rid of that piece of junk in the garage, I started my mid-life crisis :?, my stepdaughter got a Suzie thumper, her husband got a hardly and I started taking a mild anti-depressant to help quit smoking. 🙄 Wife was gone for the day and when she got back the “piece of junk” was disassembled all over the garage 😈 my side and hers 😉 . It took about 6 months before she was cleaned, painted, running and resembled a working bike. It took another yr and some change to get the carbs to work right w/the pods but now just have a few details to take care of. I had a lot of help from guys from KZr as well as the guys from Ibsens, KZ twins forum (they put me onto figuring out the carbs). As I mentioned when I made the request for an intro topic, I found the Lonesome twin site after she had pretty much gone under and was about ready to give it up, as a lost cause, when Peter (whipkwakaway) told me to stick around as there was something in the wind 8) . I came over, pretty much in the first wave, but havn’t posted, trying to get “a feel” for the group.
    I’m not a real “motorhead”, I just like to ride a bike and feel the wind on my face…since “the state” won’t let me feel it through my hair 🙁 , what’s left of it :lol:. I don’t know a lot about other bikes but have learned quite a bit about the Z750 M1. This will be the first season that she’s running like she’s been reborn 😀 8) .

    ’82 KZ750 CSR, M1 twin, slightly modified.
    Mac 2-1 exhaust, K&N pods, 17tooth drive sprocket, Mikuni BS34 carbs w/#47.5 pilot jet and #125 main jet, (I think I can drop the pilot and main jets a size) Canadian XS650 (BS34) needlejet/jet needle, ’80 KZ750 LTD swing-arm and rear/front Mag wheels, coil repower mod.

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    Sorry I’ve been such a “motormouth” 😳 😀


    Ron

    #6679
    BiqueToast
    Participant

    Well howdy, Ron.

    By the way, did you ever get back at your brother for selling the 250? Like post on myspace that there’s a party at his house or something?

    😈

    #6683
    Ron750M1
    Participant

    Hey Toast, glad to see you made it over here also, thanks for the welcome. Nah, brother is a “wanker” but he is still my brother, besides in the early to mid ’80’s, the internet was a dim glow just behind the eyes of Al Moron. 😈

    Actually, as I think about it, I guess my revenge will be to not allow my brother to ride it, as he has already asked, several times. I told him that I would rather let him ride a new off the showroom floor bike, than touch this bike in which I have literally blood, sweat and tears invested.

    #6678
    whipkwakaway
    Participant

    howdy ron !
    greetings and welcome sir !
    nice work indeed D

    #6676
    dougyt
    Participant

    well thanks for the introduction, and very thorough it was too Ron. Great looking bike you have finished up with though, and thanks for sharing all this with us here at the assylum.

    #6684
    Ron750M1
    Participant

    Thanks y’all, appriciate the welcome 😀

    #6675
    Kaptainkwak
    Keymaster

    Well im impressed too Ron and welcome aboard!

    I’m a CSR owner here in the UK and mine is almost 100% original, i have the bits thats missing too!

    Im after building a 2nd bike to use for my regular riding and want the CSR to be in show condition.

    #6677
    dougyt
    Participant
    kaptainkwak wrote:
    Im after building a 2nd bike to use for my regular riding and want the CSR to be in show condition.

    We can all dream mate 😆

    #6685
    Ron750M1
    Participant

    Thanks for the compliments guys, 😀 . kaptain, I still have all the original parts. The spoke wheels are in pretty rough shape, which is why I went w/the mags. I got a pair of aftermarket slipon mufflers, so I may try to clean up the original headers and go back to the duel.

    This is a clip I made after I’d already started disassembling.

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    #6680
    BiqueToast
    Participant
    Ron750M1 wrote:
    ….This is a clip I made after I’d already started disassembling.

    That’s extremely cool… I wish I had taken movies of my bikes during hte work processes… I’m glad I at least have pics, but movies are more fun to watch!
    🙂

    #6687
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Hey Ron. I just left my 750CSR outside for four years and have decided to give her some Attention. Now I have her half stripped down and am poliching sanding and painting everything. I had no idea I was going to get this involved at the time. The rear tire tore from low pressure, and I always swore that if I replaced it I would finally fix the gearing. I’ve been looking all over the place and finding very few concrete answers for this particular model. Mainly I want to know if the 17T front required any modification and what is your current RPM at 65mph? Is there any way an 18T would fit? I doubt it, since the clearence already looks kinda close with 16T. Also were you able to Find any smaller sprockets for the rear JT’s smallest appears to be the stock 38T. Thanks and nice work on the bike. Hey those look like the same padded grips I put on my bike. Do you know where to order those grips? Mine are torn.

    #6686
    Ron750M1
    Participant

    Hey Gerosh, wow I didn’t think I’d ever see this post again:). Let’s see if I can answer some of your questions. Although I did install a new chain @ the same time as I changed the sprockets, I kept the stock link #’s, I might add a link on a future chain but the stock length is fine, right now. The 17T sprocket is about the maximun size if you leave the inner chain guard installed although I understand you can fit an 18T if you remove it. You would also have to lengthen the chain. I’m running about 5000rpm @ around 68-70mph, and haven’t lost any low-end torque. I can pretty much leave the bike in 5th gear for most riding conditions, even low rpm(2K) going uphill. Sorry I haven’t even considered changing my rear sprocket, so don’t know about that. In my, limited, experience it seems that many of the specs for the B4’s still obtain for the CSR’s(M1). The grips I got @ a local dealership but I’ve seen those same type grips just about everywhere from ebay to jcwhitney, shouldn’t be that hard to find replacements for your torn pair. I appriciate the compliment, welcome and good luck:)
    Ron

    #6681
    BiqueToast
    Participant

    I second everything Ron said about sprockets. I run a 17 in front and if you ask me, it’s what should have been there in the first place…

    #6688
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Man that’s great news. I was checking clearances the other day and I was skeptical. I didn’t want to remove the inner gaurd, it would fling too much crud at the wiring/clutch/neutral switch, but I was considering it since I really hate the gearing that much. I believe I read somewhere else that someone ground down their clutch rod to make room. thats pushing it. JT doesn’t appear to list their sprocket diameters, so I would have had to measure my stock sprocket and calculate radial difference per tooth increment based on the pitch and size of a 530 chain. Alas I dropped out of engineering years ago and sold all my texts for beer. So thanks for the info. I wouldn’t go any smaller in the back, I took the swing arm off and it had ruts on the top and bottom. Either I overloaded it or got carried away at the motocross competition. 😉 So I’m well into pissing away money on this bike. New Tires, x-ring chain, sprockets, shocks, front and rear brakes, tons of paint and tons of little things like a $25.00 oil filter housing o-ring/gasket. Hopefully I’ll be done by the end of riding season. I spent the whole day degreasing, rust removing, and polishing one rim. What a pain and it still looks like crud close up. The only way I can justify all this expense is that each tank of gas will save me $50.00. Based on the mileage differential of my bike and my E-250 super duty, and the projected $4.00/gallon. I remember not that long ago a 93 octane tank of gas was $3.25, and soon it will be $12.00+. Anyone remember “way” back when you could fill your car for that. Well anyways, here’s a pic of my bike right now.

    #4654
    Ron750M1
    Participant

    nice looking bike young fella 😀

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