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1975 Kawasaki 500cc H1

 by Damon_Ferraiuolo
Hello All,
I'm new to this group, and hoping for some good resources. I’ve just become the assigned mechanic to revive life into my brothers 1975 Kawasaki 500 H1. He’s owned this bike since 1979 & had it in storage since 1983. Long story made short, the upper-end, carbs, cables, etc. are new and/or rebuilt as of a few weeks ago. I now can start & run the motor. My questions are related to the oil injection system? I think I have the cable that actuates the oil injection valve set correctly with allowing the valve to close all the way to it’s own hard stop on the valve. The oil tank & lines are passing oil freely through each line and to all banjo bolts. The two issues are while the engine is running it is receiving way too much oil to all cylinders? 2nd issue while actuating the throttle with the engine not running I have oil leaking from what appears to be the check valves located at the bottom of the crank-case? So can I disable the oil injection system & run this bike with pre-mixed fuel & oil without creating any long-term damage? Or would your recommendation be to re-build these check valve? And are their parts still available to do so? Thanks in advance for your responses. Damon

Posted Apr 10 2009, 12:03 PM in Tech Talk

1975 Kawasaki 500cc H1

 by Damon_Ferraiuolo
Hello All,
I'm new to this group, and hoping for some good resources. I’ve just become the assigned mechanic to revive life into my brothers 1975 Kawasaki 500 H1. He’s owned this bike since 1979 & had it in storage since 1983. Long story made short, the upper-end, carbs, cables, etc. are new and/or rebuilt as of a few weeks ago. I now can start & run the motor. My questions are related to the oil injection system? I think I have the cable that actuates the oil injection valve set correctly with allowing the valve to close all the way to it’s own hard stop on the valve. The oil tank & lines are passing oil freely through each line and to all banjo bolts. The two issues are while the engine is running it is receiving way too much oil to all cylinders? 2nd issue while actuating the throttle with the engine not running I have oil leaking from what appears to be the check valves located at the bottom of the crank-case? So can I disable the oil injection system & run this bike with pre-mixed fuel & oil without creating any long-term damage? Or would your recommendation be to re-build these check valve? And are their parts still available to do so? Thanks in advance for your responses. Damon

Posted Apr 10 2009, 11:56 AM in Kawasaki Chat

2008 Z1000 seat

 by andy-750
lonewulf
Apr 7 2009, 10:02 PM
I had an old seat from a Suzi gsxf (like an armchair for comfort) & cut & taped the foam on .I've seen prettier but 500 miles through France I didn't care about the looks .Try Digger seats in Newport Gwent if you've got the cash. Or buy a Harley !! :P

rather push wasps up my aaaaaaaaaa**e than get a hardly movingson , have had good reports bout digger seats but are pricey tho

Posted Apr 8 2009, 04:26 PM in Kawasaki Streetbikes.

2008 Z1000 seat

 by Tone64
lonewulf
Apr 7 2009, 09:02 PM
I had an old seat from a Suzi gsxf (like an armchair for comfort) & cut & taped the foam on .I've seen prettier but 500 miles through France I didn't care about the looks .Try Digger seats in Newport Gwent if you've got the cash. Or buy a Harley !! :P


don't fancy a hardly movingson, just want a comfy seat!!!!, :256
i have spoken to baglux, and they will build custom seats of my colour choice for £230, :423
just waitng for them to e mail me, to see if that includes gel. :711

Posted Apr 8 2009, 02:02 PM in Kawasaki Streetbikes.

2008 Z1000 seat

 by lonewulf
I had an old seat from a Suzi gsxf (like an armchair for comfort) & cut & taped the foam on .I've seen prettier but 500 miles through France I didn't care about the looks .Try Digger seats in Newport Gwent if you've got the cash. Or buy a Harley !! :P

Posted Apr 7 2009, 09:02 PM in Kawasaki Streetbikes.

Mini Intro

 by patty
Hi. I'm Patty. I just moved to Seattle, Washington USA!!! I got my Ninja 250 in late ''07. I love it. I took the motorcycle class in Wisconsin and did not have to take anything, but the written test at the DMV. But now that I have moved to Washington, I wonder if they will make me test again??? None of you can help me because you all live across the big pond.

I love my little sport bike. I have been out on it three or four times since moving here in January. Too much snow in Wisconsin.

I always feel like wonder woman, when I gear up in all my leather. And the men go gaga, when I take my helmet off. Riding my bike makes me feel so good! I feel sexy, beautiful and alive.

I would like to get a little bigger bike. I'm all of 112 pounds and 5'5" and can barely push this little bike around. I'm thinking the 500. I love the sport bikes. Mine is so cute, but I can't keep up with the boys! And she really just doesn't have all the power a girl wants. I get the most pleasure screaming through the gears. Is that hard on a bike?

I've been on the back of motorcycles all my life, but the front is so much better. And Kawasaki's are reasonable and with all the racing knowledge behind them... I can't believe I waited so long to get a bike. I just always thought they were out of my price range. And I love the mpg. I get 65 mpg most of the time and sometimes 73 on the freeways.

I shipped my bike. That was the longest 10 days of my life. I was so afraid she would return to me damaged, but she's as cute as can be...

Forgive me... Sleepless in Seattle. Have a great day!

Patty :644

Posted Mar 19 2009, 01:01 PM in Ladies forum

n00b

 by jimbo3459
Hi everyone.

Joined today after finding you whilst browsing.

Got 2 Kwacks, a '96 KLE 500 and a '99 ZZR 1100.

Love 'em to bits!

Jim

Posted Feb 25 2009, 04:37 PM in Welcome to the forum

Newbie

 by Dick Scratcher
Hi everyone, new to the site but far from new to bikes. I've now reached a "Certain Age" having had bikes cotinuously since I was twenty. Had lots of British tack, one Bianchi, two Ducatis, three Laverdas and am about to take delivery of a ER6F. I have had two Kawasakis in the past, one was a KDX125 and the other a Used Z200 that cost me £180 !. This I purchased for a lengthy trip to France on the premise that if it broke down I'd chuck it in the ditch and thumb a lift home. In fact it went to France twice, northern Netherlands on a rally, two weeks around Scotland including the Isle of Skye, and used it for work for years, knocked up a phenomenal mileage. Roundabout 2000 it got really too horrible to ride, the local scrapyard wouldn't have it unless I delivered it so my angle grinder went through it and a trip to the tip sufficed, should've taken it to the Stafford show and placed a sign on it for £500, somebody would've bought it !. Looking forward to some good trips on the ER.
Regards to all.

Posted Feb 17 2009, 10:42 PM in Welcome to the forum

DA-restricted

 by longlostNinja
Well I am beginning to wonder if I will have to go "restricted". I am riding on my US license, but must be tested and pass by June if I don't want to lose the privilege on riding on UK roads!

I have been working with an instructor, when my time permits. Great instructor. However i am trying to do the dam--d U turn on my 500! Extremely tough for me. I did it on his loaner 125cc - no trouble. but heck, this is driving me nuts and I will fail on the day at this rate! Test is in late march.

I got so tired today, trying time after time after time on various bikes that I dropped his (ouch)!

Posted Feb 17 2009, 08:33 PM in Ladies forum

For Sale '75 Kawi 500 H1

 by zbestwest
1975 Kawasaki 500 H1. Wife says "get rid of it!" I am the original owner, purchased it at 16 in 1975. It's all original and in excellent condition. Been in storage for almost 30 years in the high dry desert of Reno Nevada. Pictures available. Contact me at this forum or directly at [email protected] Only serious collectors need respond. Ron

Posted Feb 14 2009, 01:32 AM in The Trading Post

gpz500 alternator oil

 by kennyv50
:oop Hi to all at the owners club, have just brought my first "big" bike, ok only a 500, but its big for me. Started looking through the site, and it seems to be a bundle of infomation for some one like me.
I hope Im not alone, but my first input is to be asking for free info, I brought the bike as a non worker, no spark at the plug, possible cdi fault , the pre owner brought a 2nd hand cdi unit, but still no spark. Both units could of course be faulty. Ive started away from the unit ie junction box, main coils , pick up coil connections and caps. all at present, being guided by the Haynes manual, appear ok Two questions, 1 is it possible to check if the pickup coil is ok, other than ohms testing the unit, ie can one check to see the pulse being sent?, and two 2 when I took off the alternator cover a quart of oil came out. Is this normal, the bike was on its centre stand, or do I have an oil seal gone or has the bike been over filled?
If anyone can help with one or more answers, I would be very grateful.
Sorry one more question, is it possible to have the cdi units checked out at a kawa garage, and does anyone know a good garage near the Croydon area.
many thanks again
ken

Posted Jan 30 2009, 10:39 PM in Tech Talk

kawasaki gpz 500s for sale

 by mike aldron
1 have a metallic red gpz 500s for sale, or p/ex w650 if possible.it has done 13,000 miles and is t+t till may 2009. it was the second bike of a mature rider ,and he has passed on his own list of past maintenance. i have fitted a new yuasa battery recently, and there is a brand new tyre on the front.i live in swansea ,south wales, and the only reason i want to sell it is to get another w 650. a much less enjoyable bike than the gpz, but i like the styling! mike aldron....01792 771092....mob 07866 276604...i want around £ 875 for the bike which is a 1998 registered bike " R "

Posted Jan 14 2009, 01:03 PM in The Trading Post

en500

 by andy mac
i need a system for my H reg EN 500 after market system currently fitted make unknown both cans on O/S looking for similar. any ideas?

Posted Jan 10 2009, 03:15 PM in Kawasaki Cruisers.

HELP WANTED FOR IGNORAMUS

 by andy-750
hi i think itprob either moisture in the engine caused by short journeys and not getting warmed up properly or head gasket , try oil change run about for bout 500 miles and then do another oil change DO NOT use engine flush, it will remove all the sediment from the bearings that settles in them and may leave them with clearances that are too big and then you will end up needing a rebuild, this is from experience not rumour.

Posted Dec 17 2008, 09:00 PM in Tech Talk

Broken Key

 by vulcantwin
Today I unlocked and only pulled my key partially out of the fork lock. Later I turned the handle bar and broke the key off. Now I have 1/4" of the key in the lock.
Is there a easy way to remove the lock and get the broken piece out of the lock. I have a spare key.

Should I take it to the dealer and let them fix it?
2007 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 Ltd

Thanks for any suggestions.

Posted Nov 29 2008, 02:42 AM in Tech Talk

for sale 1983 kz1100 project

 by zedeleven
1983 kz1100 a3 project. its on ebay. needs wiring/sidepanels/ignition and key/headlight.frame has been powdercoated, tank and mudguard have been sprayed.it has to go to fund new project. will make a lovely bike. v5 in my name. offers over £500

Posted Oct 27 2008, 09:33 PM in The Trading Post

gpz 500s

 by gavstas
hi, ive just had the chain, front and rear sprocket replaced on my gpz 500s, when i engage 1st gear (only normally when i first start it) i get a clunking from the bike, ocasionally stalling the bike, this happened before the chain and sprockets were replaced and i thought getting them done would solve it...any ideas?
Cheers :oop

Posted Oct 11 2008, 09:13 AM in Tech Talk

06 z750

 by Big4
hi ,am selling my 06 z750 in black ,has r & g crash bobbins ,belly pan ,tail tidy, great condition and looks great too, genuine reason for sale,£3,500. may px for sport bike. can phone on :kawas sold

Posted Oct 9 2008, 07:05 PM in The Trading Post

Wanting to buy used Vulcan 500

 by aux26
Thanks for the reply. That book you have sounds interesting, I may ask you to look up a few others if you don't mind. Was the miles in US or Km, since you mentioned the UK? With the fuel prices so high here over the last year all makes of cycles 500 and under are almost all sold out in the street/cruiser version and command a high price in the used market. Only now with the bad economy and lower fuel prices are things returning to normal prices. The Vulcan 500 is a perfect fit for what I need, just can't find one but I'll keep looking.

Posted Oct 4 2008, 04:45 PM in Kawasaki Cruisers.

Brakes?

 by HUNTER1
I lift up my front tire to try my front stand and I spin the tire and the pads are touching the rotor very slightly, not stopping the tire or I don't think it's slowing it down signiificantly. The bike has less than 500 miles. Does it just need adjusting or the pads just need to be seated more? I will be taking it soon for 600 mile service. I'm not experience to be adjusting anything just yet, thanks.

Posted Oct 4 2008, 03:56 PM in Kawasaki Cruisers.





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