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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-09-2017, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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1983 kz550 ltd

Hi guys, I know it's a Kawasaki but I restored it myself and thought I'd share some pictures and hopefully bring back some memories. I got the bike from a friend who was the original owner. It was left in a shed for 20 years untouched. It was put away mint and came out a wreck. I have about 1500 hours into the restore and $4000.00. I know its not worth that much but this was my first time restoring an old bike which I will never do again. No screw was overlooked. My kid helped too. My wife did not help.
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Re: 1983 kz550 ltd

More pictures of the bike done
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Re: 1983 kz550 ltd

I basically polished everything. That's what took so long, More pics:
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I hope you enjoy my pictures. Yes it runs, I drove it one mile and everything worked great. I finished the project late this spring and just drained the gas out a couple weeks ago. I will not ride it anymore since I worked too hard on it to see it get dirty! Ill just look at it.
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Re: 1983 kz550 ltd

Good job.
It's nice to see so much TLC go to classic old bikes, even if they aren't RG500s and the likes. I disagree with your logic, however. Ride that bitch. Just keep it clean

Your little helper makes me grin. I remember when mine was cute like that lol.

I hate to nitpick but the shaft drive shouldn't be polished
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Looks great
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The shaft drive was painted black from the factory, I just polished it to make it better. This is not a for sale thread. Just something I hope people might enjoy looking at.
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That's an amazing transformation,and a bonus that your lil one helped out.
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