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  • Kawasaki ZXR250 Modern Naked Cafe Racer Inspired

    (dodgy phone pics)


    I initially bought this off a fellow PSBer for $500 with 6 months rego as a cheap fixer-upper/commuter.
    Needed re-wiring/wiring diagnosis as indicators etc don’t work.
    Has a cooling system problem, as coolant enters the crankcase through suspected damaged water seal.
    So the plan was to fix it up on the cheap and use it to commute.

    Then another ZXR250 appeared on here which I picked up for $450 for the complete bike.
    This one was binned so has damaged fairings/cosmetics, but everything else is good.



    So the plan is to
    Swap over the newer better looking swing-arm/rear end from the donor bike
    Swap over the front end
    Swap Engine/electrics

    And that will get it running.
    I have further plans to keep it naked with café racer inspiration.
    Ideas:
    Building a tubular trellis style sub-frame and build a custom solo seat.
    Large round single headlight.
    Remove and polish rims.
    Tank/seat section colour: I’ve got a custom orange with white/gold pearl – similar to the XR5 pasty orange.
    Paint frame/sub frame either white, or black (if I go black – ill do the headlight, forks black too) if white ill polish the swing-arm.
    Paint engine black.
    Build a custom GP style shorty exhaust.
    Use the clip-ons off the donor.

    I could have regd the donor bike, sold it at a profit, got the bunky going on the cheap and left it, but I figured I may as well build one good bike out the two – instead of two average bikes. And ill have some fun on the way.
    bobbyhavok
    Inactive Member
    Last edited by bobbyhavok; 13-05-2011, 12:30 PM.
    Originally posted by Captain Starfish
    use me like the slut I am, yeah come on and make me your f^cked up broke crack hore that doesn't ride anymore
    :starwars:

  • #2
    All i need is a round headlight and i should have all the parts i need to finish the project, this part can wait, but if you have one laying around, or a cheapie, please let me know =)
    Originally posted by Captain Starfish
    use me like the slut I am, yeah come on and make me your f^cked up broke crack hore that doesn't ride anymore
    :starwars:

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    • #3
      last night i pulled the exhaust and rear fairings off the bike, had the little fella running around so i didnt get much work done.
      pulling the can off gave me the idea to build a tidy GP style short underslung exhaust

      current progress


      also made me realise how messy the work area is.
      as you can see, with all the [email protected] in the background, my garage is a mess, so, i think the next part of the project will be cleaning up/organising the garage/workshop so i can build the subframe and get things nice and orderly.
      A tidy workstation - something im truely looking forward to!
      Originally posted by Captain Starfish
      use me like the slut I am, yeah come on and make me your f^cked up broke crack hore that doesn't ride anymore
      :starwars:

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      • #4
        man u got a bargin on that second bike. just check the clearances before u go reving the crap out of it.

        build an exhaust like this
        YouTube - ZXR 250 with custome GP exhaust (sounding)

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        • #5
          ill do a big service on the motor before kicking her in the guts.

          yeah, heaps nice guy too, was super stoked with the purchase.
          nah, exhaust more like this =P
          YouTube - ZXR 250 No Exhaust
          Originally posted by Captain Starfish
          use me like the slut I am, yeah come on and make me your f^cked up broke crack hore that doesn't ride anymore
          :starwars:

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          • #6
            lol yeah that would be nice except it would burn your valves within a week.

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            • #7
              if you rejet the carbs it should be ok aye?
              Originally posted by Captain Starfish
              use me like the slut I am, yeah come on and make me your f^cked up broke crack hore that doesn't ride anymore
              :starwars:

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              • #8
                i think its more to do with back pressure. but im not sure realy. but since it revs so high i read its more likely to have problems then say a ninja250. if ur good with a welder u might want to talk to mattpack about the exhaust they put on there current project.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by hewholaughslast View Post
                  All i need is a round headlight and i should have all the parts i need to finish the project, this part can wait, but if you have one laying around, or a cheapie, please let me know =)
                  I got one of these for my R1 (I've done a similar thing to what you're planning).

                  Looking forward to seeing where this goes.
                  Feels good man.

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                  • #10
                    That's a bloody good price, hope to pull out the old motor this weekend, as long as I get my garage sorted out
                    Originally posted by Captain Starfish
                    use me like the slut I am, yeah come on and make me your f^cked up broke crack hore that doesn't ride anymore
                    :starwars:

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                    • #11
                      just so u know the head on the old engine was worked over by gav GD enginerring so its worth putting somewhere clean as a spare.

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                      • #12
                        Do you know what work was done?
                        Originally posted by Captain Starfish
                        use me like the slut I am, yeah come on and make me your f^cked up broke crack hore that doesn't ride anymore
                        :starwars:

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                        • #13
                          he did the clearences so new shims he reseated the valves and he cleaned it all up.

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                          • #14
                            Sorted the garage out... well better than it was two bikes, two sets of fairings and my old tool days rolling cab take up a lot of room in half a garage.
                            Got the donor bike running, some fresh fuel, carby clean, charged battery, fire up go!
                            Makes me think, maybe reg it, and do the cafe idea on the other.
                            Originally posted by Captain Starfish
                            use me like the slut I am, yeah come on and make me your f^cked up broke crack hore that doesn't ride anymore
                            :starwars:

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                            • #15
                              Just watched that exhaust video. I forgot how these bikes sound like their going stratospherically fast and the bike is just thrumming about. Good luck with the 2dodgy:1good project

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