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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 09-11-2012, 09:10 PM   #1
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Well...after coming to the conclusion that the CBR 600 would take too much time to get in safe riding order (read: the GF wanted something to actually ride this season), and after a few nights of her pouring over Craigslist ads, we found a pretty sweet little deal on this:



A 1990 Kawasaki ZR550. It's everything a first bike should be. Big enough to grow into, small enough to not punish you for every tiny mistake you're bound to make, clean enough to make a solid project out of, but not clean enough to make you cry when it gets a bit scuffed.

Plans:
New headlight
Open up the front sprocket cover
Clean and paint the headers
Shorten front fender
Eliminate rear fender
Aluminium diamond plate undertray
LED brake lights (courtesy of Poopie)
Possible (more likely than not) front end swap, or at least a full rebuild
Clean and paint frame, tank, tail...and everything else

The little things get done whenever we have a minute, and the bigger stuff will wait until winter.

...Let's kick this pig!!!

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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 09-11-2012, 09:15 PM   #2
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Nice bike. Clean also. What color does SHE want? Lol. I say Kawi Green!
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Default Re: Chaos6's GF's 1990 Kawasaki ZR550...

Mother. Fucker.

Ever type a lengthy post only to have the computer freeze up, leaving you to retype it all over? Just happened.

Sidewayz, to answer your question she (and me, of course, by nature of the fact that I wouldn't do it unless I liked it too) is into the idea of matte white with a broad racing stripe down the center in either metallic silver or a darker matte grey. Engine will be blacked out.

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Thats cool. Maybe a thin matte black twin srtipe along the outsides of the center stripe?
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Work done so far:

Headers came with a nice coat of red rust all over...

Dropped them into my newly created electrolysis tank (pics on another camera, to be posted later), flap wheeled and hand sanded them clean, and then hit them with 2000 degree flat black. probably looking to powder coat this winter.

Opened the master cylinder to find this...


It looked like someone had dumped melted caramel into it. WTF? Clearlt the previous owner was big on routine maintenance. I'm actually shocked that the brakes were still working.

Original headlight and front fender setup...



Choppity, chop, swappity, swap...


Vrod headlight, and a good 5-6 inches off the front fender looks pretty damn good for now.

Front sprocket cover makeover!!








As always, input and comments are welcome. The summer will be spent getting it to roughly match the vision we have in mind, and then major work begins with the arrival of winter. I've promised her I wouldn't cause her to miss riding days due to my inability to leave well enough alone during riding season.

...I've already broken that promise once...but come on! It needed the new headlight, right?

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Thats cool. Maybe a thin matte black twin srtipe along the outsides of the center stripe?
Hmmmm...that's an idea. What about using Kawa Green, or British Racing Green for the pinstripes?

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Fookin ell mate, just got it and already DW. nice one bro
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Either one would look great. Nice work so far. Whats one of those VRod lights cost?
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ZRX1100 underbraced swingarms fit into the 550 frames. You'll need your eccentrics as the spindle size is smaller on the 550. shave 2mm off the leading edge of the ignition rotor to retard the timing slightly which makes the bike run a little cooler.
Shocks from the 750 fit as do ZRX1100/1200 shocks which raises the rear end. 17 inch wheels from the ZZR600 or ZXR400 will fit and take the same discs as what you have. ZXR400 USD front ends fit easily into the 550 Zephyr frames.
GPZ550A camshafts fit into the motor and give it a little more power.
The engine was a development from the old Z500 as were many others, a GPZ600R or GPX600R motor will slot right in there, although you'll need brackets welding to the front of the downtubes to mount the radiator and will give you a very healthy increase in power.
There's lots of stuff you can do to the little 550 Zephyr.

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