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KAWASAKI 650 1969.
« on: May 04, 2012, 09:40:22 PM »
This is a Kawasaki 650 that came to me in a box of bits.
The engine is a copy of a BSA 650 the problem i have is
Parts are hard to come by so we will make and paint and
Go from there...
Thanks.
Steve.

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Re: KAWASAKI 650 1969.
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2012, 01:46:22 AM »
   hi  reed  ,   if you look close at some of the engine parts you will see bsa   stamped on them , kawasaki did use some of the bsa parts for this bike ,  these are rare i only saw a coupl come through the shop  ,  william
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Re: KAWASAKI 650 1969.
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2012, 03:55:36 AM »
Steve...I love these bikes, I have an early one myself that I did start doing some work on but decided to stop for the time being as I need to finish other things first! As you say, parts are not easy to come by...I consider this a long term project!
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Re: KAWASAKI 650 1969.
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2012, 07:34:01 AM »
keep a eye on Australian eBay there have been a few for sale recently   

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Re: KAWASAKI 650 1969.
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2012, 08:08:40 AM »
If you swapped the tank out, it would be hard to differentiate on a quick glance.  Mark.

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Re: KAWASAKI 650 1969.
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2012, 11:19:07 AM »
Did these bikes share parts with BSA?

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Re: KAWASAKI 650 1969.
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2012, 04:38:15 PM »
there is one on oz ebay classic,collector item#251052610590 bidding at $635 .twin carb

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Re: KAWASAKI 650 1969.
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2012, 08:59:17 PM »
Love those W2's I built a chopper out of one for my boss at the Kawasaki Shop. It was a beautiful bike with a Harley hardtail and springer fork. Screwed up, but beautiful ,and what he wanted. That was back when we would cut the neck to rake it and mould it in. Classic old school. It took me at least thirty trips to the muffler shop to get the custom crossover pipes bent right.

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Re: KAWASAKI 650 1969.
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2012, 09:27:54 PM »
Hey Steve,
I know of 2 partial bikes that are for sale if you are in need of some parts.

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Re: KAWASAKI 650 1969.
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2012, 09:37:37 PM »
Kevin,
Thanks, i will give you a call...
Steve.

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Re: KAWASAKI 650 1969.
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2012, 10:56:41 PM »
So were these made by Kawasaki or BSA? Was this a partnership?

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Re: KAWASAKI 650 1969.
« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2012, 11:08:32 PM »
Paul,
Kawasaki copied the BSA its in the book called sunrise to z1.
Thanks.
Steve.

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Re: KAWASAKI 650 1969.
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2012, 11:33:01 AM »
There's one on eBay right now for sale.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320901774216&viewitem=&sspagename=ADME%3AB%3ASS%3AUS%3A1123
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Starting price: $6,500.
Buy It Now:  $8,500.

I have heard finding good original mufflers for these is virtually impossible, and if you do, you'll need a second mortgage to cover the financial damage.


 


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