Kawasaki Z750 L2 Street Tracker Project
I've owned and ridden the Z750 L2 for a number of years but it was looking a bit tired, so rather than restoring it back to original condition I decided to have a change and convert it into a street tracker.
Converting a bike of this age is not a simple affair, parts are hard to come by and updating and refreshing components isn't easy either.
So with the bike rolled onto the lift in the workshop I started putting a few ideas together. (Yes, That's a Z750E in the background!)
I'd just fitted a brand new Motad 4 into 2 exhaust to the Z750 L2 and so wanted to include it in the new build as it was a sizeable investment.
As you can see the bike is in great condition considering it's age and has been looked after and so the strip down wasn't too difficult.
With the cat comfortably perched in the background keeping an eye on proceedings I started stripping the bike ready for redesign.
The Z750 engine is a sizeable lump and took many hands to remove safely. Since I already knew it was a perfectly good low mileage running engine very little work was required, apart from checking valve clearances, a good soda blasting, repaint and polishing.
Removing the paint from parts was surprisingly easy and the sonic cleaner I'd only recently invested in got heavily used throughout the build.
Modifying the frame took some serious designing as the new seat required very different mountings from the original.
Trimming the frame and adding the new loop whilst retaining frame integrity and strength.
Fabrication of the new seat mount.
Offering the seat and tank up to ensure correct fit during the build.
Many parts had to be stripped, sonic cleaned and then rebuilt using new parts to get things back as close to new as possible.
The carb's took a lot of work to strip and clean, there is a lot to do when you have 4 carbs.
And finally the carbs completely rebuilt with new internals and ready to go back on.
The carbs weren't the only thing that needed attention, the brakes also benefitted from a complete overhaul.
Stripping down the callipers, removing pistons and seals, sonic cleaning and then rebuilding with new seals was a time consuming job.
Whilst the refurb was taking place the frame and associated parts were sent off for powder coating.
A bronze colour with copper fleck finished with a clear coat will look amazing in the sun.
Now that the frame is done, wheels painted and forks polished the task of reassembling begins.
New aluminium straight bars give the bike a completely different look.
To keep the front end clean I fitted bar-end LED indicators.
Even during the rebuild there were still decisions to be made on final colour choice for some of the parts.
With the engine back in the frame, carb's synchronised and setup and electrics complete I'm just waiting for the tank to come back from the paint shop and it'll be ready for the MOT.
And the finished bike fully MOT'd and ready ride!