Fuel tank & paint
I've been doing a bunch of work on the bike, some of which requires the removal of the gas tank. When I did so, I noticed the underside of the tank is sort of a semi glossy metal flake green.
This is not the color of the bike, and it is stock as it came from the factory.
The individual I purchased the bike from is a coworker. He bought it new in '02, I've seen it pretty much constantly since he got it, and I'm the second owner.
He claims the bike was never wrecked, and I know most of the people he rode with, no one ever said he wrecked it, and I have no reason to doubt him.
But, my question is, did Kawasaki ever primer their bikes in this manner?
It sure looks like the tank was repainted at some time, but it could have been that way from Kawasaki I guess. Just asking, the bike has issues, those of which I would account to not being ridden for 3yrs. And I'm not looking to start something with the previous owner, I like the bike, it rides well, (when it's running) and from what I've seen, no other reason to think it was wrecked. Maybe one of his kids hit the tank while it was in his garage, he replaced it and didn't think it was important, then no big deal.
Take care all, I thank all of you who have contributed over the years to this website/forum. I loved my old '98 and had no idea all the stuff that would, could happen to a bike, the mods, problems, repairs, fixes etc. Everyone here has contributed a mound of useful information, the likes of which I use quite a bit to keep the new to me '02 in tip top shape.