What I found was an ‘86 with one previous owner. It didn’t run, as it sat for at least ten years, it was well loved by the lady I bought it from and her late husband. After rebuilding the carb (new jets and a chemdip soak) as well as tumbling the tank and a thorough cleaning of the petcock, it runs again. Not PERFECTLY, but not bad (just bogs down in higher gears, slight exhaust manifold leak I think) I threw some of the Iridium spark plugs at it, an agm battery, coolant and oil flushed, filters...
After some cleaning and polishing, what I now have is beautiful. It’s not a 100% my style, in fact the plan was to black it out and mess with it, somewhere between mad max and cyberpunk lol
But I’m worried it’s TOO beautiful; now that I see the potential of it... hows it’s all original pieces and in relatively great shape, the idea of murdering this well loved and cared-for original makes me shutter. Like seeing a gorgeous 67 mustang fastback with 20” chrome rims and plastic/bondo mods; my first thought is always “if only someone who appreciated its origins got to it first.
I’m not trying to pass judgement, I’m just trying to do right by this bike.
A.) Sell it; all original, and make some Kawasaki purest out there really happy (and finance the option B, acquiring a newer bike to start with)
B.) Just chop it into pieces and turn THIS bike into the cyberpunk/MadMax sh*tshow I’ve always wanted. It’s older and it’ll take much longer but...
I’m at a loss, and I apologize for the lengthy post I figured you’d be the people to ask. I got it for 900, to make option B make sense, I think if need at least 2k, I’m looking 3k.
can someone give me a reality check, as well as their opinion?
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