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 Post Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:47 pm 
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Hi guys havent been here for a while. just in the process of restoring my bored out Kawasaki a7 avenger 350cc which should be finished next week. came with 2 frames three engines and vairious bits and will have cost me less than £3k once finished. ill get some pics up soon but its the same as this one.
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 Post Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:30 am 
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Wow - proper classic Kawa - well done :clap - look forward to seeing the pics mate :D


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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:38 am 
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cheers,
ill get some up soon :)


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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:08 am 
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A lad in the club had one of these back in the day. Disc valve induction, like a big FS1E, one valve and carb on either side.

It went well, but his was very unreliable, had at least two top end rebuilds in the time that I knew him. You could always know when he was following you, could hear his engine rattling above the noise of my CB175.

Another lad had one with expansion chambers on, sounded evil.

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 Post Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:03 am 
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The guy i got it off had done a top and bottom end rebuild (so he said) so im hoping its just cosmetics and consumables but hey its a 47 year old 2 stroke. I can confirm the bike is loud.


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 Post Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:17 am 
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Can anyone tell me how to upload picture files? lol


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 Post Posted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:12 am 
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hellsgran wrote:
Can anyone tell me how to upload picture files? lol


Sign up with Flickr (free), upload your photos onto Flickr (drag and drop):

Select the photo on Flickr you want to upload.

Click on the share option and then select the 'BB' code option.

Paste the resulting BB code into your post and the photo will show on the post.


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 Post Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:03 am 
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Thanks mate, here is where im at so far. i have no skill for renovaions but it looks ok.
https://flic.kr/s/aHsmcNkPRR


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 Post Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:15 am 
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Looks like you are doing a cracking job restoring the classic Kawa mate! :D

Lovely looking bike, what's it like to ride compared to something more recent? (I've got zero experience of pre-90's motorcycles apart from an old ktm crosser).


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 Post Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:58 pm 
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Looking good !

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 Post Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:46 pm 
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Beautiful :love

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 Post Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:42 am 
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cheers guys, appreciate the comments :) . I've got a few more pics now with the cafe fairing on it which just needs paint.
HOON98 wrote:
what's it like to ride compared to something more recent?
. I've only done a few k on it but its pretty fierce on acceleration (42 BHP and super-light), handling is tolerable and the drum brakes are...interesting. So fun.
I got bitten by the nostalgia bug but dynamically the bike is crap compared to most 400cc plus bikes of the last 30 years but vintage strokers offer an experience (and smell) you just cant buy anymore.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/138609629@N06/


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 Post Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:50 pm 
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. I've only done a few k on it but its pretty fierce on acceleration (42 BHP and super-light), handling is tolerable and the drum brakes are...interesting. So fun.
I got bitten by the nostalgia bug but dynamically the bike is crap compared to most 400cc plus bikes of the last 30 years but vintage strokers offer an experience (and smell) you just cant buy anymore.


Sounds like an involving ride! :D

I would expect that riding one of these older bikes will sharpen your riding skills as you are always much closer to the edges of handling, braking etc than you are on a modern machine which being so much more user friendly can tend to flatter a person's riding skills - when you are riding these old strokers I'm sure that any lack of skill or experience will be quickly exposed :angel

It looks great with the fairing btw.


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 Post Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:00 am 
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Cheers bud.
I learned on old low capacity Japanese UJM's (mostly 4 strokes) that were well past their best by the time I got them. I found that rather than improving my abilities it actually made me more cautious and having to ride around the bikes inherant issues didnt really transfer into any appreciable skill on modern bikes apart from the basics. Proved it to myself by being shocked at how well handling and modern my 600f hornet and 1200 bandit felt after years on 70's shitters lol. I just fancied something different and fun. strokers are still relatively cheap in New Zealand unlike the UK. also qualifies for classic status which means yearly rego is about £20 unlike a post 1979 bike which is maybe £250/year for the equivalent of road tax ffs.


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 Post Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:54 pm 
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Yeah, I see what you are saying, it's difficult to learn the finer points of riding a motorcycle if you are constantly fighting with the bikes deficiences, we often forget how spoiled we are these days with the quality of the motorcycles available to us.


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 Post Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:50 pm 
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Downside of that is because modern bikes are so easy to ride, it is very easy to find yourself riding too fast for your abilities.

Like I did, still do ...

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 Post Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:32 pm 
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richard pitman wrote:
Downside of that is because modern bikes are so easy to ride, it is very easy to find yourself riding too fast for your abilities.

Like I did, still do ...


Yeah, that's very true - I run out of talent and skill way, way before my bike does.

I remember about 20 years ago one of the big stories in UK biking was the number of middle aged 'born again' bikers wiping themselves out on recently purchased TL's and R1s etc after a 20 year lay off from biking - the story was that these guys riding skills were calibrated to the 250 strokers et al they were riding in their youth and not to the radicallly faster and more powerful machines of the late 90's - so when things went wrong they might be going twice as fast as they thought they were going.


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