fire damaged z1000 restoration

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by Brendan, Mar 4, 2004.

  1. Brendan

    Brendan Guest

    I have heard of a fire damaged 1982 kawasaki z1000 which may be
    (steel duplex tubular frame with plates)

    My intention would be a ground up restoration and frame bracing. The
    bike's plastics are all melted but the steelwork is intact and looks
    like a stripped down rolling chassis.

    How can I tell for sure that the frame and other components have not
    beed weakened/distorted by the heat or rapid cooling of a fireman's
    hose quenching the metal? The frame and wheels (low magnesium alloy)
    and yokes were powder coated, will this tell me anything?

    Is it possible or desirable to anneal/heat treat the frame?
    is there any economic stress testing analysis available.

    This is one special motorcyle with history which I really want to

    It is also 120 horsepower mental superbike with arm wrenching
    performance and I assume also a highly stressed frame.

    All advice greatly appreciated.
    Brendan, Mar 4, 2004
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  2. Forget it! Maybe if just the seat burned a bit. Keep looking for one that
    runs, try eBay. They are out there.

    If you want real history buy one like I have.
    Honda CB750 K5... (beautiful)
    Quiet (stock exhaust)
    Till you get on it... then she
    "Sounds Like A Porsche"
    Sounds Like A Porsche, Mar 4, 2004
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