Kawasaki KZ250D2 CSR project...Help!

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by 10mmNut, Jan 14, 2004.

  1. 10mmNut

    10mmNut Guest

    Hi guys, hope you can help me,

    Friend gave me an 81? KZ250D2 CSR for free ... good.
    Hasn't been started in 15 years...bad
    Kept outside behind shed...very bad

    So this bike's in poor condition, but I'm hoping I'm up to the
    challenge. Everything is frozen solid..combination of ice and rust.
    Any good products out there to free up all of these rusty components?
    Anyone know of a good source of cheap parts? I know that the fuel
    tank is shot...bikebandit wants $650 for a new one...ouch!

    Thanks in advance
    10mmNut, Jan 14, 2004
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    Mark Olson Guest

    You got two out of three correct.
    If your objective is to come up with a rideable bike for a reasonable
    amount of money, the only sensible thing to do is to sell the carcass
    now and put the money toward a bike that doesn't need extensive

    If you are after a challenge and don't mind spending far more (time
    and money) on fixing this bike than you would spend on a later model
    low mileage used bike, you're all set. Just remember, unless you
    plan on doing a complete stripdown, paint the frame, replace all the
    wheel & chassis bearings, rebuild the engine, &c, you will end up
    with a bike that is somewhat less desireable than a bike that has
    none of those things done to it, but has simply been looked after
    and properly stored.

    The truth of the matter is, there are many bikes in very good
    condition languishing in the back of people's garages, just waiting
    to be picked up for a fraction of their market value. Go after one
    of those. Not every neglected bike deserves to be saved. It's not
    necessarily true that a free bike is a good catch. In my opinion,
    most 'free' bikes have the potential of becoming more expensive than
    a non-neglected bike that is actually worth something to start with.
    Mark Olson, Jan 14, 2004
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    10mmNut Guest

    Thanks for the info/opinions guys. I love the idea about the CLR and
    Yeah, I guess I'm a little stubborn, I'll mess around with it for a
    while and we'll see what happens. The previous owner said that it
    was running fine when he last rode it, so hopefully with a little
    dismantling, and lots of cleaning, I can get her running again. Will
    keep you all up to date.

    10mmNut, Jan 17, 2004
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