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  1. #151
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Dirt bike project started - Kawi KMX 125 followed us home

    True Arash.

    We finished the baby Kaw today (well, apart from the coolant leakage). If we had fuel and oil, we could have tried the first fire-up too, but we didn't, so that will have to wait for another day.
    The last steps were some sticker design. We will have to find some Kawasaki decals for the tank still.
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    Godspeed Jaco. You're missed down here mate.

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  2. #152
    The Mod Father
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    Re: Dirt bike project started - Kawi KMX 125 followed us home

    What a cracking job..!!

    Really well done you guys....and it was great to see your son so enthusiastically taking a key role in this bikes complete restoration.!

    You will forever remember your time together on this build.......Precious memories !!

    Thank you for the thread........it was Great.!!

    Brian G Wells.
    "A change in behaviour begins when Jesus changes our heart "

    Carina Wells (Mum)
    RIP.

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  3. #153
    President of the ZRXOA
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    Re: Dirt bike project started - Kawi KMX 125 followed us home

    Looks really great, both of you did a fantastic job.
    Arash (pronounced "our-ash")

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  4. #154
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Dirt bike project started - Kawi KMX 125 followed us home

    Thank you gentlemen.

    Not to forget: The whole project costs stayed well below 800 incl. buying the bike.

    You're right Brian. Tristan had his puberty-induced distraction pauses from the project, but the last couple weeks he fevered up to this point. Yesterday he was so proud of the achievement, thankful for my help, and overly happy to see his first bike finished.

    Now (once the coolant leak has been sorted) we're going to continue building up memories with the first riding sessions.
    Godspeed Jaco. You're missed down here mate.

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  5. #155
    President of the ZRXOA
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    Dirt bike project started - Kawi KMX 125 followed us home

    Tristan is a lucky kid! Happy for you both. Great memories building it together and more to come riding it too.
    Arash (pronounced "our-ash")

    CAUTION - My forum posts may be worth what you paid for them!

    2005 Green RessuREXtion - Amateur 1224 & Six Speed Installation - Oct 2015 BOTM - Yamaha R6 - Aprilia RS250s

  6. #156
    TMZ of the ZRXOA
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    Re: Dirt bike project started - Kawi KMX 125 followed us home

    I haven't been following the thread until now. Bike looks great. You two did a super job!
    Speed kills..........but only the dumb and the inexperienced!

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  7. #157
    BadAss Hooligan
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    CT

    Re: Dirt bike project started - Kawi KMX 125 followed us home

    Neither have I. First time I've seen this thread, but was very interested to follow it through.
    That was one of the most abused/neglected bikes I've seen in quite a while (mechanically). I've never seen bearings, bushings, etc... in that rough of a condition.
    You two did a GREAT job of bringing her back! Congrats on your work and accomplishment. What a great project to complete together.

  8. #158
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Dirt bike project started - Kawi KMX 125 followed us home

    Thank you guys.

    I have the mechanical seal and the oil seal for the water pump shaft and the water pump cover gasket lying on the workbench (Kawi original parts to be on the safe side), but we still have to mount them. This, unfortunately, means draining the gearbox oil and the coolant of course but since they were filled fresh from the can, those fluids can be reused.

    Since it is only slightly leaking, we will do that later because we have an appointment tomorrow with a buddy of Tristan's and his dad for riding. They have an unused patch of land that we will use as a track to ride on. They come with their quad. I guess we will be having fun.

    We did a first test run of the engine and it came to life after three kicks. It smoked horribly and was hesitant to rev up so I guess it is running a bit rich. I will adjust that on tomorrow's riding session.
    I shortly rode it and the clutch problem it had directly after the purchase is gone, so apparently it was only the fresh oil it needed. I did only ride it up and down the street briefly because the Gianelli exhaust has a mean mofo sound and I did not want to bring up the neighborhood against me in the evening.

    I am curious how tomorrow's riding session will turn out. It will be Tristan's premier behind the handlebar of a motorbike.
    Godspeed Jaco. You're missed down here mate.

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  9. #159
    Hooligan
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    Belfast, Ireland

    Re: Dirt bike project started - Kawi KMX 125 followed us home

    How did I miss this thread until today?!
    Great story Heino.
    2006 ZRX 1200R in proper flat lime green.
    1982 Z400J3 - the project..

  10. #160
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Dirt bike project started - Kawi KMX 125 followed us home

    You probably missed it while wrenching on the Z400 too long.

    For those interested: We replaced the totally inadequate throttle cable mounted by the PO today by a proper Kawi part and now the throttle actually reacts to the twist of the wrist.
    The old one had play in the centimeters range rather than millimeters. There wasn't even an adjusting screw to properly set the play.
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    We started her and the idle seems okay to me. Revving up appears a little hesitant to me but maybe that's normal for a small smoker.
    Having no real experience with two-strokes, I'd be happy to hear your opinions.
    Speaking of smokers - she does smoke considerably but I read that this is common for the synthetic Motul oil I filled in. I mixed 1:40 which might be on the upper end of the range, maybe I go down on the oil a bit with the next fill.

    https://youtu.be/oi8JvVkhC3E
    Godspeed Jaco. You're missed down here mate.

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  11. #161
    BadAss Hooligan
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    West Coast of Scotland

    Re: Dirt bike project started - Kawi KMX 125 followed us home

    Are we going to get a vid of the man and his first ride on his steed? Well done you two that is an awesome transformation. The smoke can be the residual oil in the header getting hot and burning 40;1 is about right I run closer to 50 with Castrol but hopefully it will clear. The slow to rev is air so maybe come back half a turn on the air screw
    Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.

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  12. #162
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Melbourne, Florida....On the corner of "walk" and "Dont Walk"

    Re: Dirt bike project started - Kawi KMX 125 followed us home

    I always ran 50:1 with Yamalube in my YZ250.
    ZRXOA #9877
    "IT'S NOT THE BIG THAT EAT THE SMALL..... IT'S THE FAST THAT EAT THE SLOW"
    2004 ZRX1200R-Silver


    Past Kawi's: 76 KZ900, 78 KZ1000, 80 Z1 Classic

    Off Brands: 74 Honda XR75, 80 Yamaha YZ250, 84 Honda 1100 Magna,
    95 Suzuki RF900R, 88 Suzuki Katana 1100
    Wish List: 74 Yamaha DT400

  13. #163
    BadAss Hooligan
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    near Hamburg, Germany

    Re: Dirt bike project started - Kawi KMX 125 followed us home

    My thinking was air too. I already gave the mixture screw a little twist and will figure out today how to better adjust it. I did not want to annoy the neighbors too much yesterday, that exhaust has a mean sound.
    Of course I will make some videos today and post them up.

    Wouldn't 1:50 lean her down too much? Most I read about we're going between 1:33 and 1:40.
    Godspeed Jaco. You're missed down here mate.

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  14. #164
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Dirt bike project started - Kawi KMX 125 followed us home

    I grenaded a piston once but that's it. To be fair it was in the summer and we were riding the hills pretty hard. The Yammy was air cooled as well.
    ZRXOA #9877
    "IT'S NOT THE BIG THAT EAT THE SMALL..... IT'S THE FAST THAT EAT THE SLOW"
    2004 ZRX1200R-Silver


    Past Kawi's: 76 KZ900, 78 KZ1000, 80 Z1 Classic

    Off Brands: 74 Honda XR75, 80 Yamaha YZ250, 84 Honda 1100 Magna,
    95 Suzuki RF900R, 88 Suzuki Katana 1100
    Wish List: 74 Yamaha DT400

  15. #165
    BadAss Hooligan
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    West Coast of Scotland

    Re: Dirt bike project started - Kawi KMX 125 followed us home

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  16. #166
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Dirt bike project started - Kawi KMX 125 followed us home

    Thanks for the infos on the oil, I think we will just try some and see what works best.

    So yesterday we took the baby Kaw out on the field for playing. She runs quite well once she has warmed up. Still a little slow on rev up but all in all I expected worse.
    Tristan did very well considering that this was his first time ever on a bike.

    Of course, I had to verify first that all was working fine.
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    Then it was Tristan's turn...
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    https://youtu.be/ElbWLzsK7-U

    Was a fun day.
    Godspeed Jaco. You're missed down here mate.

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  17. #167
    Hooligan
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    Belfast, Ireland

    Re: Dirt bike project started - Kawi KMX 125 followed us home

    Bike looks and sounds great Heino.
    And congrats to Tristan, that was pretty damn good for first go on a bike!
    2006 ZRX 1200R in proper flat lime green.
    1982 Z400J3 - the project..

  18. #168
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Melbourne, Florida....On the corner of "walk" and "Dont Walk"

    Re: Dirt bike project started - Kawi KMX 125 followed us home

    That first ride is the beginning.

    My very first on a bike with clutch/gears was a 1974 Kawi KE90, Orange. Been hooked ever since.
    ZRXOA #9877
    "IT'S NOT THE BIG THAT EAT THE SMALL..... IT'S THE FAST THAT EAT THE SLOW"
    2004 ZRX1200R-Silver


    Past Kawi's: 76 KZ900, 78 KZ1000, 80 Z1 Classic

    Off Brands: 74 Honda XR75, 80 Yamaha YZ250, 84 Honda 1100 Magna,
    95 Suzuki RF900R, 88 Suzuki Katana 1100
    Wish List: 74 Yamaha DT400

  19. #169
    BadAss Hooligan
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    near Hamburg, Germany

    Re: Dirt bike project started - Kawi KMX 125 followed us home

    I was surprised by how well he did for the first time.
    Choked it only once and had two minor falls in slow turns. He quickly learnt how to pick it up himself after he dropped it the first time and had difficulties getting it back up and I had to run over the entire field to show him how. I then rode it back because it was too hot for me to jog back, so he had to walk. Things learned from experience stay in your mind.
    Am I mean?

    He needs to get a proper armor vest and some lighter pants soon, though - the street gear he had to ride in almost killed him in that heat - he fell asleep exhausted as soon as we got back home.

    My daughters from the first marriage asked already if they could try it too - so the disease will be further transmitted I guess.
    Their mother will hate that though.
    Godspeed Jaco. You're missed down here mate.

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