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Z50 K2 - Now I've got one too... :)

I entered the hard tail world, with the purchase of a '71 K2 a couple weekends ago.

After seeing a two day old ad on Craigslist for a pretty nice K2 at a very fair price, I figured I'd already missed out on it, but gave it a shot.

Long story short, it took me a while to get in touch with seller, cross my fingers that I was winner of the "first guy with x dollars in hand gets it" contest, and get to a location out in the boonies about two hours from me.

The end goal is to build a sort of resto-custom (because stock sucks! :D), with a torquey 88cc engine. For now, it'll get mechanically sound, a good detailing, some small touches, and ready for duty as a parade bike with the World Famous Wheelie-ing Elvi.

Here's what the bike looks like now.

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i think a good lot of us have been in tha c-list race....toooo many times i showed up too late....thats why i started going after bikes with a bike!!!
 

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Sweet find, I love the hardtails. Some stuff is hard to find, rear fender, brake pedal, to name a couple. Loads of after market mods too.
 

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i look forward to the days when i can rip down a bike, take a few small notes, and order exactly what i need that fast. ;) are you going with the tb88 and race head? if so, keeping with the kit's cam (tb 189) or changing it up? im curious what you are going with to make it torquey.
 

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Who did you source the header from?
It's an aftermarket version of the stock pipe and heat shields that I got from http://www.TBParts.com

TBW9137 Z50 K2 Exhaust Pipe Assembly

When I go with a bigger motor later, I'll probably pick one of these up from TB Parts:

TBW0743 TB Pipe for HardTail Z50 Chrome Muffler 68-71

i look forward to the days when i can rip down a bike, take a few small notes, and order exactly what i need that fast. ;) are you going with the tb88 and race head? if so, keeping with the kit's cam (tb 189) or changing it up? im curious what you are going with to make it torquey.
Hehe. I've had plans for this build in my head for a while - just needed a bike to go with them.

I have a race head on another 88 motor (out of the box TB kit). It runs great, but needs to be wound up a bit. I haven't experimented with carbs yet, but think the bottom to mid-range would be better if I had a smaller carb.

I'm thinking about a stock head 88 kit for my K2, with a smaller than 20mm carb, and maybe a different cam (need to research this), but with plenty of compression. There are a few folks here on and off of PM that I want to chat with about that. I've also got a Honda 4 speed that I plan to put in the same engine.
 

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Where did you order the NOS parts from? Honda directly or are there better places for that stuff?
For "easy" OEM Honda stuff, I usually order from http://www.WesternHonda.com and use the Honda microfiche to figure out what I need/what is available.

There are a surprising amount of hard tail parts still available from Honda, but I wasn't able to find everything that I needed this time around.

I ordered from Northeast Vintage Cycle (http://www.hondanuts.com), as they had all the OEM parts that I needed (even some that Honda listed as no longer available), and very nice repro brake and throttle cables. Prices were good, shipping was quick, and I'll order from them again.
 

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Got some work done on my K2 at Moto Tech Day yesterday.

New 4.00x8 tires and tubes got mounted on freshly blacked out wheels, with matching hardware, hubs, and brake panels. Also added a new seat from TBParts.com, straightened out the handlebars a little, and installed new handle bar knobs and rubber tank mounting parts.

Thanks again to DavMo for hosting, helping, and guiding us on rides around his 'hood!

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Bought a nice, used stock cover for my '88 a while back, and decided to use it on my K2. I hit it with some carb cleaner, 400/800 grit wet sandpaper, and a green Scotchbrite pad to get the brushed look I wanted.

I'm going to do the same to the clutch cover, as well as clean up the rest of the engine, but threw the cover on for some quick eyeballing. Not bad for $15 and a little effort.

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Damn you for pressuring me to keep up.
Hehe. Sorry about that spiz5. I'm not racing to finish this one, just having fun with a new build. Your '69 is coming along nicely.

Here is the latest batch of OEM parts. Lots of fasteners, fork parts, some cam/valve train stuff, and rubber parts for this and that.

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A little time and ~$4 worth of Testors paint (#1127 Orange) makes the old tank badges on my K2 look new again.

When painting, I laid it on thick so that the paint flowed/leveled out, and after things dried, I was able to easily remove extra paint from the chrome areas with my fingernails.

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