Oh Fork…

So we got the converted DRZ-SM fork back from the fabricator and were super excited to get it on the bike and see how it looked.  Eric was out of town for the night,  and I couldn’t wait an extra 24 hours to see how rad it was going to be, so Brandon from the Motoshop was nice enough to swing by and help me lift the KZ up onto the lift.  There is always a moment of truth after dropping fairly serious money on a fork conversion, and this moment of truth ended how many seem to end around here. Disappointment….  Even through the fork is shorter than your standard motocross fork by a few inches is it still WAY too long!  Luckily the challenge is all part of the fun, so now we get to learn how to lower a modern fork!

Check out our KZ750 chopper…
KZ 750 Chopper

Luckily the rear wheel is going to be a bit taller and the front a bit shorter, so that will help with the angles a bit, but we are still going to have to shorten the fork at least 4 inches. We are still sorting out wheels and tires (but we know they are going to custom built Excels!) and as soon as we do that we will figure out exactly what we need to do.

In general we feel that everyone who likes motorcycles is cool, and potentially our friends, but it turns out a few people who like motorcycle tanks at least are not. We left the perfect condition stock KZ tank next to the shop to air out a bit, and when we went to put it back on the bike we realized it was gone. Someone else now has a beautiful gas tank to sell for meth or whatever else dirty thieves do these days… Maybe they are going to build us a sweet custom bike and give it to us as a gift….. we are still waiting….  The good news is we scored a nice  replacement on eBay auction for not too much money.
KZ Tank

The wheels are getting ordered as we speak so the next post should have some cool eye candy in it!

 

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4 comments

  • 30 December, 2012 at 10:04 pm //

    do you guys actually build anything? or just send it all out to others?

    • 30 December, 2012 at 10:56 pm //

      Hey Bruce,
      We do send stuff out to people who are more skilled then us. The design is the fun part for us, so we are happy to support our friends and local businesses.

  • 22 January, 2013 at 7:59 pm //

    In my not-so-humble opinion, a man has got to know his limits! There are lots of things I will try that I have never done before, but there are some things better left to those who have the experience. If you are lucky, they will let you watch and learn!

    That being said, designing is a crucial part of the build process and you guys do enough fabricating to be considered builders in my book!

    • 22 January, 2013 at 9:31 pm //

      Thanks Tim!