View Full Version : 1985 Kawasaki Ninja ZX600-A aka 600R

02-07-2009, 02:31 PM

I thought id start a project thread ;)

Its cutting off my pictures :( oh well ya get the idea, and if you want to see the full photos, click on them and get there url and paste it into your address bar ;)

To start off, I am a poor college student who cant afford crap, so all my mods and stuff will be cheap and home grown stuff.

Also my bike is OLD, and used. Its a 1985 Kawasaki Ninja 600R, title says that already.

And its my first bike :)

Here it is-

It was low sided on both sides, and its got some major road rash. Here are some close ups-

And the tank is rusty and had a leak in it, which i fixed, and then i painted the entire underside with anti rust paint in semi-flat black. Here it is before-

Here it is after the paint and repair-

It has a tinted wind screen :)

And front semi flushies-

And a aftermarket fuel filter, which will get replaced soon :)

Here it is at home :) -

I got some integrated mirrors (I already installed them, ill post pics of them installed later)

Plans are to ride it and have fun, then get something bigger eventually, and then possibly track this one :P we will see how things work out. feedback is appreciated. any suggestions on what i should do with it? mods? im thinking new exhaust, but idk for sure. It will probably be painted, idk though. So let me know what ya think.

02-07-2009, 03:40 PM
I like this...

A project bike. You can have tons of fun on that.

02-08-2009, 11:45 AM
I've seen much worse damage and still have a workable project bike. Just make sure it's straight, like the forks and frame, so it's safe at speed. Nice work on the tank, and I like those mirrors! You should be able to find pipes pretty easily for that bike, as well as a carb kit. Those are real decent machines, and certainly worthy of a restovication project! Keep us posted! BTW, I do have a four port vaccuum gage, if you or anyone here needs one when it's time to synch the carbs.

02-11-2009, 07:52 PM
I got it up and running, check out this vid of it


02-11-2009, 08:33 PM
Wow, that sucker fired to life the MILLISECOND you turned the key, as if to say, "THIS IS SPARTA!!!!!" ;D

02-12-2009, 09:07 PM
Looks like you've got a good bike to work with!

Just gotta ask one question. Is that a car in your garage ? All these years I've had a garage, I never thought to put a car in it ! LOL I never seem to have room for one.

02-13-2009, 04:39 AM
Looks like you've got a good bike to work with!

Just gotta ask one question. Is that a car in your garage ? All these years I've had a garage, I never thought to put a car in it ! LOL I never seem to have room for one.

Actually no, i got a rare chance when on cars were in the garage. we use the garage for cars and cars only, this is the first motorcycle to be in there, so im fighting for space. I got a chance to take this vid when everybody left and i could take this vid. :)

02-13-2009, 10:53 AM
We got two cars and two bikes in my garage. i don't take snow off my car. In the summer I won't mind leaving it outside, but the winter, heck no. And since bikes can be put on the side and the cars still fit well...

and I like the clean look of the house with no cars in the driveway... yup, I am becoming a yuppie.

Gas Man
02-14-2009, 11:17 AM

Say it with me...




02-24-2009, 05:15 AM
It needs a new filter... ill look into those, although im probably going with whatever cheapest, i mean the bike never had one originally so its not like im hurting anything, as long as it flows enough and isnt gummed up like the one on there now.

Also, new video of the exhaust.... im thinking of hacking it off and doing a costume chamber muffler :)

lmk what ya think.


02-24-2009, 07:42 AM
soon it will be warm enought for me to go out and work on my bikes, have you located all the parts you are looking for

02-24-2009, 01:48 PM
still need a clutch cable and speedo cable and then its just a matter of when the snow melts :)

i got a local jap bike salvage yard that im gonna get the clutch cable from, and im gonna buy a brand new speedo cable online. moneys a bit tight so im more worried about gas for my truck and parking money :(

but she will be on the road soon enough :)

02-24-2009, 03:07 PM
i would rather have a new clutch cable than a used one, no need in replacing old with old just to have it break

02-24-2009, 08:36 PM
Twisted works at a place that may just have what ya need. Got a part number or anything? We'll see what we can do!

02-24-2009, 08:40 PM
Twisted works at a place that may just have what ya need. Got a part number or anything? We'll see what we can do!

Give me a couple days and ill find the number, if i cant find one at my local place.

02-25-2009, 11:00 AM
If all else fails, bring it to us and we'll match it up.

02-25-2009, 02:53 PM
If all else fails, bring it to us and we'll match it up.

do you have the little thread/spacer thing? that treads into the part attached to the handle bars and it alows adjustment of the clutch throw. Thats the part that broke and its all i need, ill get some pics of it up soon.

02-26-2009, 08:20 AM
I'll ask one of the parts guys at work, see what he can do, if we have it or can get it for you. I could get it cheap probably. Did you get your cables?

02-26-2009, 12:24 PM
He said you need 2 parts. I'm just reading off the receipt, just the "messenger"...
A cable adjust screw $8.92 and a cable adjust nut $6.36. and tax.

02-28-2009, 06:04 AM
He said you need 2 parts. I'm just reading off the receipt, just the "messenger"...
A cable adjust screw $8.92 and a cable adjust nut $6.36. and tax.

Bummer thats a lot for just some screws... ah well, lmk what it would be shipped and tax and everything for that to 48917

also if you have a speedo cable how much it would be for that tax and shipped to 48917 :) lmk and i might buy it.

03-01-2009, 03:27 PM
I bought an adjustment screw and speedo cable from my local dealer, it will be here Tuesday:) so thanks, but i got everything i need for now.

03-01-2009, 08:06 PM
So i got all the wiring fixed, spent about 3hrs working on that, and i ordered the clutch parts ant the speedo cable which should be here by tuesday and installed by wednesday afternoon.

I washed and waxed her and took some photos, let me know what you think.

White wheels are a PITA to clean...


03-01-2009, 08:33 PM
looking good!

03-01-2009, 11:29 PM
I think it's great to be bringing a bike back from the dead like that. Great learning experience, and you'll certainly appreciated riding it, knowing what it took to get her goin. Well done bro.

03-02-2009, 10:14 AM
Glad you got the parts you needed. Bet you can't wait to get 'er on the road!

03-29-2009, 02:31 AM
Soo one day i was out riding and my bike decides to overheat while waiting through 10 fricken cycles of a signal... grrrrr

well this causes an O-ring to break and coolant to leak all over the top of my engine and down into the spark plugs.

The spark plugs start shorting to the block and i lose all hp... grrr slower than a 50cc ...

So now i have to fix the leak and hope it helps the performance.

I thought it was the spark plugs (before i found the leak), so i changed those, good for about 10 min before enough coolant built up to short the wires.

cleaned the carbs (before i found the leak) helped for about a min, then got worse than ever... grrrr

tried some seafoam (still before i found the leak) didnt help much...

then i found it leaking out the side of the head through a hole that drains from the spark plug holes :o

So i traced the leak back and found out there is a hard pipe going into the thermostat just above the engine. SO that is dripping down on the spark plugs and causing them to short, at least i hope thats the power loss problem... GRRR...

all in all the past week has been very frustrating with the bike, but i hope things get better.

03-29-2009, 11:43 AM
You have more patience than me, I would have set the damn thing ablaze and left it for dead after something like that happening. I appreciate your effort with that bike because it's been a great learning experience so far, but if episodes like that continue you should just cut your losses and find a different bike.

07-01-2009, 04:59 PM
I cut my losses and found a different bike :D