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  • ZZR Kinda Cafe

    I mostly lurk on this board... trying to mine it for useful information of which I have found an almost endless supply. I would like to say thanks for all those who post as well as respond to inquiries from newbs such as myself.

    I purchased a 2004 ZZR 1200 pretty much by accident. I knew very little about motorcyles. Just wanted a nice touring bike with lots of ooomph that I could ride for miles and miles. The bike I ended up meeting most of these goals, but my lack of experience showed quickly with the level of maintenance this particular ZZR required.

    With over 55,000 miles on the ODO and little idea of it's history, I just rode it obliviously with a huge smile on my face. Eventually time got in the way and after sitting for six months or so it barely ran. Attempts to sell with now 75,000 miles on it and not running well at all where fruitless... so I decided to turn the bike into a learning experience.

    I created a BLOG along the way. I thought some might find it amusing, helpful or even interesting. Others may be left wondering why anyone would do such a thing to a ZZR in the first place.

    But for me the project did just what I wanted it to do. Taught me a lot about the ZZR and motorcycle mechanics in general and allowed me to be creative to transform a regular ZZR into something completely different. I was also able to resurrect a bike that was all but written off into a 95 pound lighter cafe style corner ripper. It's still a work in progress but at least I am able to ride it again almost every day.

    And that smile I first had when I got this bike? That's well plastered back onto my face once again...

    www.zzrcafe.com








    Before and 7 months after (front) Before and 7 months after (back)

  • #2
    Certainly an unusual platform for such an ambitious exercise. But kudos for tackling it. Well done.

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    • #3
      Holy smokes!! Is that even the same bike?? That was a lotta work!


      While I am master of my sword, I shall never think any man greater than myself.
      ~Eumenes of Cardia

      I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth. ~Steve McQueen

      I work over by worlds of fun. ~JimmyMac

      My photo album - http://zzrbikes.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=146333

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      • #4
        Originally posted by slayman View Post
        Certainly an unusual platform for such an ambitious exercise. But kudos for tackling it. Well done.
        For sure... unusual generally leads to unique though.

        Originally posted by CrazyTrain View Post
        Holy smokes!! Is that even the same bike?? That was a lotta work!
        It was. Much more than I anticipated... but a great learning experience.

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        • #5
          Sweet some serious home brew. The title made me think you added a grill or coffee maker but that would have been easy....

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          • #6
            What is it like to ride?


            While I am master of my sword, I shall never think any man greater than myself.
            ~Eumenes of Cardia

            I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth. ~Steve McQueen

            I work over by worlds of fun. ~JimmyMac

            My photo album - http://zzrbikes.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=146333

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JeffS View Post
              Sweet some serious home brew. The title made me think you added a grill or coffee maker but that would have been easy....
              Ha! For sure. Maybe I will slap a hibachi next time...

              Originally posted by CrazyTrain View Post
              What is it like to ride?
              Much more nimble. Just feels more free, if that makes any sense. And I really like the profile shadow it lays down when the sun is low.

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              • #8
                That is some kind of funky!

                In a good way though

                We once had a member try and turn a ZZR into a track bike.

                Oooooooooooooh Jeff!
                I have neither the time,or the inclination, to explain myself to a man, who rises and sleep under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner, in which I provide it. I'd rather you just say 'thank you' and go on your way.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BIG O View Post
                    That is some kind of funky!

                    In a good way though
                    I am sure not everyone's taste... but I am really enjoying it.

                    Now I just need to find another bike to twist into my world view...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Elvota View Post

                      I am sure not everyone's taste... but I am really enjoying it.

                      Now I just need to find another bike to twist into my world view...
                      I'll be interested to see how that one turns out!


                      While I am master of my sword, I shall never think any man greater than myself.
                      ~Eumenes of Cardia

                      I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth. ~Steve McQueen

                      I work over by worlds of fun. ~JimmyMac

                      My photo album - http://zzrbikes.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=146333

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Elvota View Post

                        I am sure not everyone's taste... but I am really enjoying it.

                        Now I just need to find another bike to twist into my world view...
                        No disrespect intended.

                        Wish I had half the skills to pull something like that off.
                        I have neither the time,or the inclination, to explain myself to a man, who rises and sleep under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner, in which I provide it. I'd rather you just say 'thank you' and go on your way.

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                        • #13
                          BTW Bill aka Spedxprt is one of our active AZ riders, he will stumble along soon im sure. Im headed to the GC for vacation in late Sept. What part of AZ are you in?

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                          • #14
                            Cool transformation. I've never seen a ZZR turned cafe before. I've always been attracted to the cafe style. Great work!! Thanks for sharing.


                            "I tried being reasonable, I didn't like it!"

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                            • #15
                              Welcome! Thanks for sharing your unique build with us. I have seen a naked ZX-14 before, also in Arizona, but never a ZZR1200. Must be the Arizona heat creating a need to strip down, . Are you in the Prescott area? Let's ride!
                              My ol' ZZR1200 pics:
                              http://zzrbikes.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=156883

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