Picked up a K0 and K1 today

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  1. Tripod

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    Drove a few hours for a couple of z50's. They are beat to death, but id like to know what parts I really need to keep and what parts I can throw away. I figure if you got a frame and an engine, then you got something to work with.

    The K0 looks as if it was originally blue and someone painted it red.

    The motor and frame on each of the bikes is relatively close, so I think they are original.

    Im leaning towards getting the K1 up and running and let the K0 sit. Im just going for a rider, nothing more than that.

    I'd like some input from other members on how I should proceed and what pitfalls to avoid.
     

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  3. Mike_

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    cool find and fun project. start with the motor, get it running, then it's just progression from there. What will it need to roll??? I'm sure someone else will have a total list of what to do
     
  4. hrc200x

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    I believe ko only came in red or yellow as a main color, if your seeing red over blue maybe its been repainted atleast twice?
     
  5. Tripod

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    Im having fun with it. However, cyber monday isnt helping.

    It does look like its got a few layers of paint on it. The vin is K0 right?
     
  6. Gary

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    Yes K0 you can also tell by the on/off switch mount. K0's just had a toggle K1's have a different bracket with a bigger hole for the key switch. Get yourself Jeremy Polson's Honda Mini Trail Enthusiast's Guide.
     
  7. andrewdell19

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    Sweet! Like said before once motor is in tip top shape the rest is usually asthetics or at least close to it. The wiring on these are really easy and the carbs are accessibly to take off and rebuild. Then its how far YOU want to go. Do you want to make riders? Do you want them painted? K0 are cool bikes but the least practical of the z50 because of no lights etc. So maybe restore the k0, get new paint etc, and then make a solid rider out of the k1. You can still get it painted if you want but if just a rider then maybe not have to spend big bucks on color correct paint.

    I restored my k2 z50. And i am about to drain the oil and gas and bring it into my den as a display piece. But then again i have a k0 waiting in the wings for some work (with all original title and paperwork) so THAT one would be a cool display piece especially if i were to frame the original title warranty card etc... unless you put a bigger engine in the z50 they just arent practical for full grown men... but do you mistake practicality for fun... fun they most certainly are. I just enjoy working on them. Just got a 78 z50 that will be my daughters first bike even if her mother rolls her eyes at me when i mention it... and she will help fix it up.

    The possibilities are endless here.
     
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  8. Tripod

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    I got the motor on the k1 broke loose today so that was a relief.
     

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