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Offline Luvolbikes

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Retro reposition of brake cylinder
« on: September 07, 2019, 10:52:52 PM »
The front brake reservoir on the rs appears to be placed with a fairing in mind. If you have no fairing it sticks out like a sore thumb or other member. A simple way to move it into a closer position to the handlebar ( similar to the old Z1) is to remove the bracket that holds the reservoir out by removing the 2 bolts. Cut the bracket at about half with a saw . You will need to slightly rebend the bracket to fit. Drill a new hole near the lower cut end of the bracket the size of the bolt. You will need a small spacer and a longer bolt to replace the original. Pictures in gallery and to follow here. Next I want to get one of those reservoir covers I have seen in a post in this forum. The hose bends and has a pivot so no worry about hose crimp.    Enjoy your awesome kawasaki.
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Re: Retro reposition of brake cylinder
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2019, 11:49:25 PM »
« Last Edit: September 07, 2019, 11:55:28 PM by Luvolbikes »
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Re: Retro reposition of brake cylinder
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2019, 12:02:37 AM »
73 Z1

z900rs, 73 Z1, 73 H1, 79 Z1r, 79 CBX, 69 sandcast 750, Vincent rapide. Ariel square 4, 47 Chief, 65 panhead, 78 XLCR, 66 68 72 73 2015 Nortons, 76 Bonneville, Ducati 916, V Max, Honda Cl160, Harley Road King, Honda Ct 110`s.

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Re: Retro reposition of brake cylinder
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2019, 05:04:45 PM »
 :062: nice mod

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Re: Retro reposition of brake cylinder
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2019, 05:22:17 PM »
TBH, one of the reasons I liked the Cafe right off was because the master cylinder doesn't have that "hanging out there" look. :038:  Of course, it's no problem to replace it with an aftermarket unit or reposition it and I would do one or the other if I owned the standard model....which I may buy when we go back to TX.
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Offline Luvolbikes

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Re: Retro reposition of brake cylinder
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2019, 05:50:12 PM »
I ordered another stock reservoir for 25 dollars. and plan to see if I can decorate it to look more retro and less cheap plastic. Thanks for your reply. I just love my rs and think you will also.
z900rs, 73 Z1, 73 H1, 79 Z1r, 79 CBX, 69 sandcast 750, Vincent rapide. Ariel square 4, 47 Chief, 65 panhead, 78 XLCR, 66 68 72 73 2015 Nortons, 76 Bonneville, Ducati 916, V Max, Honda Cl160, Harley Road King, Honda Ct 110`s.

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Re: Retro reposition of brake cylinder
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2019, 04:11:06 AM »
Luvolbikes, that looks much better. Well done. Also like the look of your oldschool indicators . Enhances the retro look better than the stock dinky slim white ones in my opinion. Are they genuine Kawa or aftermarket?

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Re: Retro reposition of brake cylinder
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2019, 12:04:34 PM »
Well done Luvolbikes  :047: just 2 things, first, have you tried to use the hole at the base of the reservoir to screw it directly on the master cylinder where the bracket goes without using the bracket? and second if connector can be pivot, why not cut the hose and put it straight to the reservoir eliminating the bend? thank you

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Re: Retro reposition of brake cylinder
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2019, 02:19:31 PM »
Good ideas. The reservoir hits the handlebar before you can directly contact the mounting holes. Also the reservoir needs to sit level and the bracket allows for some level adjustment. On the 2nd point the hose connectors end up pointing if different directions and the original hose length worked out well without crimping the hose. I would prefer to have the hose disappear.
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Re: Retro reposition of brake cylinder
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2019, 02:30:36 PM »
@Ducati 900ss (a great bike )   The indicators are very inexpensive from China. I got them because I wanted a retro look without the big bulky old Z1 signals. These are very similar to the Z1 but much smaller. They also plug right into the Z900rs rubber base without modification and wire right up and work fine. There are some other pictures of the 1973 and the rs in the photo gallery. If you are interested in getting some they were on Ebay USA and just search motorcycle retro chrome turn signals. They were around 9 dollars each but I ordered 4 and they sent 10 . China seems to do that with inexpensive electric parts. Thanks for the comment   
z900rs, 73 Z1, 73 H1, 79 Z1r, 79 CBX, 69 sandcast 750, Vincent rapide. Ariel square 4, 47 Chief, 65 panhead, 78 XLCR, 66 68 72 73 2015 Nortons, 76 Bonneville, Ducati 916, V Max, Honda Cl160, Harley Road King, Honda Ct 110`s.