1997 KX250 Restoration - UPDATED

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5/27/2014 7:57 PM

Here's the gopro footage from the weekend. Dont flame me too much, i know ive got a lot of things to work on........but had an absolute blast. It was awesome to be back on the startline again.



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5/27/2014 10:41 PM

Good times Madmatt! That track looked narrow as hell. How did you end up? It looks like you got around a lot of riders...mostly because they fell or made mistakes. Haha. And that '91 cr500 on the last lap was clean!

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5/27/2014 10:51 PM

Hey guys thanks again for the info on the swingarm color. I did a few samples/tests of what I found at my local stores and took pictures. I don't want to bore you all too much but the bottom picture is a done deal. As you can see, the "125" decal matched fairly well so I used that as my guide. I WILL be running the swingarm decal from the Splitfire graphics kit, so either way, I'm happy with the outcome of the color.

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5/28/2014 9:15 PM

Good job on the rebuild and getting back out on track! Bike looks great.

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5/29/2014 4:46 PM

You rode really well. I would never think you haven't been racing.
Watching helmet cam vids get me amped to ride
There were a good amount of riders on your gate
Were you riding sore the next day?

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5/30/2014 2:33 AM

Thanks fellas, it was awesome being back on the track. I've got a lot to improve though, probably the main one being my fitness so i can do the bike justice. Still, to come in 8th out of 20+ riders on my first race in a decade wasn't too bad. There were a few A-graders there i recognized from my youth that were there on 500's, so that was cool lining up with them as i was only ever a C-grader back in the day. I wasn't too sore Max, I wasn't pushing as hard as i could, but now that ive got my feet wet, I'll be trying harder next race.

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5/30/2014 5:58 AM

Looking good!

The swingarm decals I bought were a brand called ESP or something like that. The background silver had a blue tint to it, I guess from age.

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04 KX125
94 KX250SM
75 Z1-900

5/30/2014 10:48 AM

Kidkawie wrote:

Looking good!

The swingarm decals I bought were a brand called ESP or something like that. The background silver had a blue ...more

Jay, my "250" decals have a green (kinda blue perhaps) tint within the silver compared to the "125" decals I got. I think mine are the ESP brand also from Dirk Timmer.Photo

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5/30/2014 12:47 PM

Yeah, that's what mine look like. No sense in me trying to match that unless I want some disco blue/silver swingarm.

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04 KX125
94 KX250SM
75 Z1-900

5/30/2014 3:32 PM

I hear ya. It took me a minute to figure out why I couldn't match the paint to the sticker- hence all my questions about paint colors. I do plan on using the 250 decals on my 96 kx250 so I will probably just go with them anyway.

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5/31/2014 6:29 PM

MadMatt, where did you get your frame paint from? I got mine colour matched and used PPG Dulon Acrylic lacquer, came up PERFECT colour was spot on and looked great, 12 months later and the its all falling off !!!! One frame has been hanging on the wall and the splitfire replica has never been ridden, I did my sons mini at the same time, but top coated with a Holts areosol and it hasnt moved. Does any one in Aus know if you can get a good epoxy like the old PJ1 stuff or anything similar.
Thanks in advance

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6/2/2014 5:46 AM

Hey Rovalova,

I used Anchor paints, Kawasaki Green (K417) from here:

http://www.campbellswholesale.com.au/Anchor-Lacquer-Paint

I've ridden the bike half a dozen times and it seems good so far.
Cheers.

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6/2/2014 5:51 AM

Great to see it being used post-resto.

Would've been a shame to not enjoy if after all that work.

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6/2/2014 12:31 PM

Did anyone else but me know exactly how Matt felt in the video, seeing the other riders up ahead and the body just letting you know that you will not be going after them! I had a great time watching it, bike looked great and sounded like it ran pretty darn good. I think the look an Wabbit's face and the smile he had says it all.

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6/2/2014 8:16 PM

Was a great day racing with MadMatt. You have done a lot of work on the bike Matt and it's looking great. I have some work to do to stay ahead next time.

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6/3/2014 12:10 AM

very cool, i live in bendigo, havent actually checked out VMX race yet. looks like a fun day

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11/5/2014 3:26 AM

This thread rocks! Loved those Kawis!

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Cheers, Crush
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1/6/2015 6:54 PM

Crush wrote:

This thread rocks! Loved those Kawis!

LOL... Seriously. This thread is putting a smile on my face! The 97 KX250 was my first brand new 250 I ever owned! I sat on one for the first time at the 1996 Broome-Tioga/Binghampton national! I still have pics of the first time I sat on the 97 KX250! I still remember clear as day the afternoon I brought my brand new one home and how much it ripped! I also entered my first race on it! (got 4th my very first time at the track). I think it's great that people are bringing these old bikes back to life and running them! However, I loved my 1999 KX250 ALOT more than the 97 so if I where to get an old KX250 it would be the 99-02. I don't know if it was only a few bad bikes/certain VINs, but me and another local guy both had problems with the 97 hitting false neutrals all the time.... I also bent the shift forks a lot. Never had the problem on any other bike before! :p

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1/7/2015 5:47 AM

Hitting false neutral or even neutral is pretty common on KX250's. You can try polishing the star wheel. I've had 94, 98, 00 and 05 and they all did it.

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04 KX125
94 KX250SM
75 Z1-900

1/7/2015 6:22 PM

Yep spot on....... im having trouble with the shifting right now. Haven't had the chance to pull it apart and try the polishing trick yet. Hope it improves it because other than that, its a great bike and is very competitive against the new bikes since I firmed up the suspension.

Here's a sneak peak at the graphics kit i'll be running this year. It will have my own name and numbers though.

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1/7/2015 6:30 PM

Here's round 4 on the KX. Starting to get use to racing again, but my fitness is still a fair bit off.

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1/11/2015 4:44 PM

MadMatt579 wrote:

Yep spot on....... im having trouble with the shifting right now. Haven't had the chance to pull it apart and try the ...more

May I ask were you got the graphics and seat cover? I'm doing a 97 Team Kawasaki KX250 Rebuild myself. Just started yesterday.

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1/11/2015 11:10 PM

Seeing those graphics makes me want to bust out my old jacket!

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1/12/2015 2:31 AM

Hey nice jacket.

The graphics kits are through Evo-mx but the kits haven't been released yet. I'll be trialing the 1st kit soon and will post up some pics in a few weeks if you'd like to see the whole kit.

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1/12/2015 2:33 AM

evo-mx.com

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1/12/2015 2:36 AM

Please do mate - they look awesome.

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1/12/2015 6:11 AM

Kawasaki_1996 wrote:

Seeing those graphics makes me want to bust out my old jacket!

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Aaaah..lolol! I have the older version of that, I'll try to snap some pics tonight.

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04 KX125
94 KX250SM
75 Z1-900

1/12/2015 6:50 AM

MadMatt579 wrote:

Hey nice jacket.

The graphics kits are through Evo-mx but the kits haven't been released yet. I'll be trialing the 1st kit ...more

Outstanding.

Thank you.

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1/26/2015 7:01 AM

finally remembered my jacket pics, lol

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04 KX125
94 KX250SM
75 Z1-900

1/29/2015 9:34 AM

MadMatt579 wrote:

Thanks for the comments guys.

Smx94, I'll hang on the the pipe. I plan on using the FMF when/if i do the factory 97 look in ...more

Hello Matt! Do you think about selling 1997 KX? And what price?

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