Hybrid? oh yeah. 
Tuesday, October 17, 2006, 08:42 PM
I was catching up with a friend in Colorado, and he offered up a 50cc snowblower motor when I was pondering making the bike a hybrid.

So the bike will actually have a hybrid drivetrain. It might not end up ideal - I think 100cc would be better, but 50cc to play with will give me the chance to do something really different.
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The damage 
Tuesday, October 17, 2006, 11:31 AM
I made it over to check out the bike after work yesterday. It's indeed a Kawasaki. The motor is in good looking shape (ironically) but the fenders and tank are pretty toasted. The PO (Previous Owner) took them off to have them painted and promptly stored them in a wet basement for several years. They're coated in rust. It may work out better for me - since the tank has been dry for so long, I can probably cut it up safely and mount electronics in it. Normally I wouldn't work on a tank that had held fuel like that. The only major problem otherwise is the left handle bar control. It's in pieces, and looks like it's missing parts. I'll have to replace it.
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Wanted: dead/rolling motorcycle 
Tuesday, October 17, 2006, 11:25 AM
I sent out my freecycle request. Last time I didn't get anything - well, I did get an offer to sell me a bike in pieces. sigh.

This time was different. I got an email from someone with a bike! A non-running, but mostly complete bike. It's a 1978 Kawasaki KZ 650. Not a bad ride actually. I headed over to take a look at it later in the afternoon.

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Glimmer in the eye 
Tuesday, October 17, 2006, 11:22 AM
I've been writing Hackaday for a while now, and recently I put up this electric motorcycle conversion. I'd considered the project before, but it never got off the ground. With my interest back up, I started doing some research and put out another round of freecycle requests for a motorcycle.

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