Complete opening of Zilver4FourT’s powerplant

Today, the crew and I reached the most important and exciting part of the trip to “how to install a kickstart at a non kickstart model” – we took the baby out of the frame and opened it. There was still plenty of blackish oil despite the crankshaftcase was drained before.

Fascinating to look deep into the heart of what powers you to where you want while riding your motorcycle: all that fragile machinery, a clockwork with many dependencies, precise dimensions – and still simple though.

Enjoy the pictures – I let them talk instead of using many words.

This blog should have appeared much earlier – and will be belatedly published today.

Hang on for a sec. I’ll be back.

Advertisements

Wrenching a Kawasaki Z 440 ltd beltdrive 

Customizing my retro motorcycle. Read more about the story, how I will change my Kawasaki Z 440 ltd into an authentic kickstart motorcycle.

Thoughts

I ride motorcycles a longer time than I’m allowed to. I rode trips that my friends tried to prevent me from. Even worse: i started wrenching engines and all motorcycle stuff from 50 ccm to 750.

I am strongly linked to design and materiality as well.

Two years ago I bought my Kawasaki Z 440 ltd beltdrive for small money. Rode it as it was, it worked, performed better with each mile, we rode and lately, my Zilver4FourT and I went down south to my place of birth, back and forth a trip of 720 k each way. No problem. Two travelling days.

Now, it’s cold outside including slippery lanes and foggy visors. Time for a major wrenchtime. My brothers garage including a wrench lift and some basic tools will be helpful, also brotherhood feelings in dark wrenching hours such as a overwinding a thread or you name it.

The plan

What is the most authentic way of starting a motorcycle’s engine? I am referring to the YouTube motion pictures “Who the fuck is El Solitario”: ” […] if you want this thing to make you smile, understand it and kick it.”

I want to get my motorcycle to life kicking it gently, understanding at the same time, what would be the best in terms of fuel-air mixture, temperature, ignition and of “how hard was the night for my bike”.

My Zilver4FourT hasn’t got a kicker. But I swear it will by my birthday. Then, we are going to celebrate a double birthday.

Hang on for a sec. I’ll be back.

Hamburg, Germany

CeeTee