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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2020 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Interested to hear more about the ex-TKA M1.... Who was the rider? I have a road M1 but love the goodies that the factory race bikes had on them. The carbon body work on my ZXR race bike is ex-TKA (or so I was told, who knows)


It's always hard to say with works bikes. I've been been told by Kawasaki... I had a factory ride with them in 2013, (see avatar LSR and the record still stands... 208.153 mph) that there was a hand me down process-culture that took place as the bikes became redundant?

I've been researching it, but no records have been kept, and it is all really just conjecture.

It's got WP front and rear, suspenders, marchesini wheels, Hallam brothers signed engine, no serial number on the frame, high spec brakes rotors, ally thank, and it came with all the bits to build a brand new 955 kitted engine, plus a bunch of rare spares. I've ridden it a broadford, and they are porkers, though It steers sweeter than anything I have ridden, and puts down about 135 rwhp.

Ally tank, FCR's carbon airbox. It's just a purdy thing, that's on the long list of jobs that need to be done.

Here's a photo:



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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2020 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

who wrote:
brian wrote:
Interested to hear more about the ex-TKA M1.... Who was the rider? I have a road M1 but love the goodies that the factory race bikes had on them. The carbon body work on my ZXR race bike is ex-TKA (or so I was told, who knows)



It's got WP front and rear, suspenders, marchesini wheels, Hallam brothers signed engine, no serial number on the frame, high spec brakes rotors, ally thank, and it came with all the bits to build a brand new 955 kitted engine, plus a bunch of rare spares.


Yep I know the bike now... I remember chatting with you about it on the Kawasaki forum a few years ago when you got it Wink. Small world
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2020 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That would be Jason, my good mate that ran away to Timor, and left me with a pile of early VFR crap to sell as punishment!

We are no better enlightened, but it really doesn't matter... It's just porn... Laughing Very Happy

What are you doing up at 4am in the morning? Rather irresponsible don't you think? lol...
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2020 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That would be Jason, my good mate that ran away to Timor, and left me with a pile of early VFR crap to sell as punishment!

We are no better enlightened, but it really doesn't matter... It's just porn... Laughing Very Happy


Ahh yeah, that sounds right, Jason. From memory, the frame is fully braced around the steering head etc
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2020 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What are you doing up at 4am in the morning? Rather irresponsible don't you think? lol...



I'm on night shift... so, getting paid to be irresponsible Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2020 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, braced everywhere, and I have some doubts the zx9r motor will squeeze into it, because of that.

Being P7, it competes against gsxr1000's etc, so 155 rwhp would help it, but who knows?

I'm leaning towards just keeping it as it is, building the 9 engine and selling it?

Dunno the world is filled with possibilities! Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2020 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Yes, braced everywhere, and I have some doubts the zx9r motor will squeeze into it, because of that.

Being P7, it competes against gsxr1000's etc, so 155 rwhp would help it, but who knows?

I'm leaning towards just keeping it as it is, building the 9 engine and selling it?

Dunno the world is filled with possibilities! Rolling Eyes


Yeah the 9 engine is a little taller, so it might be a struggle with the bracing.

I remember Jason saying that he didn't have enough room to get the valve cover off due to the bracing.
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2020 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We-I just dropped the engine when we went over it. Not as much work as you would think.

Did valve clearances to kit specs.

When I revisit it, I will look up my notes and proceed... Rolling Eyes

Cheers Brian.
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2020 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing wrong with a ' worked in ' shed !!!!

You know what they say ???? A tidy shed is owned by a man THAT needs more projects !! Shocked Laughing

I do have one question though ?? What is the female torso manikin used for ?? Maybe that is one ride that should have been under cover ???? Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2020 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Nothing wrong with a ' worked in ' shed !!!!

You know what they say ???? A tidy shed is owned by a man THAT needs more projects !! Shocked Laughing

I do have one question though ?? What is the female torso manikin used for ?? Maybe that is one ride that should have been under cover ???? Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing


G'day Vort, yes it is worked in, and lived in, it's been home for the last 20 or so years. It's a little rough, but so am I...so it works well.

I go to MA meetings often... Hi My name is who, and it's been two hours since I bought a motorcycle part.

It's interesting that they call them mannequin's! That is there because I love it's form, one day I'll paint it in that heat sensitive paint that changes from black to red. I was going to fit a stubby holder to the top, but decided that would be taking it too far.

It's actually a reminder, that 95 % of the time, you will end up looking like the knife set that is sitting beside it. The knife set was actually left as a message to one of my friends, who was going thru an acrimonious divorce. He didn't want it so I kept it as a reminder.... Shocked

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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2020 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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vort28 wrote:
Nothing wrong with a ' worked in ' shed !!!!

You know what they say ???? A tidy shed is owned by a man THAT needs more projects !! Shocked Laughing

I do have one question though ?? What is the female torso manikin used for ?? Maybe that is one ride that should have been under cover ???? Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing


G'day Vort, yes it is worked in, and lived in, it's been home for the last 20 or so years. It's a little rough, but so am I...so it works well.

I go to MA meetings often... Hi My name is who, and it's been two hours since I bought a motorcycle part.

It's interesting that they call them mannequin's! That is there because I love it's form, one day I'll paint it in that heat sensitive paint that changes from black to red. I was going to fit a stubby holder to the top, but decided that would be taking it too far.

It's actually a reminder, that 95 % of the time, you will end up looking like the knife set that is sitting beside it. The knife set was actually left as a message to one of my friends, who was going thru an acrimonious divorce. He didn't want it so I kept it as a reminder.... Shocked



I often get threatened with having to live in my garage but tbh think it would be a far better place !!

Heat sensitive paint sounds good.

I have a bit of a story about that from my younger years.

Do you remember those t-shirts you got in the 90's that changed colour with body heat ????

Well I took a young female friend on a pillion ride on my 888 Duc , she had never been on a bike before. She only had a colour changing t-shirt and a pair of jeans on , so a friend lent her a leather jacket and we did a quick 10 mile ride . On returning she said how much she enjoyed the experience , removed the jacket to urm , should we say, expose a purple t-shirt with a few colour changed area's in the chest region !!!!!!Shocked

I will leave all the ride jokes to your imagination !!! But what fun we had !!
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Well I took a young female friend on a pillion ride on my 888 Duc , she had never been on a bike before. She only had a colour changing t-shirt and a pair of jeans on , so a friend lent her a leather jacket and we did a quick 10 mile ride . On returning she said how much she enjoyed the experience , removed the jacket to urm , should we say, expose a purple t-shirt with a few colour changed area's in the chest region !!!!!!Shocked But what fun we had !!
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I've got to admit yes I remember those shirts. After a spirited ride, race or road. I still feel elevated, and for me there is nothing sweeter than Adrenalin. I hope it is 30 years from now. but I hope I pass way on the back straight at Broadford doing flat out. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2020 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who: from the look of the material covering a lot of your bikes did you have a liking for jumping out of perfectly good aeroplanes at some time. Did you get your RS250 from your Timorese escapee mate. Small world but I think we both worked for INCITEC Pivot before he left. Was jealous when he got the RS250 but I struggle to get the best out of my RS125.
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2020 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Arnie, yes I was professional skydiver, and rigger for over a decade. I was into 4-way relative work competition, and coaching. At the same time, I set up and operated the sales and service company, the Free Fall Factory here in Melbourne.

When the National Safety Council down in Sale, vic, went controversially belly up, I bought a lot of their equipment and stock at auction. Some of the serviceable canopies came from there.

They make awesome bike covers! the nylon is hydroscopic, and absorbs any moisture on what is under them.

I ended up doing about 2900 skydives, with a couple of Australian championships in there. I have about 2500 reserve repacks as well! Rolling Eyes

They were good times... Very Happy what is your background?

I've got parts for a couple of RS250 track bikes, one will be aprilia powered, the other is going to have a banshee 495cc 2 stroke bolted in it. Reckon 110 rwhp powering something as sweet as an RS should be fun.
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2020 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

who wrote:
Hi Arnie, yes I was professional skydiver, and rigger for over a decade. I was into 4-way relative work competition, and coaching. At the same time, I set up and operated the sales and service company, the Free Fall Factory here in Melbourne.

When the National Safety Council down in Sale, vic, went controversially belly up, I bought a lot of their equipment and stock at auction. Some of the serviceable canopies came from there.

They make awesome bike covers! the nylon is hydroscopic, and absorbs any moisture on what is under them.

I ended up doing about 2900 skydives, with a couple of Australian championships in there. I have about 2500 reserve repacks as well! Rolling Eyes

They were good times... Very Happy what is your background?


WOW I just did a couple of jumps at Labertouche about 40 years ago when I was teaching down in the Latrobe valley. Biggest adrenaline rush ever but not committed enough to have gone back. I got involved in cave diving instead when I moved to Portland and was an instructor for about 10 years but haven't done much diving for a long time. A mate of mine who owns the dive shop bought diving equipment at the National Safety Council auction. I live on a hobby farm about 20 km out of Portland. Incitec Pivot made me redundant as a Process Engineer after 37 years when they closed their fertilizer manufacturing at Portland last year. I had been thinking about retiring so the timing was right for me but not so for a lot of others and the town. I talked to Jason as part of shipping imports. I invested some of my redundancy in a MV F4 312R & my YB6EI when they came up having drooled over MVs and Bimotas many years ago. I've had my Egli for nearly 40 years and my GSXR for about 20 years both being rebuilt the GSXR after hitting a roo a few years ago which resulted in a chopper flight to the Alfred hospital to have my ribs plated. I occasionally use my RS125 for the odd track day at Mac Park and I also have a Suzuki T500 to fix up as another track bike.
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