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1983 Kuwahara Laserlite KZ-83

#1 2008-12-04 6:52am

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1983 Kuwahara Laserlite KZ-83

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1983 Kuwahara Laserlite KZ-83

Great "out of the box" racer

Bought the frame off ebay, and picked up the parts here in the for sale section, along with ebay. I always wanted a kuwi when I was a kid in the early 80's. I didn't try to make this build a complete with all correct parts. I got the correct parts when I could, and opted for others. Wanted to have a little freedom with it. laser bars and post were too much, so I opted to blend the early Kuwi style with the LL style. I probably used too much NOS stuff, since it will be my rider, but that's OK. It's sort of like getting that new one, only 25 years later. I wanted to do more blue, but only had luck finding some of the parts I wanted in black, so I went with a blue & black mix on the chrome frame. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, but not 100% sure what to think of the pads. I may change that later, we'll see. Here is the parts break down.

Frame - 1983 Kuwahara KZ-83 Laser Lite, w/ oval tubes. (repop decals)
Forks - Kuwahara Tange forks w/ oval tubes.
Bars - NOS Redline Microline v-bars (stickered & stamped, blue powder)
Stem - NOS Suntour 1100 power stem
Grips - Oury
Brake lever - NOS Dia Compe Tech 4
Rear brake - NOS Dia Compe 901 MX
Brake cable - NOS Dia Compe 
Headset - NOS Hatta MX II 
Headset lock - NOS Tange
Tires - NOS Fong Snake Belly style 20 x 2.125 
Rims - Araya 7x 36h 20x1.75
Hubs - NOS Shimano low flange
Spokes/Nipples - 14ga. SS / Silver alloy
Chain - NOS Izumi
Crank - 170mm Maxy Cross
Chain ring - NOS Aluminum Sugino 44 tooth
Freewheel - NOS Suntour 16 tooth
Seat post - NOS Renthal Lay Back
Seat clamp - Tioga 
Seat - NOS Elina Lightning Bolt
Pedals - New VP Beartrap 
Pads - NOS Cal lite Kuwahara black V bar, used blue Kuwahara frame pad

Total weight - 23.6 lbs.


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"Danger is my business" ~ Jeff Spicoli - Fast Times at Ridgemont High
~1978 Mongoose Motomag~1979 Mongoose motomag~1983 Kuwahara KZ-83 Laser Lite~1981 Mongoose II~

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#2 2008-12-05 5:41am

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara Laserlite KZ-83

Very nice build


RIDE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT

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#3 2008-12-06 11:48pm

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara Laserlite KZ-83

Thanks man. It's been a long time since I built one. I was just trying to match the picture in my head. smile I would have liked some blue snake belly's and may look for them some day. These fongs seemed to run a little large, so I don't know that I would go 2.125's again.


"Danger is my business" ~ Jeff Spicoli - Fast Times at Ridgemont High
~1978 Mongoose Motomag~1979 Mongoose motomag~1983 Kuwahara KZ-83 Laser Lite~1981 Mongoose II~

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#4 2009-12-25 4:54pm

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara Laserlite KZ-83

LOVE YOUR COLLECTION/TASTE OF BIKES MATE , BLOODY AWESOME
pure USA

cheers

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#5 2009-12-25 11:53pm

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara Laserlite KZ-83

Thanks Bro! They were a lot of fun to build/restore. These bikes sure bring back some good memories. smile


"Danger is my business" ~ Jeff Spicoli - Fast Times at Ridgemont High
~1978 Mongoose Motomag~1979 Mongoose motomag~1983 Kuwahara KZ-83 Laser Lite~1981 Mongoose II~

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#6 2013-01-13 7:04pm

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara Laserlite KZ-83

I LIKE HOW YOU DID THIS UP. cool

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#7 2013-01-14 5:45pm

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara Laserlite KZ-83

Thanks bro. I had to work with what I could fine, but it worked out I think. I should probably set aside some time to get better pics of the bikes.


"Danger is my business" ~ Jeff Spicoli - Fast Times at Ridgemont High
~1978 Mongoose Motomag~1979 Mongoose motomag~1983 Kuwahara KZ-83 Laser Lite~1981 Mongoose II~

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