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Making a Mercedes from a 1986 Kawasaki Concours

Reader Contribution by Scott Horr

Scott Horr’s 1986 Kawasaki Concours that he painted Mercedes silver.

A neighbor of mine was storing a 1986 Kawasaki Concours for a friend of theirs. The bike had not been riden for years and had not been prepared for storage prior to being put up. I had inquired about the bike for years but the owner did not want to sell.

In 2005 I was informed that the owner had finally decide to sell and I could get the bike for $500. I wrote the check and then went over to look at the bike. The gas had rotted the tank completely through, the bike had been down on the right side and the tires were from 1986, when the owner had ridden the bike from Texas to Alaska. The rear tire still had “Moose Jaw” written on it from the dealer who had installed it for the guy during the run. There were no keys and the bike needed a lot of work. Once I got keys made I found the original bill of sale, registration and ALCAN highway pass under the seat.

I was able to purchase most of the parts I need off of the Internet. I spent many hours going through the carbs, brakes and cooling systems. Since most of the parts were different colors I decided to have the bike painted, and since I had some Mercedes badges I decided to have the bike painted Mercedes silver. As you can see there is no indication that it is a Kawasaki and you would not believe the number of people who think they have seen a Mercedes motorcycle! It gets plenty of looks and generates a good deal of discussion at the events I attend.

  • Published on Apr 12, 2012
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