Making a Mercedes from a 1986 Kawasaki Concours


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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.

2/6/2014 1:30:05 AM

Mercedes is the most leading brand name in our automobile sector. It may be a car, bike, truck or any other heavy vehicle. All wants to have a well branded, good look, advanced feature vehicle. Having it not so much difficult but maintain it is the most difficult tax. Many vehicles damaged or breakdown due to lack of maintenance or proper service. So it the primary duty of all vehicle owner to take care proper car of their vehicles. We can't avoid repair and maintenance.

Charlie Moore
6/9/2013 11:32:23 AM

As the owner of an '02 Connie I can really appreciate this project. The Mercedes Silver fits the bike perfect. Is that a small Mercedes badge I see on the fairing? Good job.

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