1982 Kawasaki 440 LTD

What was your intended objective when you started the build?

I wanted 2 things:
To make it a “show” sled, but also have it as functional as when it was new.

What motivated you to start your project?

I first saw the ’82 Kawasaki 440 LTD at the Fishermans Resort on Lake Gogebic in the U.P. of Michigan in 1982. I thought it was really cool looking. I owned a 1980 Kawasaki Intruder at the time. I probably would have stayed with Kawasaki if they hadn’t pulled the plug.
When I started restoring vintage sleds, it was on the top of my list.

What was the most unique and creative thing you did to the sled?

I bought a “doner” sled (1980 Invader) just to get the belly pan. The only problem was the LTD had twin pipes and the Invader had only a single pipe.
I had to patch the single exhaust hole in the belly pan and drill two new holes in just the right place for the twin pipes. Also, old Kawi. belly pans are made out of a hard plastic. Over time the black dulls and turns milky. It took several hours of buffing with different compounds to get the original shine back.

What are you most proud of?

I have found it is one thing to restore a vintage sled to look like new, but it is a whole other project to get it to run and handle like new. I accomplished both

What do other people say about your sled?

They say it looks better than new


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