1983 Kawasaki 305 LTD
Nothing went wrong.
This was pretty much a horrible motorcycle (305 LTD). I bought it for my wife to learn on. It was slower than the average moped, dangerously slow. It never broke down or anything, but holy cow, slow. She learned to ride and we got rid of it, period. On a hill it could only run about 45 mph.
What difference does it make how it handled or how comfortable the seat was. It was so slow it would get you killed.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st January, 2012
I came across an 87 305 LTD my friend was selling for 500 bucks. It was in immaculate condition cosmetic wise; new tires, perfect paint, all lights work, zero dings or scrapes, etc. But she said it wouldn't start. She said it ran perfect when parked over a year ago (can you see where this is going?).
Gave her the cash and loaded it up, jokingly told her I'd have it running by tonight. I got it home, and pulled the plugs and cranked it to make sure both sides were getting spark; they were. Next let's check the fuel, I remember her saying she put some Stabil in it. Took the tank off and dumped the fuel into an old Honda 3 wheeler (that thing will run on muddy water). The fuel looked awful, had a yellow/green color to it (no doubt due to the Stabil in it). The problem with people adding a fuel stabilizer, is they usually do it with the engine off and leave it, therefore it never gets into the remaining fuel in the carb bowl. So I open up the carb drain valves, and only one carb would drain. I pull em off, open em up, and sure enough, that good ol' ethanol gas has turned to gooey corn meal. Jets were completely clogged. Gave it a good bath in some carb cleaner and took a guitar string to the jets, put 'er all together, and she fired up instantly! Great sounding little twin.
I threw on a helmet and took off down the road. It definitely needed a mile or so of half choke, but once warmed up, I was pretty impressed. I drive much larger bikes myself, but I had a blast on this little thing, I'm 6'1 210lbs and it cruised easily at 60mph, and still pulled well at 70. It would definitely be a little cramped for me as a daily commuter, but anyone under 5'10 would probably fit pretty well.
I'm surprised to hear all the negative comments on the net. Ended up cruising around back roads all day putting her to the test, and when I filled up, I got over 70 MPG, and I wasn't really behaving either. Oh, then I sent my friend a video of it running... she wasn't happy she let it go so cheap.
If your 305 was slower than the average moped, I would bet something was wrong with it. While these bikes are no speed demons, they did about a 15 second quarter mile; still quicker acceleration than many new cars on the road today. It can certainly keep up with traffic and even cruise at highway speeds. How do I know? I bought one new, got it over 90 once or twice. Certainly not a cruiser, but a nice around town commuter. At the prices you can get them now, they're a nice alternative to a moped.