Wrenchmonkees #17

Kawasaki Z750B custom by the Wrenchmonkees
Here’s an exclusive look at the latest bike from the top Scandinavian custom builder. It was built for Jesper Holm, who fell in love with the look of the Wrenchmonkees’ three Club Black bikes.

So Holm put his customized Triumph Speed Triple up for sale and commissioned the Monkees to build a copy of Club Black #2. In the end, Holm got a true original—a raw, bare-bones custom that is spiritually Club Black #4. According to the Monkees’ Andreas Mørk-Hansen, “The idea was to make the bike look as simple as possible, but at the same time functional and effective … we wanted to make a lean and clean bike, with as few components to maintain as possible. So in that sense it’s a very practical and cheap to ride bike.”

The base is a Kawasaki Z750B with a shortened rear frame and an aluminum seatpan to make the back as slim and light as possible. The motor and carburetors have been overhauled and K&N filters help with the breathing. On the electrical front, the bike has been rewired and fitted with new lights; the original battery has been discarded in favor of a Daytona condenser and a kickstart.

The handlebar is inspired by old board trackers—it’s a one-inch size for strength and a solid, drawn-back look. The front suspension has been lowered 5cm (two inches), the rear has been upgraded with Bitubo shocks, and fenders can be bolted on for rainy days. The result is a raw, monochrome custom completely devoid of frills—the perfect example of form following function.

Kawasaki Z750B custom by the Wrenchmonkees
Kawasaki Z750B custom by the Wrenchmonkees
Kawasaki Z750B custom by the Wrenchmonkees