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

  • http://subcaferacer.com Brendan Falkowski

    The white fork lowers and rear hub make the wheels even more special looking. Moving the brake light off center is interesting too in the absence of signals.

  • Rebind

    You would think for all the money you would spend having this bike built the least they could do is take the dent out of the tank.

  • http://www.peterlombardi.com Peter Lombardi

    these guys have got it down, companies like wrench monkey and deus always amaze me with the quality of bikes that they pump out.

    i do have to say though, i am with rebind, the lack of a dent would be nice ;)
    -peter

  • http://www.car137.com Glenn Edley

    This is very cool. I think I need a bigger garage.

  • http://opuscuriosus.blogspot.com rwotzak

    That is one of the most beautiful hunks of metal I’ve ever seen!

  • Oscar

    Awesome build!
    Rebind: Part of Wrenchmonkees’ style is the slightly dented, a bit rusty and banged up look

  • Brad

    I get it, but it is going to feel slow compared to that speed triple.

  • NoH2Oh

    These guys sure do get a lot of pub. Just do not see why. Nice bikes if you like that kind of style(?), but I just do not get it.

  • JimBob

    I like it but it looks more like a backyard job than Wrenchmonkeys.

    Good luck keeping those white wheels clean.

  • PeteP

    Exactly. If this had come out of the garage of the kid down the street, I’d say “Bravo!”. As a hipster company product, FAIL.

    Doesn’t anybody work on sjit anymore?

  • emmet

    so the owner put his $19,500 custom speed triple up for sale to buy that?? I like the overall look, but that dent is so detracting…

  • Ray

    I saw this post early today and rolled my eyes, knowing that everybody was going to rag on the dented tank, and yet hear I am talking about it. I definitely see the beauty in a nice aged patina, and I often find myself seeking out objects (tools, clothes, furniture) that have quality in the craftsmanship, but also a bit of visible age merely because of their aesthetic beauty. Though a reaction against so much of what is wrong with our time, this still may be step one in the decent towards inauthenticity. But this tank seems dangerously close to the next step, buying new jeans with rips in them and paying more for it. Something about companies marketing the products of a lifestyle for mere appearance to consumers is a bit sickening to me and frankly, it flies in the face of the purposeful, rugged and no frills aesthetic that wrenchmonkees and other similar bike shops have developed. Now I am not saying that somebody put that dent in the tank on purpose for looks, but Its also not the same as buying an older bike because you like the way it looks and feels, even still not the same as overpriced vintage stuff. I know you can’t take this all too serious, and I think the white wheels and forks are fun, flashy and serve the looks of the bike well. I think the tank for me, would make me feel like a big douche when I pull up next to some hardened biker and he asks me how I got that dent, and I have to tell him I bought it.

  • Pamberjack

    Ever seen a sweet old leather bag that looks cooler than it did new due to the wear and tear?

  • PB

    Pamberjack just explained what´s behind wrenchmonkees philosophy.

    my mechanic here in Berlin knows them personally and says they are really cool guys – and l love their style!
    l of course prefer to “do it myself” and be the (only) one who wear out my triumph (or “dents the tank”…).
    also l don´t wanna know how those tires woul grip on an alpine pass… but hey, what you don´t do to look cool!

  • Anton

    I bought an early 70s bike that has a dent in the tank. I’ll probably leave it there. I mean, who cares? I’ve got nothing to prove by it. Far out.

    This is a great site and I try to view it every day, but seriously, the comments on this site are starting to suck. “Deus is expensive those tires are no good, I could do that myself for cheap, why not buy a new bike, I don’t like the color . . . etc”
    How tiresome!

  • cleavon little

    Wrenchmonkees create great bikes.
    Hipster = anything showing any artistic creativity made by someone less than 35 years old.
    More tiresome criticism from commenters who likely create absolutely nothing.

  • Zoran

    “I think the tank for me, would make me feel like a big douche when I pull up next to some hardened biker and he asks me how I got that dent, and I have to tell him I bought it.”

    Now I ask myself, who the hell cares what a “hardened biker” thinks about your bike???

    That’s probably the big difference, Wrenchmonkee bikes don’t pretend to be something that they are not

    This latest one isn’t the best one that came out of their shop, but still beats any new bike by km’s. Just my 2 eurocents.

  • rebind

    Hey I totally understand the whole hipster deal, old is cool thing. I wear vintage clothes and love old tools and what not. As Ray mentioned above I am not saying that the dent was put there purposely but I hate to think it was a faux finish for the sake of looking cool. I am not trying to be negative, but I think the same raw look could have been obtained with a straight tank. I have an old CB that I am converting into a Cafe and it came with a huge dent in the tank from a ladder falling on it and I rode it like that for a year, but the first thing I did this last winter is strip the tank down and straighten it back out because it drove me nuts. With that being said I have every intention on keeping the “patina” that has accumulated on the frame and motor but I just couldn’t deal with a dented tank, so maybe I am the hypocrite. As for tiresome criticism, guess what, the world isn’t all Sunshine and pancakes and as much right as you have the right for liking something I have the same for disliking it as well.

  • Ray

    Just to clarify, I absolutely love wrenchmonkee’s bikes, they make me drool, and I am sorry I didn’t start my post with saying that. If I had real money, I would buy one. I think what they are doing is great. I also agree with what was said about all the mindless negative comments on this site, some people just can’t seem to look beyond their own preferences and see that someone is doing something original. My comments came from someone who DOES make things all the time and these same issues are on my mind a lot. Its not that I care about what some biker thinks, or that I can’t understand why having a bike with this finish and dents in it is cool, I totally get it, I really do, but its about being authentic. I am just saying that in terms of aesthetics and the function of these bikes, a line “may” have been crossed. I just find that very interesting. I’m not trying to hate on this bike or wrenchmonkees.

  • Tom Stewart

    Well here’s what I think: why anyone would choose to trade-in a sweetly-modified Speed Triple for this dog-eared, dog-slow old Kawa I do not know. Apart from the chunky brake and clutch levers it has no redeeming features at all. It seems some folk reckon that just about anything that’s different from stock is somehow ‘cool’. Heat wrap the fork stanchions? Fantastic idea! The wrenchmonkees (and some others of their ilk) must be laughing all the way to the bank.

  • revdub

    They should have matched the other side of the tank and at least smoothed it out a bit, make it look as though it was meant to be there. That said, I get the look of their bikes and love the aesthetic appeal and simplicity. Also, if I hear the word “hipster” thrown out again any time soon, I may just go and buy some tight pants in protest. Second thought, no I won’t.

  • Larry Kahn

    All that time and effort on the Kawi 750 twin?? My grandpa used to say “ya can’t polish a turd.”

  • Jefferson

    I dig the bars and tail light a lot. Also, running the bike sans battery is a neat idea. I love the purely mechanical nature of battery-less rigs, like a 100mph internal-combustion wind-up toy.

  • johnrdupree

    Wow, it seems a lot of people don’t understand this style of bike, one that is not afraid to be a machine. I guess they’d rather ride some clown bike with a 50 degree rake, skulls and wizards, chrome and billet. Whatever.

    And Tom Stewart, wrapping the for stanchions was a good idea. Otherwise they’d have two big chrome tubes where everything else is black paint or satin metals. The wrap (I think it’s grip tape, not heat wrap) is a cheap and effective solution, one that I’ll be stealing.

  • dan

    Amazing, I have become a huge fan of this company and their style over the past year or so. Not sure if anyone else even comes close. I love the white wheels and spokes as well, who cares if they get dirty, then you clean them…a great part of owning a bike is riding the hell out of it, then shining it back up again. Keep it up WM looking good…damn good.

  • Carson

    This is awesome. Reminds me of The Wild One for some reason.

  • Rajesh

    I want to hear this machine roar!! Great work Wrenchmonkees.

  • Adam jenkins

    it bugs me that the rubber bumper needs to be pushed up in the rear shock. other than that i love the bike

  • http://www.marcusabel.com Kusio59

    GENUINE. This is the word that describes what I seek. About myself, about others and in things (stuff). I smell that the tank’s dent is added. The number 32 is a silly add on. These things hurt this build and detract from an otherwise fine effort. I’m not always genuine and have to allow that in others. I like what the wrench monkeys are doing, hiccups and all…

  • Eric

    You know, it is always possible that the buyer had a tank or sourced a tank and wanted to keep it that way, could be sentimental, who knows?

    Yes the wrenchmonkees do that quite often, but I seriously doubt they are adding dents for “character”

    I think they are just finding used parts and making them work so much better than they probably were before.