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AC Sanctuary motorcycles

Kawasaki Z custom motorcycles by Sanctuary of Japan
Here’s a real find: a major Japanese custom motorcycle shop that’s somehow slipped under the radar of most westerners. It’s called AC Sanctuary and it’s a big outfit: the company has five stores in Honshū, the largest island, with a new one just opened in Yokohama and a head office in Tokyo. Sanctuary specialises in immaculate restorations of retro superbikes and often customizes the bikes to make them even more desirable. Kawasaki’s Z series forms the core of the business, but there are Katanas and Honda CBs too.

Sanctuary offers a ‘Real Complete Machine’ service: it’s a total rebuild covered by a 1,000 km warranty, with key components upgraded to modern specs. These machines come with two levels of engine rebuild: the ‘Life’ package, essentially a blueprinting and mild tuning service, and the more extreme ‘Power’ package. There’s even a ‘Factory’ section of the company dedicated to manufacturing: complete new wiring looms and electrical parts are created, and computer-controlled lathes can turn out custom parts in aircraft-grade 7075 aluminum. Sanctuary also builds stunning Kawasaki racebikes such as this Z-Racer 2 from scratch.

Hit the Bike EXIF Archives for more coverage of AC Sanctuary’s beautiful builds.

  • will

    Beautiful bikes, I like the retro touches, such as the round bubble signals, and the colored plug wires. The Japanese builders really know how to build a trick motorcycle. It doesn’t seem to matter what type or style they are going for, all of the custom jobs I have seen coming out of Japan have a wonderful sense of balance, and seem very complete, from a design standpoint.

  • Amazing workmanship and design – on this and the other bikes on their site. Exhausts are works of art on their own!

  • Sanactury been building old Kawasakis for many years i remeber i read about them in 1999 when i bought my first ROAD RIDER magazine… back then they just used GSXR wheels on Z1 and Z1Rs….

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    lovely work. really neat and clean.

  • cocky

    i would like some information on how to buy one of these bikes ie z1 r or z11r please thanks ally thompson