Kawasaki motorcycles

  • Custom Kawasaki Z1000J

    Custom Kawasaki Z1000J

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    The scale of the Japanese custom scene is absolutely staggering, as anyone who has pored over magazines such as Moto Navi and Cycle Headz will know. And within that scene are different philosophies of bike building. In one corner we have builders such as Shinya… Read more »

  • LSL Kawasaki W800

    LSL Kawasaki W800

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Some workshops customize motorcycles so well, it’s hard to tell whether or not they are ‘factory’ customs. Most of these outfits are in Japan, but one of the top European builders in this style is LSL-Motorradtechnik. LSL usually focuses on the ‘modern classic’ Triumphs. But… Read more »

  • Ton Up Garage W650

    Ton Up Garage W650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s not a good time to be a bike builder in Portugal at the moment: The country is finding it much harder than most to recover from the depression. So it’s reassuring to see a quality custom build coming from the westernmost country of Europe.… Read more »

  • Bull Dock Kawasaki Z1

    Bull Dock Kawasaki Z1

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Back in 1974, the Kawasaki Z1 was the most exotic thing on two wheels. And nearly four decades later, it’s lost none of its lustre. This high-performance custom is a collaboration between the Japanese workshop Bull Dock and the British suspension manufacturer Nitron—hence the paintjob… Read more »

  • Icon Thunder Chunky ZX7

    Icon Thunder Chunky ZX7

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Every industry has an outlier, and in the world of motorcycle apparel it’s Icon. The company is unconventional and unpredictable, and I’m sure that part of its success is down to the unusual customs built by creative director Kurt Walter and his crew. The Slabtown,… Read more »

  • Kawasaki 250TR by Heiwa

    Kawasaki 250TR by Heiwa

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    In the Western world, we don’t get access to many of the more interesting bikes produced by the Japanese “Big Four”. A lot of the niche models are sold only in Eastern markets. A couple of years ago, we lamented this situation in a profile… Read more »

  • Motor Rock W650 custom

    Motor Rock W650 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    It’s possible to categorize most of the top Japanese custom motorcycle builders. In one corner there’s the Brat Style coterie, which includes Gravel Crew, Heiwa, and Big Moon. In the other corner are the resto-mod specialists such as AC Sanctuary and Ritmo Sereno. And then… Read more »

  • Wrenchmonkees Kawasaki Z750

    Wrenchmonkees Kawasaki Z750

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    EXCLUSIVE Like all the top custom builders, the Wrenchmonkees have a clear and consistent vision. And this, bike #45 from the Copenhagen workshop, could be their best yet. It’s a little less grungy than some of their earlier work, with glossy paint on the tank.… Read more »

  • Kawasaki KZ1000 by AC Sanctuary

    Kawasaki KZ1000 by AC Sanctuary

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Late 70s Japanese superbikes have character by the bucketload—unlike the plasticized contemporary offerings. There’s ample performance too: a stock Kawasaki KZ1000 puts out around 90 hp, and can run the quarter mile in just over 12 seconds. Unfortunately, the dynamics of such bikes have fallen… Read more »

  • Deus Kawasaki W650

    Deus Kawasaki W650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Here’s the latest machine from the Australian headquarters of Deus. Called “Gicleur”, it’s one of the most stylish Kawasaki W650 customs we’ve ever seen. Gicleur is French for “jet”, and it’s a critical part of an espresso machine: the nozzle that governs the water that… Read more »

  • Santiago Chopper Kawasaki H2

    Santiago Chopper Kawasaki H2

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Alain Bernard is a colorful character. Based in Florida, he runs Santiago Chopper and created the Norley Cafe Racer. Here’s his latest bike, and it’s got to be his most extreme yet—in terms of engineering, as well as the fluoro color scheme. This machine has… Read more »

  • Kawasaki W800 by LSL

    Kawasaki W800 by LSL

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This Kawasaki W800 custom is the most “British” looking build I’ve seen for a while. So it’s ironic that it was built by a German company. It’s called the “Lindy Bob” and it comes from LSL Motorradtechnik of Krefeld. In stock form, the W800 is… Read more »

  • Kawasaki KZ1000 custom

    Kawasaki KZ1000 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Early Japanese superbikes seem to get more appealing as the years go by. The Honda CB750 is still going strong, and so is Kawasaki’s KZ series. This classy, understated KZ1000 is the work of London’s Untitled Motorcycles, and it’s owned by Anthony van Someren of… Read more »

  • Racefit Kawasaki Z1

    Racefit Kawasaki Z1

  • Gary Inman Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The British firm Racefit creates beautiful titanium and carbon end cans, and full titanium exhaust systems for discerning sportsbike riders who still believe loud pipes save lives. The company is based in Derbyshire—home to some of the best and most heavily policed riding country England… Read more »

  • Jérôme Pierre’s Kawasaki W650

    Jérôme Pierre’s Kawasaki W650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The bread and butter of Bike EXIF is anything but bread and butter motorcycles. It’s the cutting edge of custom and classic machinery. But for most of us, budgets are limited. Workshop space is invariably limited too, and motorcycles are often a pleasure to be… Read more »

  • Kawasaki KZ400 by Analog

    Kawasaki KZ400 by Analog

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Tony Prust of Illinois-based Analog Motorcycles builds classy customs based on 1970s-vintage Japanese motorcycles: his Yamaha RD350 is one of the most popular machines we’ve featured this year. So here’s his latest build, commissioned by the owner of a design company based on Amelia Island,… Read more »

  • Kawasaki W650 by Deus

    Kawasaki W650 by Deus

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The French MotoGP rider Randy de Puniet has been spending a fair bit of time in Australia lately. So when he needed a bike to get around Sydney, he gave Deus a call. “Randy’s design brief was for a middleweight, 2-up twin,” says Deus creative… Read more »

  • Kawasaki Zephyr 750 by Sanctuary

    Kawasaki Zephyr 750 by Sanctuary

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Some 15 years ago, Kawasaki’s Zephyr range kickstarted the trend for retro naked motorcycles in Europe. The styling was loosely based on the original Z1, and although the Zephyrs were criticized for lacking the fearsome character of the Z1, they sold well. This Zephyr 750,… Read more »

  • Wrenchmonkees Kawasaki Z1000

    Wrenchmonkees Kawasaki Z1000

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s hard to believe that the Wrenchmonkees have been operating for three years now. But in that short time, they’ve become one of the most recognized names in the custom motorcycle world. The history of this 1977 Kawasaki Z1000A is entwined in the history of… Read more »

  • Kawasaki Z1 900

    Kawasaki Z1 900

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    If I had to lay a bet on the next big trend in custom motorcycles, I’d say we’re returning to the glory days of 1970s and 1980s superbikes. Interest in these iconic machines seems to be rising, and upgrade parts are readily available—albeit mostly in… Read more »

  • Blitz Kawasaki W650

    Blitz Kawasaki W650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’m posting this bike in the knowledge that it’s going to polarize opinion. Blitz’s first appearance on Bike EXIF was just under a year ago, with a blacked-out BMW R60/2 that attracted tens of thousands of hits. The R60/2 also enraged many commenters: ‘This is… Read more »

  • Kawasaki S1 by Twinline

    Kawasaki S1 by Twinline

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Kawasaki S1 is rarely found in the US. Which is a pity, because this air-cooled two-stroke triple is reportedly a fun ride. Sometimes known as the ‘Mach 1’, it lived up to its name—road testers managed to wring almost 100 mph out of it… Read more »

  • Sanctuary Kawasaki Zephyr 1100

    Sanctuary Kawasaki Zephyr 1100

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Motorcycle manufacturing is built around the concept of contrived obsolescence. Tweak the engine every few years, change the plastic that hides half the bike, create a new color scheme and then flick the brief into the advertising agency to sell the ‘new’ product. But as… Read more »

  • Blitz Kawasaki Z650

    Blitz Kawasaki Z650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Over the last six months, one of the fastest risers on the custom scene has been the French workshop Blitz. The buzz started right here on Bike EXIF with their extraordinary BMW R60/2, so we’re pleased to get exclusive pictures of Blitz’s latest build, a… Read more »

  • Icon Empire XDL Kawasaki

    Icon Empire XDL Kawasaki

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve often wondered what goes into the making of a stunt bike. So I got Ernie Vigil, rider with the Icon Empire team, to spill the beans. Vigil’s passion is XDL Sportbike Freestyle, which is the national stunt riding competition in the US. XDL stands… Read more »

  • Kawasaki W650 custom

    Kawasaki W650 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    You see quite a few Kawasaki W650 customs around these days. But when photographer Gregor Halenda sent me these shots of Dave Seidman’s bike, I knew we had something special. Dave is a writer by trade, and he has a way with words as well… Read more »

  • McDeeb W400 TT

    McDeeb W400 TT

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Fabrizio Di Bella runs Classic Farm Motorcycles, a custom workshop in a village in the mountains near the Italian city of Brescia. His obsession with classic British motorcycles gave him the Anglicized nickname of ‘McDeeb’, and that’s the brand he now markets his machines under.… Read more »