Tag: Kawasaki motorcycles

  • 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 »

  • Kawasaki W650 custom

    Kawasaki W650 custom

  • 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 »

  • Cafe Kawasaki H1

    Cafe Kawasaki H1

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Friend of the site David Edwards sends us these images of his Kawasaki H1 cafe racer, just dripping with 1970s swagger. He says he purchased the bike, a retired proddie-class roadracer, with the intent of going vintage racing. Painted up in Team Cycle World colors,… Read more »

  • Wrenchmonkees Kawasaki Z750

    Wrenchmonkees Kawasaki Z750

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    ONLINE EXCLUSIVE Ever heard of a Kawasaki Z970? Neither had we. But that’s the moniker the Wrenchmonkees have given their latest custom, a stunning Z750B that’s been bored out to almost a liter. It’s the pet project of company founder Per Nielsen, who wanted to… Read more »

  • Kawasaki Z1 by AC Sanctuary

    Kawasaki Z1 by AC Sanctuary

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Japan probably has the most diverse custom motorcycle culture in the world. They like monkey bikes and mopeds and 110-cubic-inch Harleys and everything in between. And nothing is immune from the touch of the angle grinder, or the hiss of the metalflake spray gun. But… Read more »

  • Kawasaki KZ400 custom

    Kawasaki KZ400 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Alex Patrocinio edits the Barcelona-based custom culture magazine El Diablo, and this is his bike. It was a 35-year-old UJM with a seized engine when Alex found it, but his friends at the custom shop Mad Crow Garage have turned it into a very smart… Read more »

  • Lamborghini Design

    Lamborghini Design

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,,

    In the 1980s, the troubled supercar maker Lamborghini was taken over by the French Mimran brothers. Patrick Mimran discovered he could sell engines to powerboat makers, so he decided to try his luck further—and put Kawasaki engines into Lamborghini-branded motorbikes. The result was the Lamborghini… Read more »

  • LSL Clubman Kawasaki W800

    LSL Clubman Kawasaki W800

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Just two hours after Kawasaki took the wraps off its new W 800 at INTERMOT, German tuner LSL-Motorradtechnik revealed the bike that Kawasaki should have built in the first place. LSL boss Jochen Schmitz-Linkweiler used to be a Kawasaki dealer, so he managed to get… Read more »

  • Hayes M1030 military motorcycle

    Hayes M1030 military motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Then they set out along the blacktop in the gunmetal light, shuffling through the ash, each the other’s world entire.—Cormac McCarthy, The Road. When the apocalypse comes, this is the bike I will be riding. Because it’s probably the toughest bike in the world. It’s… Read more »

  • Kawasaki Z1000 cafe racer

    Kawasaki Z1000 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In the 70s and 80s, Georges Martin was one of Europe’s most prolific frame and component manufacturers. Based in Les Sables-d’Olonne, a picturesque seaside town in western France, he built almost 6,000 frames for custom and racing motorcycles. He’s still an iconic figure on the… Read more »

  • Kawasaki 250TR

    Kawasaki 250TR

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    The vintage dirtbike influence is growing in the custom scene. Street trackers (like those from Mule Motorcycles) are getting more attention, along with iconic machines from luminaries such as Ron Wood. The vintage motocross scene is booming. And even regular café racers are sporting dirt-track… Read more »

  • Wrenchmonkees #17

    Wrenchmonkees #17

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    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… Read more »

  • Godier Genoud replica

    Godier Genoud replica

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of the most successful privateer racing teams in the 1970s was the French outfit Godier Genoud. Even if the retina-searing graphics of their racebikes didn’t grab your attention, you’d notice their riders on the podium. Team principals George Godier and Alain Genoud were prolific… Read more »

  • Sanctuary Kawasaki Z2

    Sanctuary Kawasaki Z2

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    The legendary Kawasaki Z1 had a little brother, the Z2. (A better behaved little brother, no doubt.) You’d be hard pressed to tell these Zeds apart: pretty much everything was the same on both bikes, apart from the internals of that glorious DOHC engine. Kawasaki… Read more »

  • Vetter Kawasaki KZ1000

    Vetter Kawasaki KZ1000

  • Richard Fowler Racing Motorcycles ,,

    In 1976, the Englishman Reg Pridmore won the AMA Superbike Championship on a BMW R90S. The following year, he became the first man to win an AMA race on a Japanese bike: at Pocono in Pennsylvania. Pridmore scored this landmark victory on a Racecrafters Kawasaki,… Read more »

  • Kawasaki H1

    Kawasaki H1

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Forty years ago, sport bikes didn’t have ABS or traction control or electronically controlled suspension. They had too much power, and that power was often delivered with a thumping two-stroke jolt. Kawasaki’s iconic H1 Mach III 500 is the classic example, and even by the… Read more »

  • Kawasaki W650 custom

    Kawasaki W650 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When I first saw this sensational street tracker-styled Kawasaki W650, I thought it was from a Tokyo custom shop. But I was 3,000 km off the mark: this is a Taiwanese bike. It’s 2002 model customized by Qing Chen, editor of the slick Taipei-based magazine… Read more »

  • Bull Dock Kawasaki Z1000J

    Bull Dock Kawasaki Z1000J

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Kawasaki’s original 1972 Z1 was raw and uncompromising. And in the wrong hands, potentially lethal. When the subsequent Z1000J came out, the rough edges had been smoothed over—the styling was softer and the suspension was better sorted, even though the new model was lighter and… Read more »

  • AC Sanctuary motorcycles

    AC Sanctuary motorcycles

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    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… Read more »

  • Kawasaki GPz 550

    Kawasaki GPz 550

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    At the start of the 1980s, Kawasaki turned the middleweight sportsbike market on its head with the GPz550. It was fast for the day—doing the quarter mile in less than 13 seconds—and had immensely chuckable handling. It paved the way for Honda’s all-conquering 600 bikes,… Read more »

  • Kawasaki Z900

    Kawasaki Z900

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Most people will say the Honda CB750 was the first true superbike. But a few will point to the Kawasaki Z1 Series 900 of 1972. The four-cylinder, DOHC ‘Zed’ could hit 120 mph, and if you’ve got one in your garage today, it’ll be worth… Read more »