Kawasaki motorcycles

  • 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 »

  • Kawasaki Z1 racing motorcycle

    Kawasaki Z1 racing motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    In the superbike wars of the early 70s, Honda had the CB750 and Kawasaki had the Z1. The CB750 gets most of the glory these days, but we love this immaculate 1974 Kawasaki Z1 racing motorcycle. It belongs to a Californian guy called Dutch, and… Read more »

  • Kawasaki H1 Mach III 500

    Kawasaki H1 Mach III 500

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    I dropped into my local garage the other day to find a stunning Kawasaki H1 being serviced. The machine was wheeled outside and fired up, splitting the air with the most insane bark I’ve ever heard from a motorcycle. The 500 cc motor of the… Read more »

  • Matsumaru Kawasaki 250TR

    Matsumaru Kawasaki 250TR

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The SR400/SR500 is the platform of choice for the more leftfield Japanese custom shops, but Kawasaki’s 250TR isn’t far behind. This understated ride is the work of Matsumaru of Fukuoka. It’s running a 21-inch rim at the front and a 16-incher at the back, plus… Read more »

  • Kawasaki H1 Mach III

    Kawasaki H1 Mach III

  • Chris Hunter Classic MotorcyclesProduction Motorcycles ,

    “Responsible for changing the vernacular of motorcycling, the terms ‘wheelie’ and ‘tank slapping’ were invented by the exasperated pilots of the Mach III. With a top speed of 130mph, the combination of significant frame flex, negative rear wheel weight distribution and an extremely ‘abrupt’ power… Read more »

  • Gravel Crew Kawasaki 250TR

    Gravel Crew Kawasaki 250TR

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    In stock form, Kawasaki’s air-cooled 250TR thumper is a pretty cool motorbike, a knobbly-tired ‘urban freestyle’ model with vintage trail bike looks. Top Japanese shop Gravel Crew has just turned a 250TR into a minimalist cafe racer, losing the off-road influence and adding a dash… Read more »