1981 Kawasaki KZ 750 – The Spartan

“The Spartan”  made from a pristine, mechanically sound 1981 Kawasaki KZ 750, the previous one was sold on eBay.This IS THE LOVE CHILD (OUT OF WEDLOCK ) of a mechanical engineer and a knife maker (me). This is a carefully crafted custom motorcycle, not a backyard dead trap. The front end came from a sports bike and was machined to fit the KZ perfectly. It handles great and is a pleasure to ride either on asphalt or dirt.
The paint is copper with a green patina. The front fender is an army shovel that can be easily removed and attached to the handle (in the sidebar). It has 2 cameras, front, and back connected to a small monitor that records in 720 HD, upgraded brakes on both wheels. More than 40 pounds of weight was removed from the original frame, making it much more nimble, also the chain-wheel ratio was recalculated to suit the new geometry and torque. The chain has titanium links. It also has a phone charger and cigarette lighter under the seat. The tachometer is digital.
I made all the custom leather with top-quality tanned leather, hand-stitched and hot waxed to waterproof it. More than 40 hours of tooling and hand stitching were needed to complete all the leatherwork. The tool bag has the original tools plus a custom-made knife with 440c steel and teak wood reclaimed from an old schooner, it also has fire steel. There is really a lot of stuff to write about this bike, but I don’t do too well with the keyboard, This is a well-built, one-of-a-kind machine that will go on forever, with minimum maintenance. Lots of time and money were spent on this bike, now it’s time to build another. This is a bike to be used and enjoyed, not a prop. I have been riding it for the last three months, it took me on some epic trips on the Florida Everglades and countless back roads, it’s the kind of bike you were always looking for an excuse to ride.

Kawasaki 550 Scrambler

We come across this wounded beast in a South Florida backyard, love at first sight, this was the perfect donor bike for a scrambler project. We changed the front end for a modern reversed fork and upgraded brakes and suspension. The old nervous system was replaced by a new harness. When the new knobby tires were added, we realized that a titanium chain was needed to contain the torque of the creature. A beautiful kercker 4 into 1 added compression. The handmade leather took almost 40 man-hours to complete. The gas tank was sanded and left raw to show the scars of 40 plus intense years. I used this bike for a year and it was epic! We won a couple of awards in local shows for best built. Perfect size and weight for the Florida back roads! It was sold within a week of publishing it.
Time to make another one.

Kawasaki 550 Scrambler

We come across this wounded beast in a South Florida backyard, love at first sight, this was the perfect donor bike for a scrambler project. We changed the front end for a modern reversed fork and upgraded brakes and suspension. The old nervous system was replaced by a new harness. When the new knobby tires were added, we realized that a titanium chain was needed to contain the torque of the creature. A beautiful kercker 4 into 1 added compression. The handmade leather took almost 40 man-hours to complete. The gas tank was sanded and left raw to show the scars of 40 plus intense years. I used this bike for a year and it was epic! We won a couple of awards in local shows for best built. Perfect size and weight for the Florida back roads! It was sold within a week of publishing it.
Time to make another one.

Harley 1200 Tracker

This project was a challenge, the marriage between this American 1200 sporty with the Japanese parts was a turbulent affair. And that made it even more enjoyable. The front end was taken from a 06 Suzuki gsx and machined to perfection by our turner/ mechanical extraordinaire Richard. The coffin tank was hand-made too, so was all the extensive leatherwork. When everything was put together, the Queen of torque was born!