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Studio Motor’s ’88 Kawasaki GPZ600

Posted on November 27, 2012 by Andrew in Racer. 28 comments

Imagine, if you will, a machine that records your dreams. But not like a video recorder or a still photo. No, this machine can capture 3D information and then render it in such a way that an advanced milling machine can make real the things that only previously existed as a set of sleepy, random synapse firings inside your weird, little mind. You connect yourself to the aforementioned machine and decide to give it a bash. You nod off and soon you are in a strange world that’s half Japanese Manga and half tropical reef in which fish are the dominant species and have evolved so that they walk upright. The ruler of these fish is a giant Nemo-esque King clown fish called Kawasushi. To demonstrate his greatness he has the world’s greatest motorbike made in his likeness. And then you wake up, download the data into the milling machine and it carves this bike out of a solid block of aluminium. Meet Studio Motor’s latest dream machine, the spectacular Kawasaki GPZ600.

Here’s Studio Motor’s own Fish King, Donny Ariyanto. “Fajar Prayoga, my customer, came to my workshop and he said that he loved, loved and loved the look of the RSD Project Victory 200 bike. I thought to myself, ‘Hhhhmmmm – now this is a fuckin’ cool starting point!’”

“I laughed, ’cause it was a very different base bike to undertake a project like this on. But as a builder this an enormous challenge for me, and I loved it!”

“We made all the body ourselves (we used galvanize plate, because like I always say, “I hate fiberglass!”) and tried to made it like the customer wanted with our own added special touch. For finishing our partner, Komet Studio, used a base coat and varnish from Spies Hecker. We chose a Lamborghini Gallardo orange and a matt black for the body.”

“These are the specifications. Custom body by Studio Motor. Painting and airbrush by KOMET Studio. Front rim is a custom 17×3,5 inch with Michelin Pilot 120/60-17 rubber. Rear is a 17×6 inch with a Michelin Pilot 190/55-17. The swing arm is from a Kawasaki ZX1000. Front master & caliper are Nissin, as are the rear. The headlight projector lamp is an aftermarket job, and the exhaust system is by Flash Custom Muffler.”

  • Oldnbroken

    Bloody beautiful, I bet the Reef sharks and Moray eels grimace as they get a wiff of the burning rubber from that beast of an Amphiprion.


  • Sato

    copy RSD Victory.

    • blackbird

      Did you read the article?

    • The guy says flat out he was going for an RSD look. Is that a bad thing?

  • Sato
    • arnold

      Sorry Sato, don’t see the resemblance.

      • arnold

        Maybe……….. if there was a flag girl in cowboy boots nearby………………….

        • A flag girl in cowboy boots? Where…where?

          • arnold


            And it seems she gets up early in the morning too.

          • Cutting from the hot blonde in white shorts to the hipster in saggy ass pants…not the best edit.

      • Joan

        Just to implemented their customer wanted…see an article Brother

        • arnold

          Read the article, watched the video evidence. Silly rabbits.

          • I’ve tried watching RSD videos, but they keep interrupting all the girls with those darn motorcycle shots!

  • Brendan Sullivan

    It makes a little more sense after seeing the inspiration was the RSD Victory. But at first glance it looked like a cafe with modern fairing and they couldn’t decide if it was supposed to be a bobber or not. While the stance is very similar to the RSD, the frame’s lines just work better on that bike than this one.

    Certainly can appreciate the execution, especially making the fairings out of metal rather than fiberglass, but I can’t get past the styling =0P

    • Mister Oddjob

      I agree about the styling. I couldn’t see myself ever owing the RSD VIctory, but the lines on that bike look a lot better to my eye. This bike would look better with a lower tank and fairing so it looks less like a tugboat.

  • I really dig this bike, even if I didn’t know the back story. Any one who can beat out body panels out of sheet metal – galvanized, no less, has my respect. Seriously, I like the stance – a bobber/cafe/race bike? Well, that’s new and interesting and you won’t meet yourself at the local bike hangout. I really like the seat-side panel unit that took a lot of thought and hours to make. I should have spent my youth apprenticed to a metal worker. As it was, I spent half my time playing guitar and wasted the other half.

    • revdub

      Sounds like we spent our youth in much the same way.

    • I didn’t “waste” the other half. But I was “wasted”…

      • No shit! Can i have some of what you’re on Andrew and after that I’ll take whatever Donny is on!

  • arnold

    Not my cup of tea, Gorgeous metal beating.ald

  • Very cool. Best part is the paint. So often the paint on the fairing doesn’t really go with the tank and/or the fenders. Most modern bike paint jobs are just too busy. Creating a big circle where you plant your backside looks nifty.

  • dedleg

    Dying to know how it’d look without the fairing…

  • Now&Zen

    Wow ! This bike is so clean it almost hurts … but brother it hurts so good ! Not even a hint of ‘ Hipster ‘ anywhere to be seen . Every little detail as clean as can be yet not overdone to the point of being a ‘ Trailer Queen ‘ Yeah … this ones a winner !

  • phtumshk

    Hate to be picky but it Looks like the base bike was a GPX not a GPZ.

  • markmel

    do you have original concept ?

  • teddi rahman

    i think you are really inspired by roland sand design, right?

  • The guy who wrote that intro was clearly tripping.