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Kawasaki KZ 400 – Free Kustom Cycles

Posted on March 29, 2013 by Andrew in Brat. 16 comments

Although we’re about as religious as Karl Marx around this here blog, we thought that for Easter we’d like to show you bike from a country that would understand the irony of celebrating the religious holiday about resurrection with a rebirth of a slight different kind. Here’s the latest build from Barcelona’s Free Kustom Cycles, a bunch of guys who obviously know a trick or two about bringing things back to life. It’s it a miracle? Probably not, but by gosh it sure is pretty.

Here’s Marcos, head honcho at FKC. “The story began a few months ago when the bike’s owner, Joao, came to me to make him the bike he had always dreamed of riding. He was very clear as to what he wanted the bike to be; he told me that his bike must be a bike with a classical essence.”

“I started by tearing down the bike to strip all the pieces, re-assembling it roughly and then modify the parts necessary to give the appearance that Joao was looking for. The next step was to cut the rear subframe to do a new round rear hoop. The engine has received ​​a facelift (the internals were clean) and then we polished all the covers. I cleaned the carburetors and an air filters were installed with chrome highlights, then we rejetted to make sure the carburation was making full advantage of the engine.”

“All the electric parts, including the battery, are now under the seat in small box that we made; under it is the ignition key and the starter switch. This work was the most difficult, because I had to simplify all the electrical wiring to put it inside. The other parts that I changed were the original tires for a Firestone Deluxe 4.00x18s, the handlebars and a new front brake line by Goodridge.”

“Then we added a speedometer with all the indicator and warning lights on a support made by us too. The grips are Biltwell kung-fu grips. We also added the turn signals, a new/old headlight and a new taillight, the new footpegs, and I adapted a new aluminum rear fender, too.”

“As for the exhaust pipes, we adapted two megaton baffles with exhaust wrap and made some new brackets to hold one on each side of the bike. The paint job is classic and simple, just as Joao wanted, and was done by our bro Kilian Ramirez of Pic-Astudio – he did the pics, too.”

  • revdub

    Very clean and well executed design. The under seat battery box, rear loop, and head light choice are stand out features. I would think that some brown grips might have pulled together the seat color a little, but that’s minor. With so much black, the top end would also look really good in black as well. So nice and you nailed the “classical essence.”

  • Name

    inb4 “too much pipewrap and Firestones!”

  • Krylov

    Nice and tastefully made build. On top: These old Kawi twins sound great!

  • Davidabl2

    The Paint is absolutely perfect. If I were the owner i’d have the the headers ceramic coated
    to match one or the other of the two colors…and maybe the rims too.

  • Wind-blown

    Bikes don’t get much cleaner than that. A quality build.

  • Rolling stones

    Just another cookie cutter build….

  • Rob Love

    not tryin’ to be a hater here, just tryin’ to understand… how much rear wheel travel does this thing have before the tire rubs the fender? It looks like less than 3 inches to me. put a rider on there, and god forbid you pick up a girl at the bar, everyones getting reamed with each crack in the road. As an owner of a bike with a similiar problem, i’m trying to overcome that on my bike by putting on longer shocks that are custom built for my weight. All these bikes are “just perfect for zipping around the dense urban environment”… but everywhere i’ve been, that means road surfaces that are shit, and slamming the tire on the subframe/fender gets old quick.

    • Lewn

      Well that reason is why so many people don’t comment on these boards that often. They know how good a bike is can be judged best by:
      1. Riding it, and living with it for a year or more.
      2. Test riding it.
      3. Looking at a picture of it and imagining how good it will be to ride.
      4. Looking the shiny bits and the aesthetic balance of the bike.
      Honestly how good an indication is the way a bike looks, any indication of how good it is?

      • arnold

        Well made point Lewn, but many of us have to use what we are given, Eyeballs and experience. In my case that doesn’t cover a whole lot. Over the years I have learned that I am unable to do it all myself, but between the lot of us, we can cover it pretty thoroughly. No matter what ‘it’ is.ald

  • arnold

    I’d be more than happy with it as a daily driver. More over the fact that the Kow doesn’t have a tube for a hydraulic reservoir to “clean it up” gives it plus points.

  • newbiewithSR

    Would someone please tell me where can i find that headlight? Or similar… Should be international seller also. Thanks!
    P.s: Awesome bike!

  • David Cassar

    did anyone else read that as “Here’s Marcos, head honcho at KFC”?

  • rennie61

    Nice and clean. Anyone know where the headlight grill comes from?