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Kawasaki W650 – Deus ‘Moto Grigio’

Posted on November 9, 2012 by Scott in Café Racer. 42 comments

By guest writer Ian Lee.

The Italian language is a beautiful thing. It takes words we would usually find dull, like four-door, snail and cheese, and turn them into quattroporte, chiocciola and formaggio. The problem is changing Italian words back into English, once translated you are left with a plain sounding term that doesn’t quite sound so sexy. When Deus US motorcycle design director, Michael Woolaway, needed a name for his new project, he settled on ‘Moto Grigio’. A passionate sounding name, until you discover it basically means ‘grey motorcycle’ in English. But this is definitely not your standard ‘grey’ motorcycle.


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Renegade Custom’s Kawasaki Z250W – “Redback”

Posted on July 13, 2012 by Andrew in Brat. 35 comments

Time for a quick Arachnology lesson. You’ve probably heard of the Black Widow spider – a native of North America and famous for innumerable associations to big-boobed comic book characters and b-grade action movies. Less well known, but just as deadly is her Australian cousin, the Redback spider. Considered the most dangerous species of spider in Australia (and that’s really saying something), a bite from a fully-grown female can cause a strange burning sensation, goosebumps, malaise, sweating, fever, tremors, seizures, comas, respiratory failure and eventually death. Which is strange, because that’s just how we felt after laying our eyes on this bike built by Ren De Hass and his Renegade Customs. Except for the dying part.


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Kawasaki KZ400 – “The Bolo Shit”

Posted on May 11, 2012 by Andrew in Brat, Café Racer, Rat. 26 comments

Ok, let’s not beat around the bush. There’s an elephant in this custom bike room and we’ll need to get it out in open right now. I haven’t got the slightest idea what a “bolo shit” is. I’ve Googled. I’ve Bing’d, why I even tried an Alta Vista search by travelling back in time. Nada. Now according to the always amusing urbandictionary.com, a “bolo” is a itself a term for pooping, so that would make it’s name “shit shit” which, while quite funny, doesn’t make any sense at all. Then I saw the gun on the tank. Bingo. Another Google search of “bolo gun” tells me that bolo is a nickname for the Mauser C96, better known as “the gun that the Nazis always have in war films.” Except that the gun on the tank looks nothing like C96. So where does that leave us? I’d suggest we just all don these here special glasses that make white elephants invisible to the human eye and click that “read more” link below.


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1992 Kawasaki KZ1000 – Silver Bullit Cafe’s

Posted on April 16, 2012 by Scott in Café Racer. 24 comments

Albert “The Chief” Hurt comes from a long line of automobile mechanics. His grandfather, father and all his uncles worked as mechanics in the family shop. At the age of 12, Albert earnt his pocket money by sweeping the shop floor. “After I had worked there six months I was able to scrape up enough money for my first street bike, a 1972 Yamaha DT1 250,” he says. There have been many bikes since then, but it took a marriage breaking down and being diagnosed with stage 3 cancer to really motivate Albert to build his dream bike. “I have found a passion that I always had,” he says. After surviving his battle with cancer, Albert decided to build the ‘ultimate cafe racer.’ So he got to work and managed to find the perfect donor bike, a beat up old KZ1000 in El Paso, Texas. After 7 months of wrenching, including many nights in his garage during winter he has finally finished. We’re pleased to introduce you to Silver Bullit Cafe’s KZ1000.


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Brauchi’s Kawasaki W650 – ‘JagdBobber’

Posted on April 6, 2012 by Andrew in Bobber, Brat, Rat. 27 comments

So, we’ve just had a sweet BM tracker. Let’s continue the Germanic thematic with a bike not made in Deutschland, but perfected there. And with a Red Baron theme, no less. It’s interesting to note that Germany and Japan have an intertwined engineering relationship when it comes to new automotive developments. For almost all the most important road safety developments of the last 50 years, it was the Germans who developed the technology and the Japanese who perfected it. Take ABS as a great example. An electronics system created by Bosch and then installed by BMW on their K100 in 1988 was the starting point for ABS on motorcycles, but it arguably took Honda and their current generation ABS system available most notably on their CBR1000RR to perfect it. Many a professional motorcycle reviewer noted that in their minds it was the first truly unobtrusive ABS system that functioned on track as required without sacrificing lap times. You can see a similar development path for other technologies such as EBD, seat belt tensioners, and traction control. So what happens when you feed motorbike through the system the wrong way around? Oh, don’t worry – the results are better than you think. Meet the JagdBobber.


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Kawasaki KZ200 – “Ulah Adigung 002”

Posted on March 9, 2012 by Andrew in Brat. No Comments

Here’s something that doesn’t happen too often. A bike update report. Way back in July, 2010 we showed you a great little Indonesian Kwaka from an obviously talented guy by the name of Gilberto Manoch. The bike has a beautiful back story regarding Gilberto’s dad, Tommy, winning the 1963 Indonesian Grand Prix on a bike he’d painted the words “Ulah Adigung” on before the race – Indonesian for “Don’t be Arrogant.” In honour of his father, Gilberto created the bike you see here. This version is it’s second incarnation, and Gil has updated pretty much everything, creating a bike which we think is looking pretty damn winning.


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Kawasaki W650 – Wrenchmonkees #32

Posted on October 2, 2011 by Scott in Rat, Scrambler. 16 comments

I have a confession to make. I’ve been having a relationship with another girl for years behind my wifes back. I keep her tucked away in a garage up the road and I’m always making excuses to go see her. I could ride her all day long and most of the time I do. Then at other times, it’s just a quickie up to the shops – but always satisfying. You could call her my mistress. My metal mistress. So when Wrenchmonkees sent me an email saying they were building a bike for the Mistress Gentlemen’s Motorcycle Club (MGMC), I instantly related to the clubs name. Not because it sounds like a strip club (that helped), but because I like the idea of a motorbike being a ‘mistress’. MGMC is a fractional ownership club for luxury motorcycles in Lisbon Portugal. You pay an annual fee and you get to choose from the bevy of ‘Mistress motorcycles’. The more you pay, the more quality alone time you get to spend with these bikes over the year. “We have a Ducati Diavel, a BMW S1000RR and a GS 1200, but we needed something unique to complete our fleet” says part owner Gonçalo Henriques. “Our goal was to have a dream garage for our members. First we were thinking of a Harley but we contacted Per from Wrenchmonkees, that we found in a Portuguese magazine called Rev and project Mistress was born!”


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1981 Kawasaki Z200 – Darizt Design

Posted on September 10, 2011 by Andrew in Bobber, Brat. 43 comments

Imagine not being able to afford to buy any type of motorcycle. Not even the rustiest, crappiest, lowest of the low displacement bike that you wouldn’t even play wee-wee firemen with it if an English rioter had agressively flambéd it. Then imagine living in a country that has a very limited selection of bikes. Then imagine (stay with us here) you have a dream to become a great custom bike builder. What do you do? Well, Agus Darizt from Java, Indonesia faced this problem a few years ago. So he worked out the only thing he could afford to customize was small scale model kits. He got so good at handling the super glue and plastic a friend asked Agus whether he would be interested in building a real bike for him. Of course he jumped at the chance and he hasn’t looked back since. “I started from scratch,” he says. “I learnt how to weld, how to use a bench lathe machine and refined my metal shaping techniques, and 5 months later the Preambule Orange CB100 (pictured below) was finished”. Now three years later and Agus is up to his ninth bike, or “attempt number 9” as he humbly calls it. 


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2001 Kawasaki W650 – Tangara

Posted on September 2, 2011 by Andrew in Café Racer, Rat. 38 comments

Anyone who has visited our fair city of Sydney in the last 20 years will have probably had the dubious pleasure of riding on our mass transit system. Known as CityRail by it’s employees and ShittyRail by the rest of us, it’s main train is the once shiny but now fairly lack-luster ‘Tangara‘, which is an Australian Aboriginal word meaning to go. Which they do, sometimes. Put simply, the trains are old, well-used work horses that are a little dangerous, fairly dirty, jury-rigged and manned by a bunch of nasty-looking guys who aren’t that accustomed to being helpful or courteous. Which brings us to Seoul’s Denver Cho and his well-used, dangerous, dirty, jury-rigged W650 “Tangara” Kwaka – which is more often than not manned by his good self, and by the look of him he’s probably not that good at being courteous either.


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Kawasaki W650 – Blitz Motorcycles

Posted on July 22, 2011 by Scott in Brat. 37 comments

Did you hear the one about the Frenchman, the Czechoslovakian tank and the Japanese bike? Sounds like a joke, right? But the punchline is this sweet W650 “Gentle Tracker”, built by the Parisian guys at Blitz Motorcycles. When one of their customers came into the shop asking for a unique build and a very open brief, they obviously had a few ideas. But then when he mentioned the name of his business was Jawa Productions, they immediately thought they had to get their hands on an old Jawa tank.


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