We love receiving bikes from all over the world but it’s even better when there’s a great story attached to them. Gilberto Manoch is a young Indonesian who was inspired to build a bike dedicated to his Dads amazing win in the 1963 Indonesian Grand prix race at Curug Airport. Tommy Manoch ended up winning the race in 250cc/350cc class as the youngest racer. Before the race Tommy wrote “Ulah Adigung” on the tank of his Honda CB250. Ulah Adigung means ‘Don’t be arrogant’ in Indonesian and was a reminder to himself and other racers. It’s also the name Gilberto has given to his 1982 Kawasaki KZ200 project. Just like his Father, Gilberto has motorcycles running in his blood and started a small custom shop in Jakarta called Mototrigger. You can check out more pics of this understated KZ200 on his Indonesian blog Paper Trigger.
To be honest I didn’t know why Deus called their latest 2005 W650 the ‘Bloodnok’. So I googled it. It turns out it was the name of a fictional character from the 1950s BBC Radio comedy called ‘The Goon Show’. The character was voiced by Peter Sellers and the characterture on the modified Wellington peanut tank is of Major Bloodnok. It may not be the most original Deus build, probably taking some inspiration from Bratstyle, but there’s no denying it looks the business.
This motorcycle was sent to us by one of our readers in Indonesia named Gifny Richata. The bike is a 1981 Kawasaki KZ200, back then in Indonesia it was the biggest bike available since the government limited the motorcycle’s displacement on the market to under 200cc. It’s the first bike made under the Hajarbroxx Motorcycle name. Hajarbroxx was created by Gifny and his motorcycle mechanic friend named Nandang. Together their dream is to create world class customs that stand out on the streets of Indonesia.
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We love the story behind this killer Icon KZ1000. Back in 1979 this humble bike started life as a police bike in Portland – but now 30 years later it’s on the other side of the law, ready to cause some trouble. The build started by removing the stock swingarm and replacing it with the swingarm and rear wheel from a ’92 GSX-R750. The KZ1000 frame was modified to accept a SV monoshock – not quite sure about the Redbull can shock cover but we have been told it’s already been removed. The engine was given a 1075cc Wiseco big bore kit and the front end is off the same Suzuki SV1000. Considering the bike is a motorcycle mash-up we can’t believe how stunning it turned out. It not only looks great but we bet it would be a whole lot of fun to ride this monster. To read a very humorous story about this KZ, visit the Icon Blog. [Spotted on HFL]
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A little while ago we showed you how the Wrench Monkees customized a Harley Davidson, now here’s how they transformed a Kawasaki Z1000 into a performance Cafe Racer. In my humble opinion the stock Kawasaki Z1000 isn’t the most attractive bike in the world but it does command respect. We love how WM have turned a Z1000 into a thing of beauty whilst keeping it’s performance heart and soul. A Z 1000 A engine, Wiseco piston kit, Wilbers rear shocks, Supertrapp muffler, and loads more WM goodies. For all the specs and more pics of this racer check the WM Gallery. [Photography by Ben Part]
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This is a bike that doesn’t get much airplay anymore. Apart from the legendary KZ400.com (appropriate name). Originally run by Odd Ivar Bekkelund, who was obsessed with the KZ400. Unfortunatley he passed away last year (2008) and his son has left all his Dads posts and hard work up in memory of his Dad. The “original” Kawasaki KZ400 was a 398cc twin cylinder produced from 1974-1984. These motorcycles were marketed as fuel efficient transportation back in the 70’s. So you could say they were like the Prius of the bike world. It doesn’t make a bad Cafe racer either.
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Heiwa is one of our favourite custom shops not just in Japan but in the world. This is one of the best XS650’s I have seen. Right down to that little brake light. It makes me green with envy.
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I have just seen so many beautiful scramblers recently. Heres one more that was shot at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show a while ago. The Kawasaki w650 is such a sweet bike to make a scrambler. Looks shinier than the Queens silverwear…
Now i thought i better post something other than a SR400. I feel like i have been too bias. I love the W650. It looks like a british bike and the japanese manufacturer Kawasaki don’t deny they copied some early british bikes. They are proud of what they created. Why wouldnt they be… Its an awesome looking machine and a great start to a cafe racer.
The Kawasaki W650 is designed to resemble British motorcycles of the early 1960’s. The styling is particularly based on the Triumph Bonneville. However, while British twin-cylinder motorcycles of the period had pushrod engines, the W650 is distinctive in having an shaft-driven overhead camshaft similar to those used on single-cylinder motorcycles from Ducati and Velocette.Heres a couple of pics to get you excited. I particularly love the b&W pic…