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GOING GREEN. Schlachtwerk’s ‘Wasabi’ Kawasaki W650 Sprint Racer

Posted on May 18, 2018 by Andrew in Racer. No Comments

Insanity comes in many forms. But the best kind of crazy is Tom Thörig from Schlachtwerk, who corralled some of Germany’s finest craftsmen into helping him produce this – an amazing Kawasaki W650 dubbed ‘Wasabi’ that’s built to tackle our favourite race series, the Sultans of Sprint…

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NIGHT RIDER. Schlachtwerk’s Midnight Black Kawasaki W800 Scrambler

Posted on October 27, 2017 by Andrew in Scrambler. 16 comments

It’s been a big week for Kawasaki retro remake fans with the release of the Z900rs in Tokyo to pay homage to the legendary Z1 of the ‘70s. But it seems that what one hand giveth the other taketh away, as Team Green hammered home the final nail in the W series retro rides coffin. One of the first modern bikes to be built with a classic look, the twenty-year production run is finally over. But so long as useable items can be found in salvageable condition, then Germany’s Schlachtwerk proprietor Tommy Thöring will make customs of them all. His latest is a 2012 W800 Special Edition that’s blacker than the ace of spades for an owner who is just as lucky.

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LONG-TERM YEARN. A Timeless Kawasaki W650 From Germany’s Schlachtwerk

Posted on August 14, 2017 by Andrew in Scrambler, Tracker. 26 comments

Think of your perfect desert island bike. For the purposes of the exercise let’s say that this island is blessed with amazing roads; roads that you have to ride indefinitely. Suddenly all those dream rides like the Brough, Moto Guzzi V8 and the Britton look a little painful, yes? They’d be like having to share paradise with a megalomaniac millionaire or a narcissistic supermodel. You’d be better off with something that does a whole bunch of things really well, is super comfy and that will last the distance without breaking down on the first day. A bike a lot like the latest Kawasaki W650 from Germany’s Schlachtwerk.

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WHOLE LOTTA LOVE. Schlachtwerk’s ‘Big Bertha’ Naked Kawasaki Zephyr 750

Posted on June 13, 2017 by Andrew in Classic. 5 comments

For the tiny percentage of road-going vehicles that motorcycles make up, it’s kind of cool just how many different types there are to choose from. You can take your pick of v-twins, singles, flat twos, flat fours, triples and, if classic Japanese bikes float your moto-boats, inline transverse fours. While they all have their own unique feels, between-the-knees width is the dominant vibe that these Nippon beasts impart. Like riding a racehorse or taking a tumble in the hay with a larger lover, these bikes are all about their bountiful girth. And while Tommy from Germany’s Schlachtwerk is kind of new to Japanese fours, he’s liking them more and more. Here’s his ‘Dicke Berta’ or ‘Big Bertha’ Kawasaki Zephyr 750.

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LESS IS MORE. Schlachtwerk’s Featherweight Kawasaki W650

Posted on April 10, 2017 by Andrew in Scrambler, Tracker. 31 comments

Nitrous oxide. Turbos. Superchargers. We’re as guilty as the next guy and or gal for drooling over flashy go-faster parts that make good headlines and get those website clicks a-clicking. But there’s a much more traditional approach to speed that doesn’t involve mega bucks and a team of rocket scientists. It’s what bikers have done since the dawn of time. Drop weight, increase capacity and work on the heads. And for Schlachtwerk’s Tommy Thöring, it’s just this approach that turned out this little gem. Meet his Kawasaki W740 he calls ‘No Fat’.

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Yamaha XSR700 Tracker – Schlachtwerk

Posted on March 1, 2017 by Andrew in Tracker. 10 comments

Taking home the top trophy for best in show or coming first at the drag strip sure feels good, but it usually doesn’t pay the bills. For most workshops, following the build of a bike that has crowds going crazy there are at least ten others that come in for minor work. It keeps the lights on, puts food in the belly and pays for the parts to make that next dream machine. But every customer still deserves the best and when a client said he wanted his wife’s new bike tailored to fit her needs, Tom Thöring of Germany’s Schlachtwerk, was ready and waiting. It’s a 2016 Yamaha XSR700 that draws on Buell’s XBS for inspiration to create a fellow twin terror to shred the streets.

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‘15 Kawasaki W800 SE – Schlachtwerk

Posted on December 6, 2016 by Andrew in Brat, Classic. 6 comments

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We’re guessing you all know what a custom bike is, right? They’re the ones with all the wild and unique modifications. The bright colours and the racing numbers. The flames and chrome skulls with the glowing eyes. And the ones that develop a gazillion horsepowers from their superchargers, nitrous oxide and turbos. But what if you wanted a custom bike that didn’t look like, well, a custom bike? What if your aim was a customised yet classic machine that would look good today and in 2116? If that thought puts a lightbulb above your kopf then you best check out today’s feature bike, a wildly mild Kawasaki W800 from Germany’s very talented Schlachtwerk.

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‘Skinny Beast’ Yamaha TR1 – Schlachtwerk

Posted on September 16, 2016 by Andrew in Racer. 5 comments

Motorsport has always played a critical role in both the custom car and bike scene; at some point the need for speed gets so extreme the track is the only place to express it. The NHRA might now sanction the F1 equivalent of drag racing but as the name suggests it all started with a bunch of guys and their hot rods. In the custom bike scene everything from the Classic TT at the Isle of Man to the resurgence of Flat Track racing and the modern-day Burt Munro’s at the salt lakes, racing and custom bikes are once again going hand in hand. The latest phenomenon and particularly popular in Europe is sprint racing, run over an 1/8th mile drag strip events like the Glemseck 101 near Stuttgart are creating a hell of a buzz. For Tom Thöring of Schlachtwerk the draw was just too strong to resist and his nitrous slurping 1981 Yamaha TR1 is ripping up the strip and collecting the top prize.

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MOTO PHOTOS: Germany’s Christine Gabler

Posted on February 4, 2018 by Andrew in Event, Other, Racer. 11 comments

It’s with a little embarrassment and an apology to 50% of the world’s population that we admit to not having ever featured a female photographer in our Moto Photos weekend specials. Well, not until now that is. On our recent trip to Italy’s MBE Show…

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WE SHALL BE MONSTERS. Mellow Motorcycles’ ‘Frankenstein’ Ducati Sprint Racer

Posted on November 10, 2017 by Andrew in Racer. 13 comments

Mellow Motorcycles are anything but. They don’t do partial restorations or touch ups and they’re refreshingly forward about charging a premium for the work they do. Work which is consistently clean and clearly belies the name they’ve given themselves. And nowhere is their dedication and incredible craftsmanship more apparent than on their latest bike, a Ducati-Honda sprint racer named FRKNSTN.

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