1991 Kawasaki Zephyr Mowiraki Endurance Racer

I had always liked the endurance racer look so I went down that path with the build. Like an 80’s Z1 piloted by Wayne Gardner / Graeme Crosby crossed with a bol’dor or le mans endurance racer. I wanted it to be roadworthy and legal, so this pushed me into a lot of research for parts, specifically the headlights. I spent probably 6-9 months in the procurement of all the parts, which was difficult as the Zephyr was only made for 5 or so years, with small numbers sold in Aus and lots of changes across the years, plus I was living overseas and the bike was halfway around the world back in aus making it hard to measure up for parts! Thankfully some old air cooled kwaka parts were crossovers (810 wiseco kit etc). As such, pretty much all of the parts are either universal, or frankensteined to fit. The rearsets are probably the only aftermarket parts made specifically for the Zephyr!. Below is a brief parts list which came together over time and from around the world:

ZRX1200 swingarm, wheel and rear brake from the US and Aus.
ZXR750 front forks from a roller I bought in Aus (Fully rebuilt, chromed anodised and powercoated with Racetech gold valves from Shock treatment in Sydney
GSXR1000 6 pot calipers from the US – These are garbage and new nissins are on the way.
CR29 keihin’s from Aus
Wiseco 810 kit from the US
Moriwaki 2 tail section, XR69 front fairing and universal -2inch belly pan and tail lights all from Airtech in the US
JW speaker headlights from the US
Watsen design flush mount indicators made in Canada and sourced 2nd hand in Aus
Stack ST700 dash from the UK
ISR levers, switchblocks and front discs from Sweden
Quickfiller and paddock stand from Racefit in the UK
Moriwaki decals from the UK
Woodcraft clipons and biltwell grips form the US
Moriwaki points cover form Japan
Frame sliders from Germany
LSL bar end mirrors modified to fit from Aus
Racimex Oil cooler from Germany
Raceworks fitting from Aus
Steering Damper and fittings from Fast from the past in the US
Beet rearsets
Shorai Lithium battery from Aus

Plus, a NOS moriwaki pipe to go on from Graeme Crosby, the man himself.

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