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WERKING CLASS. Schlachtwerk’s Kawasaki W650 Racer

Posted on March 21, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

Schlachtwerk’s Tommy Thöring is obsessed with the Kawasaki W650. As everyone should be. They’re dead reliable, have handling so neutral it could be described as ‘Swiss’. If you’re in Germany and you own a Dub you want chopped into something special, it’s Schlachtwerk’s number you’d be calling…

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MIRTH, WIND AND FIRE. Mellow Motorcycles’ ‘C4’ Kawasaki Zephyr Neo-Cafe

Posted on February 22, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

There is something incredibly satisfying about being right, and if you’re part of the cafe racer revival, then by default you are. In the 1990s, some Japanese manufacturers were already selling retro remakes and industry experts thought this to be insane. Now Germany’s Mellow Motorcycles have proven them wrong…

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ZEE WHIZ. BGM Cafe Racer’s ’78 Kawasaki Z400 Street Scrambler

Posted on February 21, 2019 by Andrew in Classic, Scrambler, Tracker. No Comments

BGM Cafe Racers’ Tonie Wishart is trying to redeem himself. Years ago his father brought a bike home, an old Kawasaki G4TR 100, which Tonie successfully pulled apart and unsuccessfully put back together. Now, years later, Tonie and the team from BGM have turned out this…

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LAND DOWN UNTER. Schlachtwerk’s Aussie-Bound Kawasaki W650

Posted on January 24, 2019 by Andrew in Tracker. No Comments

They say a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step; but for one particular German it only makes sense to begin with a Kawasaki W650. Now he’s packing up his Schlachtwerk operation and heading for the Land Down Under. Sydney to be exact…

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PUNCH DRUNK. Pap N Mam’s Boxer Kawasaki W400 Scrambler

Posted on November 7, 2018 by Andrew in Scrambler, Tracker. No Comments

After almost ten years of blogging about custom bikes, we’re pretty confident we could count the instances of builders who have made their own engines on one hand; even a hand that’d taken a trip through a rear chain and sprocket. Put simply, it almost never happens. Unless your Indonesia’s Pap N Mam…

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CORDON BLUR. Schlachtwerk’s Tricolour Kawasaki W800 Racer

Posted on July 21, 2018 by Andrew in Racer. No Comments

As modern retros go, Kawasaki hit the nail on the head with their re-imagining of the W series bikes from the ’60s. In fact, the ‘new’ W’s bevel driven twin cylinder engine is even more of a classic than the original. But as an overall package they’ve always needed a little more panache…

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MOUNTAIN BIKING. Blue Thunder’s Mean Kawasaki Z900RS ‘Pikes Peak Special’

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

The launch of Kawasaki’s new Z900RS has seen the return of some good ol‘ manly retro moto madness. Custom-made for 2018, Japan’s Blue Thunders shop in conjunction with Icon Motosports has taken a brand new Z, made it into a racer and decided to run it up Pikes Peak at 110% just for shits and giggles…

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HIROSHIMA HERO. Heiwa’s ‘No.10’ Kawasaki W650 Bobber

Posted on June 8, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber. No Comments

In an industrial area near the wharves, on a white weather beaten wall, is an old Castrol sign that looks like it marks the spot of an old English workshop. Welcome to Hiroshima and the now world famous workshop of custom builder extraordinaire Kengo Kimura…

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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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EXTENDED REVIEW: The 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS

Posted on March 24, 2018 by Andrew in Review. No Comments

The reviews are in and the motorcycle industry has spoken. The new Kawasaki Z900RS is the best handling, best looking, most incredible retro bike ever designed. According to the throngs of fawning middle-aged journalists it can do anything. Such is the power of the new Z900RS. But is it really all that?

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