The Kawasaki Z1 was mad, bad and dangerous to know. So in the mid-90s, Kawasaki decided to revive the legend and create a tribute bike, the Zephyr. Unfortunately the Zephyr didn’t quite have the excitement or edgy nature of the original.
“Valtoron is one of the most unusual custom builders in Europe. It’s a foundry in a tiny hamlet in Spain, run by two brothers who live to ride. When they’re not creating sculptures they like to build bikes, and they let their imaginations run wild.”
“Another beautiful custom from Cafe Racer Dreams and Pedro García – our favourite Spanish bike builder. This time he went with a classic Japanese machinery, a subtle Kawasaki Z750 parallel twin from 1976!”
Maria Motorcycles from Portugal is slowly becoming the “Deus Ex Machina” of Europe. To be compared to this uber-cool Australian motorcycle business in the highest form of flattery. Just check out their custom Kawasaki W650.
The Kawasaki S3 400cc was built from 1974 through 1975. The S3 followed the success of the other triple 2-stroke models which proved successful after the introduction of the legendary H1 "Mach III" in 1970. With the 400, which replaced the 350 S2, Kawasaki did not seek the maximum power but tried to make the S3 more exploitable that 350 S2.
I was left disappointed after Kawasaki released the W800 back in 2011. The switch to EFI (damn emission laws!) and the lack of the kick starter took away 2 of my favourite things on the W650 and as a result I quickly lost interest.
“It’s a while since we’ve featured a Kawasaki W650. So it was a pleasure to receive details of this beautifully proportioned build from Bertrand Bussillet, editor of the French magazine Cafe Racer. The W650 belongs to a Parisian actor, David.”