Kawasaki Z650

‘Hey guys! Can you do some small modifications on my ’78 Kawa Z650?’. That’s how Mitchel’s bike came into our shop. Of course we can do some small modifications, but why not grab the “Expert” level and take the Trophy home!

Easier said than done, because the bike arrived in five different crates. Not a problem for Royalty, but it was a puzzle. And the bike itself!! Whoa, what a creative mind had been working on that bike! When we received the bike, it was a Kawa Z650 transformed into a chopper model from hell. Probably done by a railroad worker, considering the amount of steel used for the subframe.

It was up to us to find and bring back the shape of the bike.

The rear subframe is raised by an inch at the springs and we reengineered the subframe completely new from scratch. All existing steel bricks were removed from the frame. Although it is still visible that someone chopped this bike up, it’s only in tiniest details visible. Anyway, we spent a shitload of time on it and we are absolutely proud with the outcome! And check out the tires: Complementing the bike with a mix of old and modern! The modern Daytona speedo is another slick detail slick on this 40 year old machine.

We were requested to paint the gas tank in a Sunset orange color scheme and we decided to put a subtle metallic flake through the paint. To reduce the worst part of water spray in rainy conditions we added a front fender and a special number plate holder.

The foot pegs are foldable Tarozzi pegs on a relocated position. On the new position the pegs had to be foldable to allow room for the kick starter. Although the bike has a small Lithium Ion battery hidden underneath the gas tank, the kick starter still works fine. As with the battery, all electronics are hidden underneath the gas tank so we could keep it completely clean underneath the seat.

SPECS:

  • Frame and subframe powder coated in glossy gray
  • Handle bars, triple tree and all brackets are powder coated in glossy black
  • Blacked out engine look with new bolts everywhere
  • Custom sunset orange metallic paint job on the gas tank
  • Relocated side stand bracket and a new side stand
  • Relocated foot pegs (Tarozzi) with custom brake and gearshift link system
  • Tarrozi passenger foot pegs
  • Stainless steel, Dutch made exhaust muffler
  • White exhaust wrap
  • Relocated electronics (new wiring harness with waterproof connectors)
  • Custom (bolt on) battery box above the engine
  • LED-ring head light
  • Daytona Velona speedometer
  • “Hidden” rear light with integrated indicators (LED type)
  • Mini indicator lights in front
  • New handle bars
  • Brembo brake pump
  • New clutch lever
  • brat style seat
  • Bar-end mirrors
  • Continental Trail Attack 2 tires