The story behind:
"We were lucky enough to find a customer with a pretty nice 1978 Kawasaki KZ650. The customer is actually a doctor and did some basic modifications in his own. We then got the chance to help out the doctor to finish the build. We discussed his vision with him and created a plan for the final bike. Together with our experience, and resources we created a concept for a retro brat style bike with some modern parts added while keeping the original patina of the gas tank."
Based in the state of Saxony in Germany, Jimmy and his twin brother Mick, along with their dad Karsten, are living the dream building bikes in the workshop named Kaspeed Custom Motorcyles. Their dad’s passion for motorcycles started in the 1970s, but the passion rekindled when Jimmy and his brother finally got their bike licence. "We are doing most of the work in-house, including welding and painting. I'm a professional car painter and automotive engineer with motorsport experience while my brother is a technical modeler in the car design industry."
The brown leather seat stands out before the black frame for a retro look. The original gas tank gives the bike the wanted old school look. The new electronic components like lights, blinkers, tachometer and battery add a modern touch to the motorcycle. The boldness is created by the black painting of the forks, triple clamps, frame and wheels. The fork boots and well sized headlight add to this style as well. The bike is fully road-legal in Germany, where the regulations are pretty tight.
The bike has a custom fabricated rear frame hood. Frame was cleaned out and electronic boxes placed under the seat, the ignition switch was relocated in the frame triangle and a lightweight lithium-ion battery was placed under the seat. A new brat style seat with custom upholstery was added and cone air filters and ultrasonic cleaned.
Other modifications: Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines, Acewell tachometer located where the ignition switch was sitting and aluminium fenders and custom mounting. New matte black retro headlight and black tail light. The original gas tank was painted to preserve patina and keep a retro feeling.
Our take on the KZ650
Working with your dad and brother, could it get better than this? A family business represents the different generations and values. This bike's an example of tradition, a 70's homage.
In our humble opinion, this bike has everything it should. Blue has always looked great on Kawasaki's tanks, it has that classic look we all want our bike to have. Brown leather seats cannot disappoint us, always matching the palette used for the bike in any combination you want it to be.
Kaspeed's next project, a Ducati 750ss, is on the way to completion and if you're lucky enough, you'll be able to check it out in the next Glemseck 101 on September 1st! For the rest of the world, we will surely blog about it.