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This One-Off 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 Hosts Rare Aftermarket Items
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This One-Off 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 Hosts Rare Aftermarket Items
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Mitsuaki Shinohara is a gifted motorcycle enthusiast who goes about his daily business in Vancouver, Canada. Back in 2019, this fellow decided to purchase a weary 1978 model from Kawasaki’s revered KZ1000 lineup to honor it with a comprehensive custom treatment with the goal of redefining retro glory. Let’s take a minute to examine what’s at hand here, shall we?

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The original bike is put in motion by a monstrous DOHC inline-four behemoth that prides itself with a humungous displacement of no less than 1,015 cc. At approximately 8,000 rpm, this piece of air-cooled machinery will gladly summon up to 83 untamed ponies. On the other hand, the engine is fully capable of generating as much as 58 pound-feet (78 Nm) of fiendish twisting force at 6,500 rpm.

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A five-speed transmission is tasked with handing this oomph over to the rear 18-inch hoop by means of a chain final drive. Ultimately, this whole shebang leads to a generous top speed of 125 mph (200 kph), while KZ1000’s quarter-mile time is rated at just 12.6 seconds.

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For starters, Shinohara subjected the machine’s aging powerplant to a thorough overhaul. The inline-four leviathan received a set of Mikuni VM29 carburetors topped with velocity stacks, as well as a vintage stainless-steel exhaust system hailing from Kerker’s mighty range. As soon as work on the powertrain was wrapped up, the moto surgeon moved on to the bodywork side of things.

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At the front, you will find a graceful Rickman CR fairing hugging the stock forks and a pair of aftermarket clip-on handlebars. The custom fuel tank, seat pan, and tail section come in the form of a single Tracy Fiberglass Works monocoque unit. Additionally, a local leather expert named Curtis Rafino is the author behind that tasty two-seater saddle.

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The original wheels were removed to make way for Henry Abe counterparts with star-shaped spokes, wearing top-shelf Continental Blitz tires for ample grip. Furthermore, stopping power is taken good care of by cross-drilled Grimeca brake rotors. To round out the new aesthetic, Mitsuaki installed modern turn signals, fresh mirrors, and a slim front fender.

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Lastly, the creature was blessed with a handsome color scheme, blending a stealthy black base and two-tone stripes that run the length of the motorcycle. Honestly, we think it looks absolutely delicious!

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