Anthony van Someren (aka Dutch) of the The Bike Shed. says. “I needed a second bike. Something that would balance bullet-proof reliability with custom looks.”
The plan was to make this KZ1000 pretty but practical. That meant plenty of second hand parts: only the engine and running gear had to be 100%. “This bike had to be ridden every day in all weathers. Not just sitting outside a trendy shop to look cool on summer days,” says Dutch. “It’s what I would call ‘custom-lite’: looks cool in pics, but down-and-dirty on closer inspection.”
Dutch had a clear picture of what he wanted: clip-ons, Raask rear-sets, a small headlight and tiny blinkers, and a long Brat-style seat. The bike already had a 4-into-1 pipe and Keihin filters on the Mikunis. “It ran really well, so no issues there.” The bike was stripped before the frame was de-lugged, re-welded and cleaned up. A new rear subframe was built to accommodate the seat.
The electrics exposed by the removed side panels were hidden. Fenders were chopped, brackets were fabricated and a shift lever and linkage were created from BMW and Guzzi parts, matching the Raask rear-sets. “With new levers and braided hoses, the front brakes now work well,” says Dutch. “The engine is tight and strong, and she even corners quite well.
So I’m more than happy with how she’s turned out. Now I just need to stick to my guns and try not to make the big Zed too perfect, or I’ll need a third bike for my daily ride!”