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Kawazaki 1000z, Ezekiel 21, 'The Sword'

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© Francois Richer - My Spirit Photographie

Strange name for a motorcycle...

For this project commanded by Grégoire, I had to work on a run bike. The man imagined himself on a starting line since too long and, as a good survivor of a recent shooting in Paris, he decided that his dreams had to be achieved in his lifetime. Monsieur wanted to run but with elegance. The challenge interests me...

Anyway! Two or three traditional phone calls to draw the outline of the project: a powerful tail frame, not too low, with a spring fork and pretty finishes. And go for the purchase of the base. It will be a Z 1000 ST. The original few hundreds horsepower on a very light chassis should be enough to get some strong emotions, and allow me to devote the majority of the budget (not crazy but comfortable) on the design of the machine.

The chassis takes shape rapidly. A sleeker tail frame, like a bike but provided with a important pedaling assistance.

The stock wheels that I find pretty cool when I imagine them polished are conserved and adapted to the CBR fork, emptied and "springerised" (custom dampers by Shaft Racing). For this step I admit I used some sketches, and even some math... Not my habit! But as usual, well surrounded by my mates Joe, Mikael and Gael, we tinkered this thing that works pretty well.

Sick brain, always a little monopolized by the drag US vintage vibe, the machine must, like previous ones, be radical. As a proof: the proportions of the tires (auto 525/550 rear and run master 3,5 front, Avon of course, thank you Charles) and the aluminum tank that must not exceed 5 liters leave no room for compromise. For the sake of "street legal minimum", I hide two small flashing lights and a LED brake light under the saddle masterfully realised by John (Red's Leather).

Restricted by the wallet, unable to satisfy all our pretensions for preparation of the engine, I think we had to play another card to shine in the run. When you don't have cards, you still have the bluff! A little divine intimidation (and a little provocation at the same time) should play in our favor. After a couple of nights of "holy" readings, I chose a few lines of Ezekiel 21 from the New Testament to decorate the mini tank. A rather creepy passage which speaks of a sword sharpened and polished and a god who, for once, seems really pissed off and ready to fight. Connoisseurs will recognize there the careful work of the Stick your cycles team.

Leather flask, home made handlebar, some homegrown details as the chain selector, the juxtaposed stainless steel exhaust and a renovated mill, green, inevitably, this is a Kawasaki!

After several months of work and a last little sign of the cross the craft is ready to fire.

Greg, you run faster than bullets, that's a fact. Now we wait to see what you can do behind the handlebars!

Amen (more pictures here)

BMW K100

© Francois Richer - My Spirit Photographie

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Hawaiian Style

Thank you to Maéva, the seamstress, and Yann, the graphic designer...

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Suzuki GSX 1100 CC

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It’s the designer Bruno D. who is the client of this project. The man has taste and is thrill-seeker. A priori we should get along! Two telephone calls were enough to define and launch the project, we briefly discussed the big ideas: a large package of well gleaming horses, comfortably installed in a radical built. Our common passion for the US lifestyle vintage fashion made us agree.

The man is a player. He gave me carte blanche on the basis of a GSX (at this moment in story he does not know at all what I'll create for him, nor did I…).

Once we founded the base, a GSX of 1980 (the first of the line), you pass the ritual of undressing. With Bruno, we have agreed to modify the back loop. At the sight of the frame, I quickly admit that we might have to do a little more than that. It's not really ugly but, during our conversation, the word "sculpture" had been uttered at this point we are far from the account.

The idea is to highlight the 4 cylinders, 16 valves 100 hp. To do that, we have to minimize everything else. The craft rather made for the exhibition than large sprees, 6 liters of fuel are sufficient for demonstrations to the 400 meters!

After having sawed almost anything over the column, the place is open! Facing me, a big block and two small steel tubes have survived... Let’s go…

I chose a beautiful "mooneyes" yellow for the block, fine ... Except that it does not marry with anything. Thank you to Stickersdeluxe, very responsive! Cover with fifteen paint layers.

The installation of the monoshock required the creation of a custom swingarm on which chain tensioners will take place aluminum. The problem is that on the Buell rim there is a pulley, not a crown, so to paste a string on it we had to create a custom crown and a crown holder in the inside to maintain a proper alignment of the transmission.

The chassis tightly crimped' around the engine imposes a low passage for the exhaust, hence the creation of the collectors in stainless steel and the choice of turn out. A few well-placed grinder shots and the chain casing turns into Etnies logo for the "skateboarding touch". For the adaptation of the fork we go through the machining of a column and 2 fork tubes with an American flag shape which is dear to me (that's my little patriotic side ... or redneck .. . chose the right answer!). The straight tubes of bracelet are exchanged in favor of a Renthal cross handlebar cut in half and fitted with OMP lever taken on an HD

For the saddle I imagined something very minimalist and a little sexy... So I called my buddy Fabrice from the ASD workshop who made this little leather thong!

The light which came from of a Ford Mustang is maintained by 2 homemade Leather legs (this time we anticipated a little bit by purchasing leather and I did not have to sacrifice my belt at the last moment! (réf. Honda CBN 400)

Remote controls homemade with the Mooneyes. Finally the rear light, provided by the prison administration. This is in fact, at the beginning, the small light located above each cell door and allows inmates to call room service.

More pictures here

Honda 500 XLS Mad'Dax

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Stored in the back of the workshop after a painful offroad late career, this old trail was giving me the eye... The mechanics of the big single, rustic but playful, would be perfect for a new construction, even if the chassis will require a lot of attention once again! The 23 front wheel of origin, associated with a very approximate caster angle, is effective in the paths but stings the eyes! I don't have much time, zero budget ... I start.

Once the frame is naked, I'm surprised to appreciate some curves. For once, the rear part of the frame will be preserved (although slightly modified even so). And it's a bit countercurrently that, as usual, rather than a rear loop, Ed is about to make its first front loop! The idea: to keep the fun spirit from the Dax of the same brand, but on an adult sized machine.

While Alexis is working to resuscitate the engine, I bend and assemble the first tubes. A few hours of rod later, the engine is on its solid and polished HD wheels. It already looks good and wins all the votes in the workshop! We adjust a fork, or more precisely some forks... The good compromise was as follows: BMW R65 tubes (nothing is lost) immersed in Yamaha XV 750 sheaths, with homemade fork bridges and a Ténéré caliper. It's done! And it costed nothing!

The light, "racketed" to my buddy Joe, wasn't more expensive (at least until today!). As well as the rear light offered by the prison administration (see GSX 1100) and mounted on a skate truck (negotiated with a kid on my street last season).

The engine receives all the necessary cares before addition of the mythical blue of the big block Ford golden age. Some attributes are added to create the "drag" touch: hand made deported admission pipe, aluminium Terorist remote controls, sprocket cover faming cut, a bike pedal as a kick starter, and then, the other side of the kick starter as a starter ... Here I leave you a few seconds to think! (see here)

After making the fiber tank signed with the logo of our Californian partner Lucky 13, we made the poly half shells that are directly inspired by the FRKNSTN helmet that was given to me by Hedon. But the matter that the English helmet manufacturer uses is expensive and difficult to obtain, and I chose the alternative of the potato sack! More in tune with my finances ... Model, mold and poly are made with my friend Joe. The guy knows the resins very well but he never tried to insert the burlap!

After purchasing the precious fabric (in a much more feminine store than I'm used to go) and having a good laugh when the saleswoman yelled across the store "MIREIIILLLE! DO YOU STILL HAVE BURLAP FOR THESE 2 YOUNG MEN?", It's only missing black satin epoxy on the chassis and parts, two beautiful Avon tyres provided by our partner, and small handles to complete the vintage look.

Now, let’s go to the beach! And let’s go faaaaast!

All the pictures here (© Pierre Le Targat)