Having loved this bike in the flesh at the Bike Shed’s October event, we’ve been waiting for forever to write it up, and at last Gunnar has provided a set of quality photos that do this Kawasaki z750 build some justice. And before you click through to the full size image for a second look, yes, this is a modern z750 – despite the timeless looks.
The bike was built by Gunnar, a 37 year old mechanic who, like the rest of us, has always been into bikes, cars and anything with an engine. Fortunately for us his sense of good taste and his mechanical skills were equally matched, as we think this build is truly outstanding.
Gunnar’s journey began with a setback. He was working at a garage where they built Rally cars but a bad motorcycle accident put him out of work for a year and he lost the job. His Grandpa gave him work as a welder in a factory that he managed where Gunnar also worked on a lathe, but his mum persuaded him to give up the hard labour and go to work in her restaurant instead. You can see where this is going…
…After taking over the restaurant Gunnar set up his own motorcycle workshop, where he was able to return to his passion for motorcycles and to use the skills he picked up in various workshops.
Gunnar and his wife Stef ran the restaurant for five years while he started racing, going into endurance and sprints, but eventually his passion completely took over and three years ago Gunnar and Stef sold-up and opened Bike Service Brouke, which is what eventually spawned the Zed…
The bike is a 2012 Kawasaki Z750R which Gunnar originally picked up to repair and sell on. The tank was dented and needed replacing, but when Gunnar removed it he saw that the bike has a tube frame and seemed to have lines that might work for a Cafe Racer conversion. The job was on, and Gunnar’s House Of Custom was also born.
The bike’s frame was modified to accommodate the tank from a 1968 CB250 but as the bike runs fuel injection there is a secondary aluminium tank hidden beneath, and of course the seat was built to complete the simple bodywork. The airbox was replaced with custom carbon fibre velocity stacks, all remapped with a Dynojet Power Commander V. A handmade battery box was also fitted, while the swingarm and frame were cleaned and rebuilt.
The wiring harness was remade to suit the smaller dimensions and clever use of ultra-bright LEDs light up the rear of the bike from the tips of the swingarm, keeping the rear seat hump completely clear. Other details include Beringer master cylinder and clutch cover, 4Racing rear-sets and clip-ons, a carbon end-can, and cafe racer front headlight.
In terms of the finish, matte black covers the seat unit and CB tank, while the decals provide contrast in classic metallic gold, complementing the front forks and levers, while the muted bronze wheels sit well against the natural leather cafe racer seat. Wide race slicks give the bike cartoon-looks that wouldn’t look out of place in an Ogri strip, and that probably sums up the overall cut of the bike. It’s simply one big bad impossible modern cafe racer that looks like a poster or a movie prop. We think it’s perfect.
Thanks to Gunnar for sharing with us at the Bike Shed, and for bringing the lovely Zed to the show last October. We look forward to seeing what Gunnar’s House of Custom will do next. …Maybe someone should send him a KTM950SM?