Kawasaki Z1000 40th Anniversary Concept Is Smoking Hot
And to make things even more spectacular, Angel decided to build a Z1 tribute bike based on the 2013 Z1000 machine. Stripping the new Z1000 was the easy part, even if the whole frame had to become mirror-shiny aluminium, just like the forks had.
A different fuel tank made of fiberglass and custom, hand-made exhausts have been installed to evoke the 1972 bike. The tail section was also designed by Angel in fiberglass and front/ tail lights are in the spirit of the bikes of yore.
However, the biggest challenge was the radiator: the 2013 motorcycle had a huge front-mounted unit which had nothing to do with the '72 bike, so Angel found a solution that's as stunning as it its cool.
He mounted the radiator under the seat, inside the subframe and designed 6 air ducts which channel cool air from the front of the bike, above the engine and under the tank and seat, directing the stream into the cooling fins. A proper custom-made RAM-Air system which works well, too. The bike looks awesome and seeing such a machine produced in more units could be an interesting move. Got that, Green K?
Seen on Return of the Cafe-Racers.
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