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Old Kawasaki GTR1000 Becomes Centopia, a Hand-Hammered, High-Tech Wonder

Lorenzo "The Fugar" Fugaroli is back with a bang... not that he was ever gone. However, Centopia, one of the latest bikes to roll out the FMW garage doors is probably his masterpiece. An amazing metal worker, Fugaroli outdone himself this time, and employed his friend Dario Lagatolla of You Garage to add cutting-edge high-tech features to the old GTR.
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The donor bike is a Kawasaki GTR1000 manufactured in 1985. If you know these bikes, you know they are sporty, but rather bulky and heavy. The GTR was reborn as Centopia, a high-tech solo cruiser that looks astonishing.

A GTR1000 on a severe diet

Probabaly the most amazing thing about the Centopia is the fact that FMW did a spectacular weight reduction job. The GTR1000 weighed, in its early days, around 258 kg (570 lb). Believe it or not, Centopia is only tipping the scales at 168 kg (371 lb).

The truth is that the Centopia lost the luggage-carrying capabilities, but who gets to ride it probably couldn't care less about this thing. The Fugar crafted a monocoque bodywork that's entirely handmade. He hammered on until the sheet aluminium was bent to his will completely and took the fluid shape we can see in the photos.

Polished aluminium panels have been riveted to the tank and along the hidden rear subframe, keeping true to FMW's characteristic steampunk signature.

Almost everything was made in-house: exhausts, chin spoiler, miniature front fender (can we still call it a fender?), clip-ons, seat and flyscreen. Honestly, we feared FMW could be tempted to use a Harley DayMaker headlight, but the Fugar knew better.

Wireless instrumentation uses a smartphone in ways not even factories can deliver

The old GTR1000 received a Dynojet kit and conical open breathers, but these are only small talk compared to the wireless instrumentation. Fugaroli worked with You Garage's Dario Lagatolla and they came up with a special mount for a smartphone. The device replaces the digital dashes of modern bikes, and includes a most comprehensive interface with the motorcycle, providing tons of useful data.

Lagatolla created a system that needs no modifications for the bike and uses the same connectors, but interfaces wirelessly with the smartphone. The display provides extensive functions and readings, such as neutral light, turn signals, high beam indicator, light oil, water temperature, fuel level, gear position, shifting light, tachometer, and obviously, speed.

The system can be fitted on any motorcycle, and, provided it has the necessary sensors, it will relay the same data. We'll leave you with this ample photo gallery and we remind you that the Centopia only weighs 168 kilos...

 
 
 
 
 

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