21 Apr Vintage Mash-Up: 1974 Kawasaki Custom
Creemore Valley Classics VIP Stories #35
I have been an avid Kawasaki triple 2 stroke enthusiast since I acquired my 1972 Kawasaki 750 in 1978. This bike changed the way I thought about bikes and have never looked back.
Through the years, I have restored many of these gems and never get bored plinking away. My last restoration and daily rider is a 1973 S2A 350. There are not many of these it was replaced by the 400(S3) model after two years.
I had a vision of doing something custom based on the Kawasaki triple platform and the result is this modified to suit, one of a kind, Frankenstein, 1974 S3 machii 400 café.
The project started on Oct.2015 with a free titled frame, with six months of rounding up hard-to-come-by parts. I wanted something unique but still to represent the vintage look and sound of the bygone area, utilizing modern tech and handling characteristics. If the parts I wanted were not available, I fabricated them.
The bike is a marriage of vintage and not-so-vintage parts including Kawasaki, Honda and Yamaha, and Yahondasaki.
Owner: Richard Austin