weight reduction

Seat Sub Frame Rework (Step One)

July 9, 2018 fabrication

  Changing the shape of the seat was one thing, but creating a new sub-frame to match was entirely another. Not only did I have to get the angles right, but also allow for placement of the skate deck, have a place for electronics such as various relays, junction and fuse box. I also need to create mounting points for the new key and headlight switch as well as turn signal mounting points. My idea was to add on toRead More

Four Into Two Becomes Four Into One

January 29, 2018 exhaust

  The philosophy of this build is to minimize and simplify where I can. The exhaust seemed like a perfect place to apply these ideals. With two massive factory mufflers hanging off each side, I was looking forward to cleaning up the bike and dropping some serious weight at the same time. In theory, less restriction might also increase horsepower, but with no intent of really getting the bike dyno’d, any gains felt would just be by the seat ofRead More

Battery Relocation (Step Two)

January 28, 2018 battery

I don’t own a welder. Then again, it wouldn’t matter if I did or not, as I can’t really weld. Sure, I can lay down a bead and hold two pieces of steel together, but it is not going to be pretty. While fabricating anything, let alone a custom motorbike without this basic tool or skill probably seems like a bad idea… it also forces me to be more creative within my limitations. So, I grabbed some metal, bolts, nuts,Read More

Battery Relocation (Step One)

January 10, 2018 battery

I think what interests me most about a cafe racer style bike are their simple, clean and open lines. The best ones are minimal. Nothing but what is required for the motor to turn fuel into fire and for the bike to tear down the road. The ZZR1200 however is a long way from that. Liquid cooled means a massive radiator. Add an oil cooler to that as well. The motor itself isn’t very detailed and very much just aRead More

Removing the CA Emissions Octopus

January 2, 2018 emmisions

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Dropping Pounds

January 2, 2018 modifications

  Fashion before function. I suppose there is some aerodynamic advantages of all the plastic fairings and I will admit tucking in behind the windshield when speeds go north of triple digits is rather nice… but I was looking for a drastic change so the plastic and related bits had to get ditched. It was a surprising amount of work actually. Seemingly endless fasteners and clips were located here, there and pretty much everywhere in between. I started to wonderRead More