It’s always nice to see someone building their own custom bike. Here’s one such dude, Z-king from the Custom Fighters forum, who started out with a bone-stock 2003 Kawasaki Z1000.
Phase 1 saw him ditching the dirty bars and building a custom exhaust, followed by the addition of a K&N filter, integrated taillight and some blacked-out panels. After rocking it like that for a while, he soon grew tired of the red and black paint scheme, which was duly replaced by Alpine white with several layers of blue and red metal flakes. Pazzo levers, billet case sliders, stainless brake lines, spike bolts and a few other goodies were thrown in as well.
Z-king had this thing for wheelies and, well, the next phase saw him taking the bike apart after trashing the stock motor.
Third phase and around USD 1700 later, our man gets hold of a complete 2005 ZX10R engine kit to go in, and takes the bike to a friend’s machine shop to make the new mounts.
The bike was about 70 per cent done by phase 4; radiator zip-tied in place, hoses mocked up, handlebar switches ordered, cut down the exhaust header in place and so on.
The stock engine and pazzo levers were sold by round 5, to raise some cash for some much-needed parts.
Phase 6 started with thinking about different exhaust and airbox ideas. The only thing that would fit under the tank was a set of UNI foam pod filters. So until they arrived, Z-king made a set of screens to run just in case he went out for a spin. Also purchased was a set of nice stock levers to cut down/drill and make cool, along with a cut-down Muzzy sidewinder exhaust bought from a drag racer friend. Z-king extended it back about 6″, and made a core with packing to go in it, soon followed by a spade-cut tip and some black accents.
And this is how it looks as of now, but as with every ongoing project, the look and feel keeps changing. You can get all the lowdown on the build and keep track of any future revisions here – Z-king’s 2003 Kawasaki Z1000 on Custom Fighters Forum