Turning a 1980s Kawasaki Z 1000 J into a café racer doesn’t sound like the easiest task for custom bike builders and while you’ll normally get only visual changes, in this case we’re talking about a whole different bike. Forget about the classic roadster look of the Kawi Z 1000 J, which came as a response to Honda’s CB900, and let yourself be introduced to this low, aggressive and most likely pretty uncomfortable ride signed by WrenchMonkees.
First and foremost, the original 998cc air-cooled, four-stroke, transverse four-cylinder, DOHC with two valves per cylinder engine now displaces 1170cc thanks to a Wiseco piston kit, which raises the standard engine’s 102 hp to an impressive 140 hp. So that’s what the aggressive looks and Brembo brakes are there to cope with.
No doubt about it, this is a ride meant to stand out. It rolls on 17-inch Excel wheels, features custom paint and a whole bunch of WM components among which the fairing, aluminum tank, seat and tailunit are the most important. For more details, read the specs after the break.
Kawasaki Z 1000 J
Z 1000 J engine, Wiseco 1170 piston kit, racing camshafts.
Mikuni 36 RS carburators, K&N filters. WM heat resistant custom paint.
Racimex oil cooler. Aprox 140 HP.
Exhaust heat wrap. Gianelli muffler.
41 mm up-sidedown front fork. Aluminum swingarm.
Bitubo rear shocks. Z 900/1000 hubs, stainless steel spokes,
Excel rims. 3.50 x 17 front - 5.50 x 17 rear.
Off-set sprocket - 530 chain conversion.
ABM steelbraided brakehoses. Brembo brake calipers front and rear.
Braking front brake discs. Brembo front brakemaster.
WM tailunit. WM seat. WM aluminum tank. WM fairing. WM clip-on´s.
WM throttle grip. WM rearlight, LED.
WM stainless steel/brass spindles, bushes, stems.
WM LSL headlight clamps. WM wirering harness, magnetic key system.
WM stainlees steel battery/wirering box. WM custom paint.