1978 Kawasaki KZ650 ‘XVIII’ By Paal Motorcycles

Mar 19, 2018

Category: Rides

While you’d think that good-looking custom cafe racers are a dime a dozen, there are few we come across that are really drop-dead gorgeous. But, when the folks at Paal Motorcycles were tasked with doing a restomod to a dilapidated 1978 Kawasaki KZ650, they managed to create one worth fawning over.

Built for the client, this bike actually started out as a barn find that had been in disrepair for over 20 years. And that kind of neglect comes at a high price, as the team had to completely disassemble the bike and do a rebuild from the ground-up. That included sandblasting it and applying a new paint job; refitting it with new gaskets, seals, and bearings; building a custom one-off snub-nosed exhaust; and handcrafting the tank and seat (including the leather pleating). We applaud the folks at Paal Motorcycles for breathing new life into this once-forgotten bike.

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