Based in Thailand, K-Speed is an extremely successful custom motorcycle and aftermarket part purveyor, with numerous brick and mortar locations scattered across the Southeast Asian country. In addition to routinely working with small displacement donors, K-Speed has also developed a distinct and instantly recognizable signature aesthetic, combining neo-retro visual themes with a faux-weathered post-apocalyptic look.
Dubbed “BLACK OPS,” the latest build to leave the shop maintains all of the regular K-Speed hallmarks. Starting with a 2009 Kawasaki Ninja 650 (aka ER6N), the no-frills commuter bike has been stripped down and built back up with a custom subframe now supporting a stubby humped cafe tail. Like K-Speed’s earlier XSR 150-based “Trail Breaker” project, the 650 sports a full suite of custom crash bars, including a bespoke framework wrapping around the fork and supporting a new LED strip headlight arrangement. As per usual, the K-Speeder boasts a myriad of parts from the shop’s signature “Diablo” parts catalog, including the saddle and the muffler., plus there’s a set of Rizoma bars, micro PIN LED indicators throughout, a new dual disc Brembo setup adding substantially more stopping power, and a custom belly-pan neatly rounding out the bottom of the bike’s silhouette. A faux distressed livery completes the package.
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