‘No ABS, no indicators’
Gareth Duns 1981 Kawasaki Z440
After a long period away from motorcycling, Gareth Duns wanted something to de-stress and distract him from the everyday routine, so he decided to build a bike. After a lengthy search, Gareth stumbled across a Kawasaki Z440 before setting out on a build that would span seven years.
After a mock-up build, a complete nut and bolt stripdown was carried out. “Everything was examined and, although it was in good condition for a 35-year-old bike, I decided to replace/renew all items that carried any wear,” says Gareth.
The frame was de-lugged and shortened before being powder coated, as were the swingarm and yokes, in a colour to match the tank.
Gareth played with the idea of soda blasting the engine to give it a clean finish but decided against it, preferring to preserve the original patina. And as for mod cons: “It doesn’t have ABS… it doesn’t even have indicators but it still puts a massive smile on my face.”
Total stripdown (top) and the entirely unique end result