‘No ABS, no in­di­ca­tors’

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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

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