How Rob did it
FEB ’16 – SKELETAL REMAINS
Bought as a non-runner with two motors: one with gearbox issues, the other with a misfire. Rob unloads his booty from the van.
MAR ’16 – BACK TO BASICS
Frame paint was given the heave-ho with industrial paint stripper. Morley Brothers, Cambridge, then two-packed it back to its best.
MAR ’16 – WHEELSMAN
Rims got the same paint stripper treatment, then Rob sprayed them bright white using Halfords rattle cans.
SEP ’16 – TAKE A BRAKE
ZXR Tokico calipers are notorious magnets for corrosion and resulting inaction. A thorough strip, repaint and meticulous rebuild has got Rob’s back to their best.
OCT ’16 – HOSE IT DOWN
The Kawasaki now benefits from Goodridge braided hoses all-round. Rob opted for the more subtle black lines in place of traditional naked braid; a nice touch we think.
OCT ’16 – HOLE IN ONE
Rather than pay what Rob says are “crackers” prices for replacement bodywork, our man taught himself to plastic weld and repair the battered originals that came with the bike.
APR ’16 – IT’S ALL FRONT
KYB forks were rebuilt by Rob who then took them to the painters to refresh the bottoms. The USAF mistook them for bazookas.
JUN ’16 – GEARING UP
Rob split the cases to get to the dodgy ’box. A broken circlip had allowed a plate on the back of the clutch to wreak havoc. Easy fix though.
JUN ’16 – SILVER STANDARD
Valve clearances checked, the motor went back together before being degreased and coated in Halfords VHT.
NOV ’16 – BE PREPARED
As well as fixing the holed and cracked panels, Rob also thoroughly prepped them before handing them over to the paintshop for a thick coat of gloss white…
DEC ’16 – LINE ’EM UP
…to which Rob applied the lines for the Suzuka-rep design he wanted. The Russell/slight race bike was a one-off TT-F1 prototype with very different bodywork, so working out how the design would fit the ZXR was a painstaking task.
DEC ’16 – JUST LIKE RUSSELL’S
The paint shop matched the colours – the red is actually the same as on the 750H.