Bren­dan Sut­ton, Z1000 MKII50

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When Bren­dan found his old MKII on ebay, there was no way he wasn’t go­ing to buy it back.and he set his mind on turn­ing it into some­thing very spe­cial when the deal was done.

“I thought ‘Do I tell him it’s my bike?’, but I did and he was as pleased as I was.”af­ter es­cap­ing a po­ten­tial mark-up from the ven­dor, Bren­dan then spent a small for­tune on his prodi­gal Zed.with blind­ing re­sults.

“York­shire Bank still owns half of it,” says Bren­dan, and he’s not shy of re­veal­ing he’s spent £23,500 on get­ting it to this strato­spheric stan­dard. It’s all very well gath­er­ing the right Sanc­tu­ary bits, an­other mat­ter get­ting them to gel.and this is where Bren­dan chose the right peo­ple for the jobs.

“The frame went to Lester Har­ris, the en­gine to Ray Debben,” says Bren­dan. Known quan­ti­ties with de­seved rep­u­ta­tions. “The paint was a bit of a shot in the dark. I said to the pain­ter ‘I want a green candy’ and it came back spot on,” he says.the whole bike is pretty much spot on. “There’s noth­ing I’d change. I toyed with the idea of Dy­mags, but that’s about it. She’s a lit­tle bit fast on the steer­ing be­cause the back end’s tipped up a bit, and with 100bhp at the back wheel, that’s plenty enough power too.” All power to Bren­dan – stand­out bike.

Rwu Öh­lins are the right choice, swingarm is XJR1300, pipe all ti­ta­nium, smoked tail light lens. Proper En­gine breather catch tank is in swingarm, and pil­lion ’pegs very neatly mounted be­hind seat stays “YORK­SHIRE BANK STILL OWNS HALF OF IT”

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