Chris sold his first Z1000R2 way back in 1993. He regretted it almost straight away. Then 25 years later he finally found another, but only a complete strip and rebuild would make it into the big Zed he’d coverted for so long
JULY 2017 Taking a stand
The R2’s Achilles heel, the side stand. Weakened by years of use and corrosion within the frame, it was repaired and welded up by Chris’s mate Phil.
SEPT 2017 Clocking that
New clocks were sourced from South Africa to replace the damaged originals. “I thought I’d done well until I got stung by the import tax.”
NOV 2017 On guard
A previous owner had hacked the sides off the rear mudguard. Chris tracked down a NOS part through the Z1 Owners’ Club in Ireland.
MAY 2017 Yellow peril
Chris wanted an R2 so much he walked away from a mint Z1-R to buy this bright coloured, dog-eared Swedish import. The project begins.
JULY 2017 Painting a problem This lot went off for professional painting but
the results didn’t match Chris’s expectations. So he redid it all himself in a DIY spray booth.
OCT 2017 Done by Debben
Ray Debben’s son Steve rebuilt the motor from the crank up. “It wasn’t too bad in there. Most of the work was in the head.”
JAN 2018 Like new, just better
Better than new. Debben even welded the crank “because he was in there, so why not?” Chris sold his GS1000S to pay for the engine rebuild.
JUNE 2017 Trouble looming
The wiring loom was a mess (see above). Chris unravelled it all and went through it connection by connection to get it back to a working state.
AUG 2017 Hands-on horror
The wheels were a nightmare. It took Chris four weeks to remove the black powdercoat by hand, then refinish to OE gold and polished alloy.
OCT 2017 Right in white
Chris never got around to spraying his original R2 white, so this one got the full treatment. Twopack expertly applied by JBS Motorcycle Paint.
JAN 2018 Shocking business
Despite being told the shocks couldn’t be rebuilt, Chris stripped them, had them checked and regassed by Race Lab, then resprayed them.