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

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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.

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