KING COO­LEY

Cor­nish­man Kenny Lang­ford’s Wes Coo­ley rep con­tains only three GS1000 parts and yet it’s still un­mis­tak­ably a Coo­ley rep. Here’s how he did it

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Contents - Words: Mark Gra­ham Pic­tures: Stu­art Collins

We’ve seen a few now. This one nails it with vir­tu­ally no GS1000 bits. OK, three

Peo­ple’s rea­sons for build­ing spe­cials are many and var­ied. For some, they can’t get what they want from any pro­duc­tion ma­chine – and they have the skills and the means to build ex­actly what they want. For oth­ers it’s sim­ply the de­sire to make some­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary. In Kenny Lang­ford’s case: “I saw a Coo­ley rep and knew there and then I’d have to build one.”

Build one he has – and it’s a peach. Five years in the mak­ing it has all the at­ti­tude of a Pops Yoshimura/wes Coo­ley GS1000, all the key in­gre­di­ents, with some clever time and money-sav­ing op­tions that in no way de­tract from the over­all ap­peal.you could ar­gue they even bring the whole thing prop­erly up to date.

It all started 15 years ago. “Me and my brother started a bike busi­ness, and to make some money we ran a break­ers’ yard on the side.we had an 1100ET in and I said I’ll have the mo­tor, then a 750ET came in and I had the frame, and I just started cher­ryp­ick­ing all the good bits, like early EXUP forks,” says Kenny.you won­der if they made any money at the game at this rate.

“I was go­ing to build a street­fighter ET with a big tank,” he says. Un­til he saw the Coo­ley rep. “I’d been rid­ing a GSX-R1000 and things were get­ting a bit stupid… I mean 50-150mph in third gear. So I had to get rid of it. I’d had Gpz1100s, even had an LC with a Kawasaki H1E en­gine in it, swapped it for a CB900F would you be­lieve?” So the ap­peal of the Coo­ley rep was two-fold: some­thing old school, but with a bit of go (not too much, but enough).

Kenny’s skills were well up to the job. “I’ve been work­ing on bikes since I was 14,” he says. “I’d buy non-run­ners, get ’em go­ing, sell

EX-ZXR400 and very nice. Hard work though

Catch tank long-cov­eted. It’s Kenny’s now

Slinky ta­pered head­ers on full Jaygui sys­tem

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