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
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