The Kawasaki ER-6F ticks the total correct containers as a day-to-day runner, however it certainly’s no longer unprecedented of a looker. And it’s an weird different for personalization, too—we’ve featured a handful of custom ER-6Ns on these pages, however never the fully faired ‘F’ mannequin. It takes creativeness to sight beyond its vanilla bodywork and same old-keep ‘sport commuter’ kind, and gaze means.
So this 2006-mannequin ER-6F spent most of its life as a loaner, parked in Alex Gao’s storage. That is, till he wanted a custom donor in a pinch…
Alex runs Cowboy’s Chopper in Taipei, Taiwan, and he kept the Kawasaki for prospects to jog, whereas he worked on extra kindly machines. Then he used to be invited to expose a bike at Taiwan’s huge Dart Free show. So he dusted off the ER-6F, assign it on the bench, tore it down, and tried to visualize the final product.
With its dresses off, the ER-6F is a routine mish-mash of obtain types. The tubular front frame appears to be like appropriate, however the boxy asymmetrical swingarm and side-mounted shock are fairly routine.
Alex picked up on these quirks and the frame’s swooping strains, and loved them. So he decided to intensify as unprecedented of the Kawasaki’s engineering as that that you just may maybe per chance maybe imagine, turning it proper into a cheeky avenue tracker.
The subframe had to transfer although, so Alex hacked it off and fabricated a extra stage setup, with a dapper kick within the tail. (It reportedly took a different of makes an strive to compile it edifying correct.) It’s capped off with a brown suede and leather-based solely mostly saddle, a hand-made stainless-steel fender, and a taillight from Heiwa.
Subsequent up, Alex fashioned a fresh gas tank out of aluminum. It’s an fascinating obtain: zigzag to compare the Kawasaki’s new frame, however with knee indents paying homage to older Brit bikes. A pair of polished side panels provides an additional visible hit, and there’s a hand-made aluminum gas cap up high.
Diversified hand-fashioned bits embody the front fender and its mounts, and the offset headlight nacelle. It wraps spherical a vertically mounted rectangular headlight, from the Japanese custom store 2%er. Lower down is a minute LED-powered fog light, mounted to the left fork lower.
Up within the cockpit, Alex assign in a situation of no-name handlebars and grips, with Motor Rock mini switches and a generic digital speedo. Lower down are custom rider and passenger foot pegs, mounted on one-off brackets.
Below the hood, Alex ditched the air-box for a couple of cone filters, then relocated the electronics to the now empty dwelling.
The motor used to be left alone, as had been the exercise headers—however Alex constructed a fresh stainless-steel box muffler. The embossed strains on it are echoed additional support, on a personalized radiator coolant overflow reservoir, wedged into the swingarm. The radiator guard is custom too, and has the Cowboy’s Chopper laser-lower into it.
Quite a bit of the rest of the Kawasaki’s running equipment is inventory, however nothing’s left utterly untouched.
The frame and swingarm had been powder lined in semi-gloss silver, the inventory yokes had been polished, and the wheels and fork lowers had been performed in dim. The actual color is a easy olive green paint job on the tank and fenders.
The inventory Kawasaki ER-6F isn’t doubtless to drag a 2nd label, however this one’s going to bend necks. Finest one question remains: what’s Alex going to mortgage to his prospects now?
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