2001 Kawasaki W650 by Blitz

Custom Kawasaki W650 2001This delightful custom Kawasaki W650 is the latest project of Blitz french workshop (also read about their BMW R100 La Parisienne). The bike has a special “elegance” appearing in the design and it’s not a coincidence, as this build was commissioned by a girl, which, as the guys say, “passed her driving test especially for this machine”. Looking at this bike, I believe that it’s definitely a good reason to get a driving license.

Kawasaki W650 engineAs always, Blitz stay faithful to the tradition of decorating the bike with a fuel tank “mounted as found”. The Honda CB tank from the 70’s – was the choice for this build. A bespoke seat, as intended, is designed to be the same length as the fuel tank.

Kawasaki the fuel tank and the seatThe gas is supplied by Keihin CV34 carbs, fitted with K&N air filters. The exhaust headers are wrapped in a thermal wrap and the cone mufflers are black chromed. The bike is shod in Firestone tires.

Firestone tiresThe electric wiring has been simplified and connected to “Blitz Motorcycles” bespoke mini switches. A vintage rally car yellow additional headlight is mounted on the front and serves as a headlight. The Moto Gadget tiny speedo was installed on the bars that come with the genuine Amal grips.

Kawasaki by Blitz - barsThe front endKawasaki’s 676cc engine got shiny black powder coated, as well as the fenders, the wheels, the fork and the handlebars. In contrast, the frame is finished with shiny dark green powder coating.

Going for something “smooth, low and still fun to ride”, the guys have gotten a fabulous result, that, by the way, the customer was absolutely happy with.

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Images by Gary Jézégabel