It’s always great to discover a new bike, when the discovery of a new bike goes hand in hand with the discovery of a new top-shelf motorcycle site it’s almost enough to warrant a full scale block party.
Discovered via WideOpenMoto this Kawasaki KZ400 has had the off-road treatment applied front to back, the chunky off road tires, stripped back frame and nicely tidied up rear end giving the bike an appealing, post-apolocalypic feel with the distressed tank and engine rounding out the theme quite nicely.
The bike was built by Matteo Mussi over at B.R.Moto, Matteo has a penchant for building unique vintage customs and he has a garage in the Emilian countryside full of bikes that most men would gladly hack off a limb for.
His work on the Kawasaki KZ400 was aimed at creating a reliable summertime belter capable of either on or off road riding with an emphasis on no chrome, no gloss and no bullshit. I like it.
WideOpenMoto is run by fellow Antipodean, Dan Anderson. He’s an industrial designer living in Italy, which means I am jealous both of his job and his geographical location.