This bike started life as a 2009 factory spec Yamaha R1 before being picked up by the team at Gregg’s Customs and pulled to bits. The rear subframe was tossed as were all the plastic fairings and the original swingarm.
The Kawasaki W650 is one of the best modern foundations for a flat track style motorcycle, the engine is staggeringly reliable, the frame is solid, the stock suspension can take a beating and it can be turned into a flat tracker with relatively minimal effort.
It amazes me that some people are this cool without even trying. After spending some time looking over the photograph above I’ve hypothesised that that’s a 1940’s or 1950’s JAP based flat tracker, I’ve also decided that I want one.
One of the only regrets of my life so far is that I haven’t spent enough time going sideways in the dirt on a motorcycle. This is something I am working towards rectifying.
On Any Sunday is one of those films that you just have to have seen, and seen more than once, if you’re a motorcyclist. This is the 7:20 segment of the film that deals with AMA Flat-Track racers, some of the ballsiest humans this side of the NASA Gemini program…
I have a deep love and long standing respect for BMW motorcycles. I’ve never actually owned one, but I’ll get around to picking one up someday. In the meantime, I’ll make do with ogling other people’s Beemers.