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Z ROD STREET AND STRIP

“I WANTED TO SHOW THAT A BACKYARD FELLA COULD STILL BUILD SOMETHING THAT LOOKS ALL RIGHT”

ENTHUSIASTS who know their early Kawasakis will pick this Z1 for a highly-modified hot rod in an instant, but it’s those who don’t who give owner Anthony Anderson the most satisfaction. “It amuses me, the comments people make,” Anthony says. “One fella told me I’d done a wonderful job restoring it. Another tried to convince me that he knew of one that was exactly the same. Probably the best was this very rough-looking guy who walked up and said, ‘I don’t even bloody like motorbikes but I like that!’”

For the record, the only stock parts on this bike are the fuel tank, side-covers, ducktail, mirrors, indicators, handgrips and seat cover — just enough to give that stock-at-first-glance appearance — and even most of those are reproductions. Look twice and the suspension and brakes are anything

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