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Auto Fabrica’s KZ400: A two-wheeled Extreme Makeover

Auto Fabrica’s KZ400: A two-wheeled Extreme Makeover

Two-wheeled Extreme Makeover: The Auto Fabrica Kawasaki KZ400
You can judge a builder’s skills by the raw materials they work with. After all, it’s not too hard to make a Norton Commando look good. A Buell is another matter entirely, and so is Kawasaki’s mundane middleweight from the 1970s, the KZ400.

Even when new, the KZ400 was about as exciting as a baked potato. But Bujar and Gaz of Auto Fabrica have the magic touch, and they’ve just finished working their magic on the humble parallel twin.

Two-wheeled Extreme Makeover: The Auto Fabrica Kawasaki KZ400
‘Type 14’ began life as an import from the USA. “It had charm in its stock form,” says Bujar, somewhat unconvincingly. “Our plan was simple: Strip the bike back to its basics. There are a few KZ400 builds out there, but none have really shown the bike in the best light possible.”

The boys did like the symmetrical 18-inch wheel setup on the standard bike though, so they re-laced the rims and worked on the stance.…

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