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Ground-up build: A Kawasaki bobber rises from the weeds

Ground-up build: A Kawasaki bobber rises from the weeds

Kawasaki KZ250 bobber by Machine 1867 of Australia
Everyone loves a good barn find story, but what about digging an old motorcycle out of the weeds? That’s where Edi Buffon found the basket case Kawasaki KZ250 that would eventually become this incredible bobber-style piece of art.

Edi lives in Sydney, Australia, where he works as an engineer. Outside office hours, he wrenches on bikes as Machine 1867, from a 380 square foot space inside a shared warehouse. His area’s stacked with welders, grinders, hand tools and a lathe.

Kawasaki KZ250 bobber by Machine 1867 of Australia
Edi wasn’t really shopping for a KZ when he found this 1980 model. He had a lead on a bargain pair of Honda CB900s, and when he went to collect them, the owner threw in the forlorn Kawasaki.

It wasn’t running—and yes, it was literally lying in the weeds—but Edi saw potential.…

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