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Long Live the Zed: AC Sanctuary’s ‘new’ Kawasaki Z1

Long Live the Zed: AC Sanctuary’s ‘new’ Kawasaki Z1

Custom Kawasaki Z1 by AC Sanctuary
The new Kawasaki Z900RS had barely broken cover when custom examples started popping up. First Kawasaki Japan commissioned three builds from local workshops, then Kawasaki Australia handed one over to veterans Deus.

But there’s one name that’s curiously missing from the list: AC Sanctuary. The enigmatic Japanese powerhouse has proven time and time again that if anyone knows how to restomod a vintage Zed, it’s them.

Custom Kawasaki Z1 by AC Sanctuary
If we had a direct line to Kawasaki Motors, we’d tell them to get a bike over to AC Sanctuary, pronto. And we’d use this show-stopping 1970s Kawasaki Z1 to plead our case.

Numbered RCM-431, it was built for a client in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo. He already owns a newer Zephyr 1100, so the AC crew knew that they’d need to step up the older Zed’s performance to match.…

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