Tag Archives: DOHC

Kawasaki KZ1000 by AC Sanctuary

Late 70s Japanese superbikes have character by the bucketload—unlike the plasticized contemporary offerings. There’s ample performance too: a stock Kawasaki KZ1000 puts out around 90 hp, and can run the quarter mile in just over 12 seconds. Unfortunately, the dynamics of such bikes have fallen a long way behind modern standards. And that’s where the

Zaeta by Kustom Garage

The past couple of years have not been good for most motorcycle manufacturers. So it’s reassuring to see new brands appearing, however small. Zaeta is one of those new brands, and it’s inextricably linked to the resurgent sport of flat track racing. The Italian company’s single production model is definitely a case of function over

Impoz Speed Racer

The Triumph Speed Triple is a terrific bike straight out of the box, and it’s been a huge sales success for Triumph. Ample power comes from a 1050cc DOHC, three-cylinder, fuel injected engine and the styling is unusually distinctive—thanks to those ‘bug-eyed’ twin headlamps. But you don’t see many customs based on the Triple, unlike

Arresting looks: Honda's CB450 Police Special

To me, this bike is pure eye candy. There’s something about a 1960s police motorcycle that’s strangely compelling. This one is a 1965 Honda 450 Police Special, and it’s as rare as hen’s teeth. Just 25 were shipped from Japan to the US, probably because most Police Departments were used to ordering bikes of more

Honda CB450 cafe racer

Honda’s CB450 never quite met its sales expectations, despite being one of the few 1960s motorcycles to hit the magic 100bhp/liter mark. Honda claimed it was a 450 with the power of a 650—and yes, it was a technological step forward from the British twins of the time. Buyers got greater reliability, an electric starter

1980 Honda CBX custom

Rick Hayberg of? Sarasota, Florida, has worked in the auto industry for thirty years. And like a lot of riders, he was drawn back to a bike he’d seen many years ago. “I was fortunate enough to ride a brand new Honda CBX back in 1980, purchased by a good friend. Between the looks and

Sanctuary Kawasaki Z2

The legendary Kawasaki Z1 had a little brother, the Z2. (A better behaved little brother, no doubt.) You’d be hard pressed to tell these Zeds apart: pretty much everything was the same on both bikes, apart from the internals of that glorious DOHC engine. Kawasaki dropped the capacity from 903 to 746cc, but the Z2

Honda GB250

In the Honda canon of custom-friendly motorcycles, the GB range tends to be overshadowed by the mighty CB750 and CB550. But the GB250 Clubman has a lot going for it, including bulletproof reliability. And it’s the perfect platform for a lightweight, about-town café racer. The bike was released as a Japan-only model in 1983, using

Wrenchmonkees Kawasaki Z750

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE Ever heard of a Kawasaki Z970? Neither had we. But that’s the moniker the Wrenchmonkees have given their latest custom, a stunning Z750B that’s been bored out to almost a liter. It’s the pet project of company founder Per Nielsen, who wanted to build “the perfect City-Dirt tracker” with a beefed-up motor and

Suzuki Nuda

One of the stars of the 1986 Tokyo Motor Show was the Suzuki Nuda concept. The styling attracted a huge amount of attention, and unlike most 20-year-old concept studies, still looks fresh today. The Nuda was reputedly operational and rideable, propelled by the DOHC in-line four GSX-R750 engine; it had two-wheel-drive, with power transmitted via