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Not your average tea and crumpet

Story by Greg Williams ; by Amee Reehal

Originally Jan2011, HERE

Tradition suggest that a café be based on something British, a pre-unit Triumph 650cc in a Norton Featherbed frame. are only so many parts and from those motorcycles however. And now, thanks to an interest in the café style of folks are turning to some pedestrian machines – such as CB350s or Yamaha XS650s — as points.

Others, though, are ever more creative in machines of choice. Take Al Onia. His most recent was based on a run of the mill 1978 KZ200. But it turns out Onia’s for choosing a small-displacement Japanese motorcycle does have a to a couple of British bikes

always loved the British and always liked the Royal Continental 250,” he says. The GT was based on Royal Enfield’s 250cc single-cylinder Crusader, but the GT was with a sleek gas tank, on handlebars, rear sets and a windscreen. It looked the part of a café racer, and although it got the up in some of the young lads, it sold from 1965 to

The other British bike appreciated is the BSA 250 Starfire. Onia “They look clean and and even though they’re they do have some

Onia has been riding since he was 14. He started out aboard a Honda S65, purchased Bow Cycle, and says every of years he’d trade up to better, including a Honda 250cc scrambler, a Hodaka Rat and finally a brand new Suzuki street scrambler. After Onia took a 20-year from bikes before back into the hobby.

In the 2000s, with the luxury of a few of early retirement, he started and restoring some of the bikes of his

After restoring and riding a few machines, Onia decided create a café racer. And he admired the RE Continental and the BSA Starfire, he he didn’t look too hard for one of “I was spoiled by the ultimate reliability of motorcycles – they were to get running and keep running,” he “So I started looking for a small Japanese bike that suffer too much under my hand if I screwed it up.”

found his ’78 KZ200 in Coeur in the Nickel’s Worth newspaper, a ad resource serving the Pacific in the U.S. Upon spying the ad, went online and Googled the and liked what he saw and read. are different than either a or Yamaha and they have a reputation,” Onia says. He got from the seller, and although the had been painted blue a rattle can and there was a Harley-Davidson affixed, Onia decided the had some potential.

Kawasaki built the KZ200 1977 to 1985. With a 200cc single-cylinder powerplant and gearbox, the KZ200 was marketed as a displacement street cruiser. One can imagine how many ‘cyclists learned to ride aboard such a machine.

Kawasaki W800 Cafe Style

He completed the for $550 without actually the motorcycle up close, but he was comforted by the that the owner still had the papers and all of the parts he’d off the Kawasaki during his ownership. filed his paperwork with Customs and drove to Coeur to pick up the KZ200. Everything smoothly coming back the border with his purchase, and had the bike home in the fall of

He says he had formed a mental of what he wanted the bike to like when he was done it, and that was a simple and clean café racer. With 4,500 miles on the odometer, says the KZ200 ran fine, and he have to pay much attention to the of the engine, apart from the carburetor and changing the oil.

Onia didn’t want to put on sets or lower the handlebar a set of clip ons. Instead, he a drag bar with a minimal back, and that helps a more upright riding as opposed to the crouch adopted by other café racer The Harley-Davidson saddle was promptly and Onia restored the stock seat pan before conferring his upholsterer about how best to the classic ‘… stop’ pad.

A small fairing to fit a six headlight was located and purchased at wrecker TJ’s Cycle in With the fairing fitted to the it became apparent that the lollipop signal lights are prevalent on the Japanese motorcycles of the could not be retained. Instead, installed a set of Lockhart Phillips signals, and these units tidy up both the front and of the machine.

Taillight is the stock unit, as are the hand and foot controls, tank and side panels. the muffler – with its slight pretension – is the stock unit. and spokes were cleaned up, and a set of tires installed.

What’s not on this Kawasaki is the paint. says he’d always a yellow motorcycle, and decided the would look good in a of Corvette Millennium Yellow, a hue says is identical to Ducati To complete the look, he found a of chequered flag decals at a hobby shop, and applied the to the fairing and the centre of the gas tank.

At 5’7” and 140 lbs. Onia a big man. The riding position and of the Kawasaki suits him perfectly. the ideal size to be on a bike that,” he says. “It’s to handle, and I ‘m a small guy so it’s not a lot of weight.” He rides the KZ200 on the local back roads, and tour 160 to 200 miles at a go – just not on the Canada. “That would be even though it will do 60 to 65 mph all day

Kawasaki W800 Cafe Style
Kawasaki W800 Cafe Style
Kawasaki W800 Cafe Style

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