When is a Z1000 not a Z1000? Take a look closer and you’ll find out.

Tidy examples of the original z1,  Z900 and z1000 are getting as rare as hen’s teeth, but this child of the great Kawasaki is a touch rarer.

Dave Solomon from Gloucestershire has a reputation for restoring bikes, but not in a conventional way.

You see, whilst he like many of us can appreciate the flowing lines of a 70s classic, he has a retro appreciation of what could have been the future.

Closer inspection of the above shot reveals not a standard, or mildly modified litre Kawasaki, but some exquisite work in crafting a beautifully engineered hybrid.

Look closely and those chrome clocks and they don’t seem to be the ones originally fitted by the big K.

All the rubber appears somewhat fatter than original and wait, there’s a pair of USD forks in there. Multi-pot calipers adorn some huge disks and that’s one helluva meaty swing arm.

In fact, behind the giant oil cooler which is definitely non-standard, the most observant will see a big fat Bandit 1200.

Hell no? how could someone do that?

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Whatever the angle of shot, this beast draws crowds at every show.

Well purists, stop being so fickle. Classic car owners have been doing this for years, with Ford and Rover V8s, So why not a bike?

Apparently, Dave doesn’t give a stuff what the purists think, with 156 brake from the tweaked Bandit mill it was a no-brainer for him.

Why not make the bike another 50% meatier if it’s possible. That’s why he started Butchered Classics, a sort of nod to the rebels who think that stock is somewhat boring.

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It’s a bit of a squeeze but the Bandit does just fit.

So here it is, a beautifully crafted bike that hangs together as if it came out of Japan that way. The toughened frame wraps as nicely as if it’s had a carefully researched Olympic fitness program, and Dave assures everyone that the bike is perfectly balanced and good natured with its pumped-up physique, whilst also being a whole bunch of fun to ride.

He’s not stopped there either, he’s amassed a number of other specials along the way, so we salute his creativity in not conforming. This is a mighty fine machine; quite spectacular when seen in the flesh, so keep an eye open at various bike meets in the midlands and south-west for this one. It’s a ‘kracker’.

CW