Written by Donny Ariyanto
Blood, sweat and tears, it’s what most of us pour into our personal bikes. It never ceases to amaze us how a builder can turn out some of the most amazing work for customers, seemingly without blinking an eye, and then almost kill themselves by simply trying to build a bike that’s designed to impress no one but themselves. For example for this latest ventures by us, took around 4 months to completed. Despite being presented with the rather challenging task of transforming a modern street bike into a classically styled cafe racer they’ve done an admirable job.
With the plastic bodywork and angular tank removed the transformation began with a major rework of the frame. The bikes original kinked swing arm and monoshock set up weren’t in keeping with our vision of a more classically styled ride, so we had to go. In this place is an entirely new subframe and alloy swingarm, mated by a pair of Ohlins shocks. To match the finish of the rear shocks a set of ZX1000 Upside Down forks were mounted up front and the original cast wheels replaced with spoke wheels 18 inch TK Japan rims for front and rear. The combination of these modifications resulted in a stance that runs more parallel to the road akin to the cafe racers of the 50s. With such dramatic improvements in suspension we sought to complete the handling package. For this we added Brembo front and rear master cylinders with Rizoma reservoirs and a Brembo hydraulic clutch for good measure. For the new bodywork our inhouse metal magicians shaped 1.2mm galvanized plate to form the bikes new tank, tail and side covers. Then all of the bikes lighting was replaced with more retro styled aftermarket units and the clip on bars and rear set pegs were bolted in place. Performance wise the ER6N had more than enough grunt for navigating Jakarta’s congested city streets, so the engine only saw a slight re-tune to suit the custom 2-into-2 exhaust system. An all black paint scheme broken up by a checkered panels was the final finishing touch.
All up, it’s one hell of a Kawasaki ER6N build and we’re more than a little excited to see what our next build produces. Welcome THE HATCH!
- Body Custom by STUDIO MOTOR
- Painting & Airbrush by KOMET Studio
- Kawasaki Z1000 Upside Down Forks
- Ohlins Progressive Rear Shock
- Aftermarket Headlight
- Aftermarket Taillight
- Brembo Front Master Cylinder
- Brembo Hydraulic Clutch
- TK Japan 18X3.50 & 18X5.00 Inch (Front & Rear)
- Avon Cobra 130/60-18 & 200/55-18 (Front and Rear)
- 2 in 2 Custom Exhaust System by STUDIO MOTOR
STUDIO MOTOR Custom Bike