Bike of the Month Jan 2012.
Owner: Andrew Ferry (Fer's) KZ1000j from the z1ownersclub in the UK.
This bike was originally featured nearly 3 years ago when the site just started
out, It was our second bike of the month to be featured here, And at the time very
few pictures were available as Fer, (to his friends, so that's Mr. Ferry to you
and I) Said simply when asked "what do I need photo's for when I have the bike in
my living room and all I need to do is turn my head to look at it!". Well you
really can't argue with that can you.
Luckily the bike was featured in Classic Motorcycle Mechanic's in September 2009
and the good people there sent me the photo's from the shoot, So after selfishly
keeping them to myself and going through many boxes of tissues I've decided to
share them and re visit this amazing creation that still inspires many people and
their project bikes today. This bike was what inspired my more modern looking
version of the kz1000j1 Race Bike with Busa front end and matching modern rear,
Mr. Ferry is the Scottish rep for the Z1 Owners Club, and he still to this day
has his first Z1000 he bought at the age of 19 way back in 1979, He has a long
history of modifying Kawasaki's stretching back over 30 years and has a good eye
This Replica of the 1981 number' 21' race bike started out as a dream and a
Kawasaki Z1OOOJ rolling chassis that Andrew Ferry bought In 1995,
I wanted to build the closest thing to Eddie Lawson's 1981 race bike that I
could, He says, A Real Eddie Lawson's replica!
It took Andrew 13 years to build the bike, which Is 22kg lighter than an 1100R.
With certain things on the original Lawson race bike, such as the swing arm, huge
disc's, piggy back shocks and billet bottom yoke these are iconic, and to get the look,
Andrew had to get the parts sourced or custom made .
Harris Performance made the swing arm with built in catch tank,
Works Performance made the shocks to my specification, he says.
The disc's were made to spec by Trade Direct,
and the bottom yoke is genuine KZ1000S1. bought In the States,
Dymag supplied both 18 inch wheels,
the rear section of the frame was removed, along
with any other tabs and brackets that weren't needed. As with the race bike the
rear engine spacer was welded up and steering stops welded on.
The fuel tanks Is a US Spec KZ1000J1,
Note the tank badge is a decal to save weight.
and all the other bodywork is carbon fibre. Including the number boards,
Then painted in "81" style by Bike Paints.
Scitsu tachometer and Renthal Bars.
Cylinder head has eight plugs and a bigger one piece stainless steel valves,
The cam's are .425 webcam,
The crankshaft has been welded and the connecting rods polished and balanced,
The taper has been modified to take a triumph generator,
The crankcase oil returns are welded up and the outer casings have been cut down.
and a boyer powerbox in used, there is no battery.
The carburetors are 33mm CR Specials Keihin Racing Carb's, complete with bell
they are operated by a Quick action throttle.
We will be featuring a different bike each month on kz1000r.com
that we feel is deserving of the title "Bike of The Month."
Check back often to see what our pick is.
To nominate or submit your own bike for "Bike of The Month."
Send some info on yourself your bike and loads of pic's bigger the better.
PLEASE SEND IN YOUR INFO IF YOU ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO OWN ONE OF THESE BIKES!
I really want to bring THIS Registry up to date so accurate number's left in circulation can be made available,
this will intern help us get a true market value for insurance purposes.
Please include the chassis number and the month of production printed on the headstock of your bike.
Your name and location. and most importantly a picture's of your bike.