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Custom of the Week: AC Sanctury’s ‘New’ Kawasaki Z1




THE NEW KAWASAKI Z900RS had barely broken cover when custom examples started popping up.

First Kawasaki Japan commissioned three builds from local workshops, then Kawasaki Australia handed one over to veterans Deus.

But there’s one name that’s curiously missing from the list: AC Sanctuary. The enigmatic Japanese powerhouse has proven time and time again that if anyone knows how to resto-mod a vintage Zed, it’s them.

If we had a direct line to Kawasaki Motors, we’d tell them to get a new Z900RS over to AC Sanctuary, pronto. And we’d use this show-stopping 1970s Kawasaki Z1 to plead our case.

Numbered RCM-431, it was built for a client in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo. He already owns a newer Zephyr 1100, so the AC crew knew that they’d need to step up the older Zed’s performance to match. Luckily ‘RCM’ stands for ‘Real Complete Machine’—so this Kawa’s had every upgrade imaginable thrown at it.

Everything now fits with millimeter precision, with rubber mounts added to damp any fairing vibration at speed. The bars are superbike items from POSH Japan, and there’s a digital speedo tucked behind the new screen. Functional items like turn signals and mirrors have all been updated to modern equivalents.

There’s enough going on under the hood to make sure this Zed has the ‘go’ to match its ‘show.’ Even though it says ‘900’ on the side, the engine’s been taken to 1,165 cc with a set of Wossner pistons. The rebuild was extensive, covering everything from honing the cylinders to balancing the crank.

The line between classy and kitsch is very fine when you’re working with gold, but AC Sanctuary have nailed the Z1’s livery. Every last finish on every last part of this Kawasaki has been thought of, with tasteful gold touches lurking everywhere, and an engine coating so clean you could eat off it.

Combined with the big four’s iconic oversized seat and tail section, it creates an old school vibe with a better-than-factory effect. Which is what AC Sanctuary excel at.

Isn’t it about time they got that call from Kawasaki?

This article originally featured on Bike Exif; extracts and photos are republished here by permission. Head on over to the original article for more glorious photography and details.

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Harley-Davidson release two new, old Sportsters



New Harley Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special come with new graphics, chrome and high bars.

There are a lot of new motorcycles coming out of the Harley-Davidson stable – at least one hundred by 2027 in fact, so we can expect a frequent flow of model revisions and changes to be revealed over the coming months and years.

The two new bikes announced today by Harley aren’t hugely new or exciting – but the new graphics are pretty sweet and ape-hanger bars are always worth clinging onto.

‘Since its inception, the Sportster has offered the perfect combination of size, power and character that makes it appealing to so many different riders’ -Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson V.P. of Styling & Design.

The Harley Sportster was introduced in 1957 and has now hit somewhere in the region of 30 varying production models. Along that time owners have got pretty used to stripping their bikes down and customising/re-inventing them. It’s this fact that Harley say they’ve used as inspiration for their two, new machines.

The Forty-Eight Special comes with a tiny 10 litre tank, new, steamroller front-end and 8 inch high Tallboy handlebars. Compared to the regular Forty-Eight, there’s also a lot more chrome.

The Iron 1200 features a ‘fast-back’ café seat, mini-ape black handlebars and a glossy black fly screen. It’s also got more range with a 15 litre tank and fancy colour paint/graphics. There’s also a lot less chrome and a lot more black.

So that’s two more of the 100 bikes out of the way.  And a new electric just around the corner


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Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle will be a ‘Revelation’ (according to trademark filings)



Harley-Davidson trademark casts revelatory eye into future of their electric motorcycle plans.

If you were to have said a year or so ago that arguably the world’s most famous motorcycle brand would be frequently linked with falling sales and financial woe then most people would have said that you were barking mad.

However, with recent stories of millennial woe and mounting board concern the immediate future of the famours Bar and Shield brand is far from certain.

With a commitment to releasing 100 new motorcycles over the next ten years however, the folks at Harley-Davidson motorcycles do at least seem to have a plan to tackle their problem, and – along with Indian Motorcycle – they are preparing to take that battle to uncharted territory.

Last month the news broke that Harley were looking to get their electric motorcycle out and onto the streets by the end of 2019 and now it would seem that we know a little more about what form that new electric technology might take. Or the name of it at least.

According to a recent trademark application filed with the United States Patent & Trademark Office then name that Harley Davidson will use to refer to their new electric drive-train technology will be ‘Revelation’.

The interpretation by our (genuine) friends over at Asphalt & Rubber is that this will not be the name of the final motorcycle however, but rather the name used to refer to the technology/motor itself.

We’re not sure if the final name of the electrified Harley will be that of the Livewire moniker attributed to its pre-production/concept that was produced as a test vehicle back in 2014, but the choice of ‘Revelation’ for the motor technology is an interesting one to say the least.

The company already uses similar sounding names for it’s Evolution’ and ‘Revolution X’ V-Twin engines, so ‘Revelation’ isn’t too far of a stretch for the imagination, but it’s certainly an interesting one…

The Book of Revelation in Christian faith is effectively an apocalyptic prophecy.

The notion that it will be the old, warhorse Harley-Davidson to be the first major manufacturer on course to release a production electric motorcycle could well be considered an event of almost biblical proportions.

Source: USPTO via Asphalt & Rubber

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