2000 Kawasaki Drifter 800

What was your intended objective when you started the build?

To show that it’s not always what you add to a bike, but also what you remove.

What motivated you to start your project?

  • I was thinking about how riders, back in the 1940s, took old bikes and stripped them down to better suit their needs and wallets.

 

What was the most unique and creative thing you did to the bike?

Creating a bike that is so different visually, but still could be changed completely back to stock in a few hours. Why you would ever want do that, I don’t know? I modified another stock tank and  the only permanent change was one hole drilled and tapped in the frame for exhaust mounting.

What are you most proud of?

I had never built an exhaust before, but with a bunch of black plastic fitting, I mocked it up and built it out of a few u-bends, a MIG welder and a bunch of grinding wheels.

I also took a stock fuel tank and welded steel rod along the lower seam of the tank. This allowed me to use a minimal amount of filler to blend in that unsightly seam so many manufactures seem to use. This made the tank have a much “fatter” look, which really changed the profile of the tank.

What do other people say about your motorcycle?

Time and time again, they think it is an old bobber from the forties. They have NO idea what it is!

 

 

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