FZ750s day out

Towards the end of last year I sent the FZ up to Darley Dale home of Racefit exhausts to have some much needed pipe work. While it was there some shots were taken by Mat Dakin.

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Race Dust…..



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Yoshi Racer

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The Lucky7 FZ

I have always liked the first gen FZ750, the small fairing and original silver/red/black (it’s very dark blue actually) was so aesthetically pleasing to me, however those looks and the technology in the FZ were quickly bludgeoned by the blunt instrument that was the first GSXR. It’s easy to forget how quickly things moved in the bike world during the ’80 and in this age of worldwide austerity it’s also easy to forget that there was a time when bike manufacturers took risks and fought to be cutting edge, but I digress, back to the FZ.

I’d been looking for an early FZ for a while and it became quite clear that any 85 FZ was hard to find and it appeared good condition ones simply didn’t exist……. so I ended up buying this one. It really didn’t have much going for it though, non runner, some crash damage and it was miles away. It was a UK bike though with two owners and a pleasing amount of paper work and it was cheap! Having said that on the dark wet drive home the old adage about ‘a fool and his money’ kept echoing in my mind.

Project FZ was under way.

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The 86 TT F1 GSXR750 that Yoshimura campaigned in the Suzuka 8 hour is starting to take an unhealthy hold of my imagination, to the extent that there is now an early 750 frame sitting in the workshop. While the project FZ750 moves on at a (ahem) leisurely pace I am already sourcing parts for a TT F1 rep…………. might happen, might not.

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This belongs to another satisfied customer at least I think he is, we are still on talking terms. Nigel bought this 1100et as a complete but slightly tired runner as an antidote to his other show winning museum pieces, the idea with this bike was it was always meant to be a rideable classic, Nigel’s brief was simple but clear, uprated and sensible mods, a bike that starts on the button and is happy to tool along two up.

We think we achieved that. 1200 bandit front end but retaining the et headlight cowl and Renthal FatBars, bandit 12 rear wheel at the back with a set of slightly longer YSS shocks to raise the rear end a bit. The engine was rebuilt using a Wiseco 1170 kit and Dyna s ignition to complement the new Dyna coils, the cases were coated black by Camcoat. The pipe was built to Nigel’s spec. After jetting the engine fuels smoothly and produces just over 100 ponies at the back wheel. Fresh paint and a recovered seat finish the job off.

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Joel’s Streetfighter feature

Here’s a scan from a feature in Streetfighter magazine on a bike we built a couple of years ago. Joel Streetfighters 1.2 Joel Streetfighters 2 Joel Streetfighters 3.1 Joel Streetfighters 3.1 1

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Classic Mechanics Mag feature

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Blunt instrument

The Rush Deal Zed

Every now and then a picture of this bike will appear in one of the Japanese mags I get from time to time. I know very little about it but what I do know is it stirs some primordial desire in me that makes me clench my jaw.

I think it’s currently painted yellow to tie in with a Japanese clothing brand, I don’t think it can look any better than it’s original black though.

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Morning coffee.

Yes please.


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