Reader Ride! Kawasaki Zephyr 550. One of my Favorites!

 I’ve always had a soft spot for the Kawasaki Zephyr line of bikes. A very refined version of the original Z and KZ line.

Zach Brandt writes in:

Hi, been a fan of your page for the last couple of months. Thought I’d send in a few pics of my Zephyr 550 project bike. Started out as a homely old craigslist find that I learned to ride on. Project originally intended to just be a fork rebuild and new chain then tuned out to what you see here. I had a lot fun picking everything out, but I could have never anticipated the amount of admiration this little thing gets. Keep up the good work on your page!

Thanks Zach!

The before Pic!



  1. Had a 550 Zephyr as my first bike bought new and dry. I even had a friend ride it home for me, only to let my buddy take it for a ride around the block. I think you know how this story ends. Scrrrrrratch…! I now have a 750 Zephyr and want to cafe it out. Love the pods and pipes on yours.

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