A Travis Lawson, Iron Spade Cycles bike that fell through the e-mail cracks….

..and shame on me.

You know I’ve got a very “confused” (long story) KZ650 sitting in my garage at the moment and looking some at of the bikes Travis has built has me inspired… Time to give the old gal some attention I think. I have a similar 750 top end and assorted mods but i think it’s back to stock for the engine (they were plenty fast really) for simplicity and reliability but something a lot different than stock with the chassis I think.

Here’s what he sent me back at he end of December.

I thought I’d send you these shots of a recently finished project I did for a close friend. Its a 1979 KZ650 that we punched out to a 810cc via Wiseco bigbore 10:1 comp pistons and a KZ750 cylinder. Quite a bit of custom fab was done for the GSXR1000 foot controls to mount as well as the ZX6 swingarm which is about 2″ longer than stock. The seat base is an Airtech designed for a CB750 and it fit right on with minimal cutting There is a 1/8″ alloy under tray that the seat base mounts to and hides all the electrics behind the custom alloy side covers. My buddy proudly served in the 82nd in Desert Storm so the paint scheme was even more fitting. Hope you like it. We’ll do a proper photo shoot this spring after a couple minor bugs are worked out of it.

I really like the seat work. I think the latest “Wrenchmonkee” flat-top style seat is getting a bit over done. This seems to fit the line of the bike better and those rearsets are a godsend since there are no proper aftermarket rearsets for the KZ650. Beats me why not.



    1. Iron city beer eh….rough lol.
      Thats dissappointing, was hoping I had a kz master here that could teach me how to build my 82 kz 1000 up.

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