Sometimes, destiny intervenes in the most mundane activities. Australian engineer Edi Buffon customizes motorcycles when he’s not at work. On his way to pick up a pair of Honda CB900s when the seller threw in a KZ Kawasaki that had been lying in the weeds on his property. The bike wasn’t running, but Edi still saw potential.
With only 17,000 miles showing on the odometer, Edi was curious as to what was wrong with the bike. Opening it up, he found the engine to be in excellent condition, but the CDI was faulty. Edi repaired the motor, the section of the frame that held the engine, and the rear wheel before tossing the rest. Then he started building from raw materials.
Edi built a chromoly rigid frame and added in a leaf sprint front suspension. The triple trees attach to the leaf, which Edi claimed from an old trailer. The curve of the spring matched the 21-inch spoked front wheel perfectly. While the rear wheel is original, the 5.00 tire is not. Edi also made a tank from sheet metal to match the frame’s lines.
For the seat, Edi lined a piece of sheet metal with Jarrah wood, which he stained and waxed. For comfort, Edi added a seat suspension made from a spring that had originally been used for the mechanical seal of a water pump. Edi swapped out the toe-operated clutch and rear brake for heel operated versions.
It’s a far cry from the weed patch.