View Full Version : My Bike: 82' Kawasaki KZ 440 LTD

05-23-2010, 2:13 AM











Owner/Builder: John Major (San Diego, CA) Fabrication by Joel Guerra (Solo Cycles)

Bike Name: It doesn't have one -- yet! Suggestions?

Engine / Year & Make / Model: 1982 Kawasaki KZ 440 LTD (6 Speed / Belt Drive)

Tire/Wheel Size & Style: Kenda Challengers (110/90 - 19" front & 130/90 - 16" rear)

Mods, Etc: Fabricated rear seat rails, capped rear end, seatpan + mounts, battery box, custom chopped tank, "sphere" shaped electrical housing with a rubber push button starter on one side and ignition on the other (ignition + key is from a fork-lift), trailer fender and struts that attach to the sparto tag-light, hoop-rail that runs cleanly under the airpods, Triumph grips, stainless clip-on bars, Crime Scene Rapide headlight, alligator leather seat upholstery (pimpin'), gloss black powder coated wheels, CB750 master cylinder, Swiss Pegs by Rock's Chops, and Progressive shocks (no rhyme intended.)

This bike was a $200.00 Craig's List find. My Dad had finished his CB 350-Four "Cafe Racer" a few months prior to me finding this and seemed a little bored, so I thought I'd get him to take on a new project. The bike was very beat up, but the belt-drive seemed so odd to my Dad that it alone basically sold him on purchasing it. The guys who sold it to him even delivered it for no extra charge to our house. It turned out to be a great deal and the bike received a lot of love. In the end, my Dad ended up being so happy with this bike that he sold the Honda. This little thing RIPS and gets a lot of attention.

I was having some fabrication done to my Honda CB750A at the time and my Dad was so impressed by Joel Guerra's work that we decided to let him take the bike beyond the realm of stock. Both my old man and I were feeling the Bratstyle bikes at the time, we both kind of went with two different "versions" of 'em. Joel really kicked ass and helped bring to life my Dad's vision.

Future plans are to get the tank and fender painted and some custom pipes. From there it's anyone's guess.

05-23-2010, 10:15 AM
Thats one sleek and sexy machine my friend...

bike name... Black mamba?

So is the flask a functional part of the bike? extra fuel?

05-24-2010, 12:17 PM
Call it "Habu". That's a really cool brat build!

05-24-2010, 2:33 PM
That is the sickst headlight ever.

05-25-2010, 10:38 AM
Thanks guys.

The flask is actually just mounted using the pre-existing tabs for the gauges. It had been spray painted by someone, so after I wiped it down and polished it up, it kind of took on the look of the bike (the black caught in the corners and edges, giving it kind of a weathered look), so we decided it'd be a nice way to fill in the extra space. No function. :)

05-25-2010, 1:37 PM
I love the look of that headlight but the price is more than I'd pay. Very cool build.

05-25-2010, 2:06 PM
I'm with you on that -- If I hadn't had a bunch of people chip in on it for my old man's birthday, I wouldn't have bought it. Won't even buy it for my own ride, even though I do think it's pretty damn cool. Just thought it would be a nice finishing touch. But $300+? I could buy an old bike project for about that much!

05-25-2010, 4:39 PM
Damn! I love it!!! That looks like SO much fun to ride!

05-25-2010, 6:16 PM
oh, yes. daddy likey!

05-23-2011, 11:58 PM
Love the bike, I'm running a similar setup on mine. I was wondering what you had your jets at?

08-28-2011, 10:36 PM
So fellow Chop Cult member 'YOURADHERE' was cool enough to send me a scan of the 440 in this month's issue of The Horse:

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I like it all clean and painted up, but also dug the hell out of it raw and black! It's definitely a great example of a 'Brat Style' bike in terms of how the frame was done. It's gonna be up on the market soon and I was tempted to just buy it off the old man, but don't have the dough right now. If any one in Southern Cali is interested in buying it, hit me up or look out for it on Craigslist.