Friday, September 07, 2012

Eric Bostrom’s Gary Nixon tribute Kawasaki Z1000 café racer

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Eric Bostrom's Z1000 cafe racer is a fitting tribute to the late, great, Gary Nixon's 1976 Kawasaki KR750 on which he finished 2nd in the 1976 Formula 750 world championship

Eric Bostrom, 36 years old, currently races in the AMA Superbike series. Gary Nixon, who won AMA Grand National Championships in 1967 and 68, passed away last year at the age of 70. Who’d think there would be any kind of connect between the two men, motorcycle racers from different eras. And yet, there is.

Eric currently rides for the Attack Performance Kawasaki team in AMA Superbikes, while Gary rode an Erv Kanemoto-tuned two-stroke Kawasaki KR750 to a second-place finish in the 1976 Formula 750 world championship. ‘Gary was a hero, and a legend,’ says Eric, of his late friend, in whose memory he’s built the Kawasaki Z1000 café racer you see here.

Eric teamed up with Lossa Engineering for his café racer project and together the two created the bike’s handmade fuel tank (made of steel), fiberglass front fender and tailpiece, billet wheels that mimic the appearance of the KR750’s hoops and a handmade Leo Vince exhaust system with three end cans – because the KR750 was, of course, a triple. The original wiring was replaced entirely for a cleaner look and a new chassis subframe was made from scratch. Bits like custom clip-ons, rearsets, Tommaselli levers, a Grimeca master cylinder and a smaller radiator, air pod filters and a Kawasaki Racing tachometer were also bolted on, to complete the 1970s look.

Eric’s Z1000 carries Gary Nixon’s racing number, 9. We don’t think Gary would be too unhappy about that.

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