From the ground up: Foundry’s latest Kawasaki Z650 café racer

The problem with exceptionally tidy café racers is that they often belie the amount of work that’s gone into them. Just look at this Kawasaki Z650 café racer from the UK’s Foundry Motorcycle. On the surface, it shows the sort of considered craftsmanship that we’ve come to expect from Foundry’s Tom Simpson—but it took a lot of work to get to this point.

For starters, Tom didn’t have a whole lot to work with when the project kicked off. “Having seen our previous Kawasaki café racer, our customer got his build slot booked with us,” says Tom. “On schedule, he delivered the barest set of bones of any donor bike to date; a Z650 frame, forks, wheels, and a tank.”

Tom didn’t even get an engine with the bike, because the client had chosen to rebuild it himself. So Tom borrowed an ’empty’ motor from his previous Kawasaki Z650 café racer customer and mounted it in the frame as a placeholder. “With that, I had pretty much everything I needed to make a start,” he adds.

Working from a simple concept sketch, Tom managed to get the client to buy into the overall design. But the brief included some big asks. Foundry would have to fabricate a custom swingarm, an entirely new subframe, and a full stainless steel exhaust system.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: From the ground up: Foundry’s latest Kawasaki Z650 café racer
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Published Date: Wed, 02 Aug 2023 20:06:11 +0000


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