The Kawasaki Zephyr was built during the retro/naked bike boom of the 1990s, with styling that recalled the mighty Kawasaki Z1 of yore. The blend of 70s style and 90s tech was a success. The Zephyr 750 offered a 71-hp air-cooled inline four that tuned for low and midrange power — perfect sporty street riding.
Enter Paul and Linda of November Customs, located in the Northeast of England. Their project started with a desire to build handmade monocoque bodywork and “it snowballed from there.” The result is the most incredible Zephyr cafe racer we have ever seen — covered in hand-formed steel bodywork, with upgraded suspension and brakes.
Below, we get the full story on the build, along with some killer shots from @thewrongspeed.
Kawasaki Zephyr 750 Cafe Racer: Builder Interview
Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
We are a couple of shed builders from the Northeast of England. Paul a time served engineer he has been messing with bikes for the last 30 odd years he has bikes in various magazines over the years also. Linda has always had a passion for bikes and when we met more than a few years ago, she brought her artistic background into the bike design/building.
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
Kawasaki 750 Zephyr 1992.
• Why was this bike built?
Just to see if we could make a monocoque bodywork it snowballed from there.
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
Cafe racers endurance racers of old and a trip to Brooklands.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
Triumph Thruxton wheels, Triumph 675 discs, Ducati 848 forks and yokes made to fit the Kawasaki headstock. Ducati 748 clip ons, Brembo callipers, and radial master cylinders from an Aprilia.
Bespoke handmade mechanical anti dive. We converted the cable operated clutch to hydraulic clutch. Korso digital speedo, CB900 swinging arm. We made the sub frame and made the seat to suit.
YSS shocks. Brembo back caliper on a custom hanger with bespoke brake torque arm. Thruxton disc mounted on a spacer to run a twin opposed piston calliper. Aprilia RS4 rear sets.
The body work is all handmade steel and made into a monocoque with twin filler caps although only one is used as such. These were also made by us.
Modified Fireblade screen brace. Ignition barrel relocated under the seat to clean up the front end. One off wiring loom. Hand turned billet bell mouths.
Leather seat was also made by us. The paint is by Northeast auto body & paint. All engineering and metal work is done in house by November Customs.
• How would you classify this bike?
Cafe Racer, Endurance
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
Seeing as we had no clear direction on the bike really proud how it has turned out altogether.