I came across this piece from…where else but the Internet! Its very inspiring to run across a story of survival and improvisation. Making lemonade out of lemons, so to speak. Sometimes, its more beautiful, the second time around
Bill Webb is an artist. He co-owns a Frisco agency called Huge Design, and he is also a motorcycle addict. His daily ride was a wicked looking 1995 Kawasaki ZX7 Ninja… until it was stolen from him. Fortunately for him, the bike was recovered after a couple of weeks, but it was in a sorry state. It was essentially stripped of almost all components, but was still working. Creative juices and inspiration flowed in and Bill decided to just rebuild the Ninja in his own style.
He decided to rebuild it with a tremendous amount of ‘café fighter’ style. And being an industrial designer who works for clients like Nike and GoPro, he’s got the right idea.
Most superbikes look cluttered once the fairings are off, exposing the wiring and chassis. He got rid of all non-essential stuff and decided to design a new sub frame, one that will complement the look and actully work as a café. Bill designed a sub frame using a 3D CAD program, and had it machined out of a block of aluminum.
The sub frame is now topped with a Ducati 1098 seat, with the harnesses hidden in a box under. A refined LED sliver does lighting duties. Other accessories like a Harley V-Rod headlight, a newer model radiator and a GP-style muffler mix in harmonious aesthetic design that actually works.
All the mechanicals are stock, aside from a little but much appreciated suspension lowering. This Ninja 750 has 120 bhp available so there’s a slight need for K&N filters or hotter cams. This, and a considerable weight reduction, makes this a pocket rocket.
This is a fine example of mechanical and design innovation. I actually think that this looks-and runs better than the original Ninja. When like gives you lemons, make a café racer!
Pics: www.bikeexif.com and www.huge-design.com