Yup, we’ve gone and done it. As if we don’t already have our hands full with the Porsche build, we went out and bought a motorcycle to customize and hipsterize and terrorize the streets of LA with. This outta be good…
What we bought is a Kawasaki KLX300R. We choose this bike for a variety of reasons, listed below:
- It’s not a Honda CB something something. I.e., we can’t just bolt on parts to make something cool – we’ve got to actually fabricate. Which is cool.
- It’s a dual sport (or at least was converted into being road-legal by the previous owner), so we can ride anywhere and everywhere. Which is cool.
- Kawasaki is as close as I can get to my big Polish last name in a motorcycle manufacturer. Which is admittedly not cool at all, but my reasons are my own.
What we are going to do to it is as follows:
- NOT make a cafe or cruiser or chopper or bobber. Absolutely not.
- Make a badass offroad machine that is capable of scaling a mountain and still popping down the road for brunch on Sunday comfortably.
- Get rid of all the plastic and bright color scheme. We’re not Riff Raff, we like a more muted color scheme.
- Change out the seat, light, and exhaust. There will be countless other small tweaks that we’ll document along the way as we run into them.
Our custom KLX 300R will be ridden hard and dropped ruthlessly on back trails. It’s got to be able to put up with any and all abuse. But we are not interested in an offroad-only beast; we need an interesting bike with which to cruise around Los Angeles and upset small children. Follow along here as we build just such a machine.
You can read Part 2 now!