The question with a tool-and-die maker turned motorcycle builder isn't whether or not something is possible, but rather which way to solve the problem. When you stare at parts and machinery for a living as Juan P. Munoz does, you develop the kind of mechanical wisdom amateurs can barely dream of.
Ol' Wompy's bike of choice is Kawasaki's venerable KZ. To understand why he calls his dream machine the OCD-KZ, peek at the details that make Wompy's bike so unique. Things like his wire-to-hydro front brake, speed hole brackets, floating exhaust baffle, handlebars, radiused mags, Delrin stacks and assorted other widgets and gizmos speak to the man's talent and make this old rice burner a one-of-a-kind.
Name: Juan P. Munoz
Location: Corona, CA
Bike name: OCD-KZ
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: '79 KZ650 with 4-into-1 headers, Mikuni 4-pack with dual K&N combo
Frame: Stock rake, custom welded-in triangulated hardtail, powdercoated bronze
Fork: Stock, lowered, right leg shaved
Chassis mods: All unnecessary tabs removed, BMX pegs, battery plate welded in
Tire/wheel size and style: 19"/16" Conti twins on stock 7-spoke wheels which I painstakingly rounded all the corners and painted black with polished lip
Favorite thing about this bike: Going 60-100mph and 60-0mph
Next modification will be: fork brace, top end rebuild & wiseco 700cc kit, bumping up the ponies to 77hp
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Front and rear Tokico brake adaptor brackets, rotor carriers and floating buttons; undermounted M/C; stainless bars; Kawi H1 modified perches; modified Sporty tank to match curve of frame; seat pan; adjustable fender struts; Delrin velocity stacks with dual-throat K&N's
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: I started this build March 2009 and had it on the streets in August, one week after Born Free 1. I stayed up til 5:00 am that Saturday, went to sleep for three hours and kept going but ran into a couple issues that grounded me. Bummed but determined to get it roadworthy I did so in time for the Street Chopper premier party at the Screamin' Chicken in Duarte, CA.
Thanks to: Aces Choppers for helping with the hardtail, Nunez Upholstery, Kelly at Morro's Cycles, and my friend Matt for helping with the TIG duties
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