Dave Aldana sporting the bones leathers aboard a Yoshimura Kawasaki Z1. Alongside the red A on his helmet, the black leathers with a white skeleton print became a trademark for the American legend, breeding folklore that the wild child of flattrack racing was threatened by the AMA to stop wearing the gothic garb.
Alpinestar recently came out with their “Human Anatomy” or “Organ Donor” that was inspired by David Aldana’s leathers.
My buddy sent me pictures of this bike over the weekend and I have been itching to put it on my blog. He found it on a German Streetfighter forum with a 160+ page build thread! (linked)
Skimming though the forum it looks like the owner is a engineer/machinist because he fabricated nearly everything from scratch in his machine shop. Truly, there isn’t a piece on this bike that isn’t custom. I wish I had some engine specs and knew how much power it put out, but regardless this thing must be a handful to ride!
Not sure what the front end is off but can tell the swingarm is of a 06-07 ZX-10R and he probably used the 81-82 GPZ1100 fuel injection.
One bad Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR track bike putting out 145hp at 9600rpms. This early 80s bike will put most current sportbikes to shame and that puts a smile on my face!
- 1170 ccm, Pistons done are JE according to my drawings (shorter than stock) - H-profile Carillo rods (longer than stock)according to my drawings - Intake valve 39mm - outlet valve 33mm - J-model head ported and modified to suit 11:1 compression ratio - UT cam followers and special valve springs - Web Cams, grind no 109 - dual plug head - Mikuni RS36 - exhaust done by a friend and titanium muffler from Akrapovic - etc, etc
“To be honest it is much more fun to ride the ELR on the track than any other bike I tried .” Cheers Henrik
The MOST dangerous race in the world. TT Isle of Man. Gives me goose bumps just watching these bikes fly by at 200mph on city streets. I can’t even imagine riding it and wouldn’t have the balls. RIP to all that have fallen.
Chopping up a $70,00 Ducati Desmo wouldn’t be my first choice of a flat tracker, but WOW… Roland Sands did a beautiful job on this bike!
“The RSD Desmo Tracker is finally finished, tested and thrashed just enough to ensure she’s ready to do battle on the streets of San Diego. The Desmo Tracker was a difficult build in many ways. As you can imagine digging your hands into the Mona Lisa is not done without a measure of respect and reserve. But this is how we approach most of our builds as we attempt to retain what is best of the original design and to explore ways to improve or change the function of the machine in a way the new owner would like to enjoy his machine. The words Moto GP and Dirttrack couldn’t be further from the other in terms of function and aesthetic on two wheels. Our job was too blend the two into something that could be at home on the show room floor ready for public consumption with a push button starter, comfortable egro’s, street and dirt worthy suspension, lights and 180 plus horsepower on tap. We feel we have obtained that goal.”
My name is Sean Eurich and I am an industrial designer with a passion for motorcycles and design. I am a big Kawasaki fan and love dragracing. I like sport bikes, drag bikes, vintage bikes, and custom bikes. Most of these images do not belong to me.