After my review a few weeks ago of Cafe Racer: the Motorcycle, Kim Scholer, one of our regulars, sent along this photo of a featherbed framed Kawasaki triple. The featherbed frame has seen a lot of engine transplants, singles, twins of all types and Triumph triples, among others, but I can’t recall ever seeing a Kawasaki 2 stroke triple. The Kawasaki triples were not known for their handling, well, actually they were, it just wasn’t the kind of notoriety they were hoping for, putting one of these into a featherbed frame makes for an interesting mix.
It’s not the first time we’ve seen a Japanese/British transplant, there was this Yamaton, a Yamaha engine in a Norton frame, at Mid Ohio this past summer.
UPDATE: I stand corrected. According to this comment below by Gary, the Yamaton is mostly Yamaha, except for the tank and a few other pieces. Interesting! Thanks for the info, Gary!
I also mentioned another Norton Kawasaki a couple of years ago, using the engine from a 1968 Kawasaki W2. Very nice!
The old featherbed frame will accept almost any engine a builder has lying around and with a bit of cafe styling, always seems to look good in the process.