Alex Patrocinio is a faithful reader from Spain who is the publisher of El Diablo Magazine, a publication about our Kustom Kulture. From his headquarters in beautiful Barcelona, he sent me an email, a little bit shy and apprehensive, asking me what I thought about this 1975 Kawasaki KZ 400 that he had built as his daily city commuter bike and of course also as a promo tool for his publication. And I told him that I think that his custom Kawasaki is interesting to be seen by my own readers, at least for 2 reasons. First, during this global recession, and Spain is in a much worse economic situation than the US, more than ever a lot of cheap bikes are available and are perfect canvasses to continue building very cool customs. Second, although this El Diablo Kawa got a street tracker look, its treatment is also inspired by the japanese Brat Style: humble custom street bikes built from old machines (all brands) with a minimalistic approach and extreme sophistication in the details. Proof that the Japanese motorcycle building philosophy has spread its influence all around the world.
Being a motorcycle magazine publisher, Alex had no difficulties picking the right builder for this type of restoration/customization. Job was given to Fernando from Mad Crow Garage whose first tasks after complete bike disassembly was to completely rebuild the seized 2-cylinder engine, then to cut the frame to re-weld the rear tubes shocks, oration street tracker style and shaving it from all its unnecessary brackets.
During this time, Alex became an addict to both American & European eBay websites, browsing thousand of ads to find the right used or custom parts.The simplified tech sheet of El Diablo reads as follow. Gas Tank: Original Kawasaki modified. Rear fender: Triumph 5.00″. Custom Battery Box: Mad Crow Garage. Shocks: Universal 32 mm. Exhaust: Megaton Universal. Tires Rear/Front: Firestone Deluxe Champion 18×4. Headlight: Rinder (Agricultural Machinery). Handlebar: Original Kawasaki painted. Grips: Trial Vintage. Kick Pedal: Old School Brass Kicker. Taillight: East Eagle Vintage Drilled. Electrical System: Ultra simplified. Paint Job: “Mad Crow Garage”, “Welok Studio” & “Rocket 88 Hot Rod Speed Shop”