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Mark’s Kawasaki W650 “Lucille”

“Everything that wasn’t needed was taken away,” Mark Pearson says of his 2002 Kawasaki W650, “Lucille.” Pearson is a shed builder who wanted to “create the overall effect of a ’60s scrambler,” so he dispassionately stripped down the bike and selectively rebuilt it in his vision. He shortened the exhaust to run straight through, reshaped the stock fuel tank, swapped the rear shocks for piggybacks, nixed the original airbox, bolted on a pair of Biltwell handlebars with a simple single-bucket speedometer, and fit all of the electronics underneath a homemade seat. Pearson also handmade a skid plate and a front number plate, which houses a single LED day-runner headlight, and everything on the W650 is finished in satin black or midnight blue. Our favourite part of the build is its twin-leading-shoe front drum brake from a ’73 Suzuki GT750.

 

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