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KOSMOSAKI Duane Ballard Custom Leather

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In the words of Duane Ballard: After selling the Pink Taco bike, I knew I wanted to build another bike; I just wasn’t sure what to start with. My buddy Alex found a 1981 KZ1000 police bike next to a shop in Elsinore, California, and said the guy would take $200 for it. I couldn’t pass up a donor bike that was so cheap, so an hour later it was in my garage. The plan was to build something with what I had learned from the last two bikes. The pink bike was crazy looking but not the most comfortable to ride for long distances. I put a few hundred miles on it one day, and I figured out why those style bikes aren’t ridden much. The uni-body construction made for a super-stiff ride. So I knew I needed to do something more like the Funkenstein Honda I have. I got ahold of Paul at Spitfire Motorcycles, and he was in for the frame and girder front end. He also happened to be sitting on a set of 85th anniversary H-D wheels. The tank wasn’t as easy though.

Built In: U.S.A. Bike Style: Retro Diggers

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Kosmosaki Bike Specifications – Duane Ballard Custom Leather

Class Styling Retro Diggers
Exposure/Publication Magazine Cover Bike, Born Free
Gastank Custom One Off Gastank
Motor Brand Kawasaki
Motor Config In-line 4
Motor Size (metric) 1000cc
Paint Color(s) Blue, White
Seat DB Leather
Suspension Rear Rigid / Hardtail