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Ninja 750

My current bike is a 1993 Kawasaki Ninja ZX750. I picked it up in great mechanical condition, but cosmetically it had been laid down a couple times and was a hideous early 90's green/blue/pink paint scheme. Nothing a little time and effort couldn't fix.

Since this bike has a healthy dose of power, I focused on the appearance. I did all the body work and painting myself, mostly as a learning process. This involved carbon fiber reinforcement of the fairings, bondo & glazing putty, and a applying a 15 step commercial catalyzed finish in "2006 Dodge Viper Blue" and black. As a final project in a CNC machining course at the University of Washington, I designed and made a custom brake fluid reservoir for the bike as well.







Here is the "before" shot of the bike, taken the day I bought it. Bright green rims were definitely a thing of the 90's.
The first step was to strip the bike of its signals, mirrors, and 10 or so fairing pieces
An example of the many damaged areas that needed to be fixed. This is a mounting inset for one of the lower fairings that was previously held on by duct tape.
Dry carbon fiber fabric, cut to shape and ready to laminate behind the same mounting inset.
After the epoxy had set, bondo is applied liberally and sanded to shape.
Several parts drying in my paint booth just after the final clear coat
Custom brake fluid reservoir body being hogged out of billet aluminum by a CNC mill.
Brake fluid reservoir assembly just before powder coating.
All this bodywork was a long process, but I learned a lot and it was all worth it in the end. (Here: at Discovery Park near Seattle)