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The Tokyo Motorcycle Show | Events

The Tokyo Motorcycle Show is always a chance for Japan’s best tuners to show off their latest ideas.

Aftermarket parts maker Doremi led the charge this year with a trio of specials that cashed in on the popular retro theme.

First up was a selection of Kawasaki Z900RS machines. Although the stock bike is already a call-back to the old Z1 900, Doremi is developing bolt-on kits to conjure recollections of the later Z1000.

Examples on show included an Eddie Lawson replica, with bodywork tweaks to hark back to the #21 Z1000 he rode to victory in the AMA Superbike Championship in 1981. Changes include period-style ‘Morrismag’ wheels (replicas of the original American Morris alloys), a matte-black four-into-one pipe, a new seat, and new side and tail bodywork. Even the road-going elements are altered to fit the early-80s style, with an overstuffed seat and big, rectangular indicator units.

But this was a mild makeover compared to Doremi’s second Z900RS, with a supercharger added to the mix, as well as more extreme bodywork to mimic the 1979-80 Z1000 MKII, including the right style of tank, side panels and tail unit, a period seat and chrome front fender. However, the suspension remains the modern stuff that’s standard on the Z900RS.

The supercharger kit, a pre-production prototype by Kawasaki specialist MS-Sailing, should up the power considerably, though no figures were provided. The decision to swap out the stock bike’s modern wheels and tyres (120/70-17 front, 180/55-17 rear) for narrower, taller 18-inch rims and 2.75in front and 4.5in rear rubber might add to the period style, but it’s not going to help when it comes to coping with the extra power. 

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Doremi’s show bikes weren’t just from Kawasaki. The firm also showed its latest conversion for the Honda CB1100 RS, adding a fairing and new tail bodywork to give the style of an early ’80s CB1100R. Both half-faired and full-faired versions are being developed. Once again, the depth of the conversion included period-style lights and indicators

Looking for that classic Honda CB1100R look but in a modern bike? Better start saving and get in touch with Doremi Collection of Japan

By Ben Purvis