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Sanctuary's modernised Japanese classics

By Chris Newbigging -

Custom & modified bikes

 12 January 2011 15:34

Before reading this, take another look at these extraordinary Japanese-made specials - they're worth gazing at again. 

Made by Sanctuary in Japan, they’re just some of the examples of the workshop’s ability to turn Japan’s best superbikes from the 70s and 80s into technically-modernised machines retaining all the charm and style of the original. 

Z-series Kawasakis (and American market KZs) are the firm’s mainstay, but Honda’s double-overhead cam CB range also feel the wrath of Sanctuary’s angle grinder. Common to all of the firm’s specials are updated suspension, brakes, wheels and tyres, and usually some frame bracing for the flimsy original parts.

Read the complete story - with full details on all 3 bikes pictured - in this week's MCN, on sale Wednesday 12 January 2011.