A 1999 Kawasaki W650 made the perfect canvas for Spanish custom kings Fuel Motorcycles' latest build – the Fuel Catalina GP.
Inspired by the Triumph motorcycles that were typically ridden in the American deserts in the '60s, the bike has features a distinctive character that would have been of this period, oozing a charm and appeal that will turn the heads of all who are graced with its presence.
“The choice of the Kawasaki W650 was not accidental,” states builder Karles Vives. “Kawasaki locked in the retro look so perfectly that even Triumph fans often need a double-take to distinguish one from a period Meridian bike, so the W650 was perfect for out project.”
The original tank was kept and the seat unit was replaced with an item that would have been popular for bikes of the '60s with plenty of padding and room to move on the machine.
Adjustable fork internals from HFS replaced the stock offerings and gave the bike more off-road capability while YSS took care of the rear shocks. High-rise enduro handlebars and handmade off-road footpegs also helped the bike to handle better when it came to the rough stuff and allow the rider to stand for better control.
“The paintwork and stickers were added with a patina that would come from the passage of time so you have the impression of seeing a bike from the 60s” said Karles. “To get that vintage sled look just right, we also fabricated a pair of mid-height, shotgun styled exhausts that are completed with internal dB killers.”
Finishing the bike is a frame that will accept a saddle bag to carry those desert essentials and off-road tyres add that final touch to the W650.
It’s not all show and no go with this bike either. After its competition, the bike took part in Scram Africa – a 2,500km tour of North Africa that takes on dirt, dunes and mountain roads.
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