Art hard at work on this 1986 BMW R80RT monoshock for Otaku South’s Brad Gavigan.
The bike that started it all…
Art began this build after taking a leap of faith & leaving the corporate world to follow his passion for motorcycles. Commissioned by Troy Steakhouse, he found this 1981 CX500 in a yard for $300 & set to work. Every piece of this bike was done by Art, down to the paint. Countless hours spent in the garage turned a passion into a career into the family that is now Atlas Motorworks
Atlas Moto’s first restoration is complete!
This 1980 Kawasaki KZ1000 came to us from Kenneth Claud on behalf of his brother, Larry Claud, a former motocross team rider for Nashville legend Ray Dey.
The KZ1000 series is iconic to the Atlas family. From Max Rockatansky chasing down Nightrider and his moto gang in the first Mad Max to Ponch and Jon cruising the California coast in ChiPs, we’ve always had a love for this bike.
The project was spearheaded by our own Patrick Ryan & Taylor Pyburn, sourcing a majority of the parts direct from Japan. Powder coating was done by Mr. Speed Coatings of Goodlettsville, TN, bringing the engine back to factory specs. A full rebuild on the front end, including carburetors, as well as a Vance & Hines 4 into 1 exhaust has this black beauty breathing easy once again.