Bexton Craft Motorcycles is proud to offer up one of our one off builds that has been in the stable for the past 2 years. Feast your eyes on this faithful homage to the 70’s Kawasaki H2 Race Replica fielded by the legendary Gary Nixon during the 1976 FIM Formula 750 series. The Gary Nixon bike was built by legendary tuner Erv Kanemoto, this one by Bexton Moto in Cary, NC.
Below are the details of this build:
This started as a 2014 Kawasaki ex300 Ninja with ABS. It had only 54 miles on it when it arrived at the shop, with destroyed bodywork and a bent sub-frame. When delivered I was able to ride the bike up and down my street and it tracked true and ran straight without any issues. Off course everything was measured and checked out to be within stock OEM speck.
The build modifications:
The sub-frame was modified to fit the the H2 replica seat. The seat was lengthened by 2 inches and fashioned to but up against the tank and flow with the side covers. The seat is fiberglass while the side covers are made with 18 gauge steel plate. The tank is a stock unit with skirts added in 18 gauge steel. The fairing is a unit from a Yamaha YZ250 Race bike that was modified significantly to give it the H2 Race bike shape. It was widened at the bottom, while also adding additional strength all round with skirts that follows the straight edges of the original fairing giving it a factory looking finish. The entire bike was stripped down to the frame which was powder coated together with all the brackets and smaller parts. A custom dash board panel with fabricated and now holds the stock gauges. It has a single head light with micro turn signals in the front and integrated turn signals in the rear where it sports two led tail lights and an integrated license plate light to keep things legal.
The standard bolt on modifications:
A ZX6R upside down fork conversion kit for the ex300 was fitted and re-sprung with a spring for a rider weighing about 190 pounds. The kit retains the right side ZX6R brake caliper on a stock 300 Ninja rotor with a stock master cylinder. This conversion makes turn in quicker and shortens the wheelbase by 20mm. It has aftermarket billet adjustable clutch and brake levers mounted to Woodcraft clip-ons. It also has a fully adjustable 2006 Suzuki GSXR600 rear shock with correct spring rate for a 190 pound rider. The handling on this bike is absolutely phenomenal. It also has a full Yoshimura header and exhaust in carbon fiber. This is rounded out with a Fuel Moto FI-controller with a nice throaty map. It currently still sports the stock tires.
The bike was painted to resemble the Gary Nixon race bike. It uses Kawasaki Racing green with blue and pearl white accents. There are 2 small chips in the paint on the right hand side of the tanks and also on the left hand rear of the seat. Other than that the paint is perfect. Wheels were painted in 70’s era gold that matches the forks quite well.
It currently has 1267 miles on it and everything is in perfect working order. This bike is always garaged. It never fails to attract a crowd whenever I take it out for a ride. It also never fails to put a smile on my face. It is quite comfortable to ride (I am 5’11”) and I have taken it on several 100 mile plus rides. Being much lighter than a stock 300 Ninja the bike will easily do 100 mph. It is very light and nimble and handles incredibly well.
Cary, North Carolina, United States