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Bill Wallace Jr.'s 2002 Custom Kawasaki Mean Streak

February 28, 2007
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Owner: Bill Wallace Jr.
City/State: Kansas City, Missouri

General information
Model: Kawasaki VN 1500 Mean Streak
Fabricated by: Bill Wallace Jr.
Chromed by: KC Chrome
Paint/Molding: Chris Cofield of CC Custom Graphics
Color: P51 Mustang WWII Fighter Plane

Engine and Transmission
Displacement: 1470cc (89.70 cubic inches)
Engine type: V2
Stroke: 4
Power: 72.00 HP @ 5500 RPM
Torque: 79.7 ft.lbs @ 3000 RPM
Compression: 9.0:1
Bore x Stroke: 4.0 x 3.5 inches
Fuel system: Injection
Air Cleaner: Power Flow (left & right) by D&M Custom Cycles
Valves per cylinder: 4
Starter: Electric
Gearbox: 5-speed

Physical measures
Dry weight: 637.1 pounds
Seat height: 27.6 inches
Overall height: 43.3 inches
Overall length: 94.9 inches
Overall width: 33.5 inches
Ground clearance: 4.9 inches
Wheelbase: 67.1 inches

Chassis and dimensions
Front tire dimensions: 120/70-ZR17
Rear tire dimensions: 180/55-ZR17
Front brakes: Dual disc 12.6 inch diameter - chromed in '06
Rear brakes: Single disc 11.8 inch diameter - chromed in '06

Speed and acceleration
Top speed: 115 mph
Power/weight ratio: 0.2491 HP/kg

Other Specifications
Bars: 1 1/4” diameter 6” rise, 31” width, 6” pullback
Headlight: Stock
Speedometer: Stock
Front fender: Stock
Rear fender: Taillight, license plate & turn signal removed & new metal replaced & smoothed out
Tailight: 24 L.E.D. under rear fender
Pegs: Kurakyn Stiletto w/matching stirrups
Gas tank: 6 gallons with all emblems removed and smoothed out
Seat: Mustang 2-piece vintage seat w/studs
Grips: Kuryakn Stiletto w/Throttle Boss

Other Information
The paint scheme is a tribute to my Uncle who flew the p41 and p51 Mustangs in WWII. Chris Cofield with CC Custom Graphics painted the bike from the last known picture of my uncle’s plane and pictures I gathered from that same timeframe. I especially liked the shark nose cone on the p41, but the p51 was known best for flying in the invasion of Pearl Harbor. The exhaust custom tattooing was created by Cradin’ High Performance Coatings in Boerne, Texas to look like 50-caliber machine guns. Uncle Smitty was shot down while flying ammunition across enemy lines during the invasion of Normandy and was a POW for 14 months. He escaped and returned home to receive a Purple Heart. He married my aunt and became wealthy after selling acres of land now known as Branson, Missouri. He past of cancer a year before the bike was completed and unfortunately never saw it completed.

The left side has German kill markings with a German Swastika in the eye of the shark and the right side has Japanese kill markings with a Japanese Zero in the eye of the shark. Serial numbers on the side of the gas tank represents my son’s birth date and age at the time it was painted and “W” is for Wallace. The next set of numbers below represents my mother’s birth month and year, my father’s birth month and year, and 3 of 1949 is when they were married. All painted yellow arrows represent hydraulic access and all red painted rectangles represents electrical access. The message on the gas tank it in front of seat reads: “Emergency oxygen pull out and suck,” which people get a kick out of.

Special Thanks to Duncan the general manager and Larry in parts at Liberty Cycle Center for the sale and help with customizing my bike and allowing us to use their facility for the photo shoot.

Photos by Mike Schweder and Stripe

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