Is it possible for a father and son team to work together on a project and end up with something nearly perfect? If you go by what you see on TV now a days, the answer would be no. The project would start out with all these great ideas from both father and son, then they would disagree on how things should be, then doors would get torn off hinges, and lawsuits would be filed, and end up with the son never talking to his dad anymore. What a mess! Right? But I happen to know for a fact that father and son can make something great together. If you don’t believe me then check this out. Chris Emmons decided to go full drag-bobber-custom on his 77 Kawasaki KZ650 back in 2010. Chris, going against the grain on this build, decided he'd ask his dad Steve to assist in the build, and the outcome was what will forever be known as the Emmons Flow. A sleek, sexy, well flowing bike that hit’s all the right notes in a perfect scale of custom bike bliss.
Chris and Steve started out with a scratch built frame that Chris jigged and welded up in his dad’s shop. They next warmed over and detailed the KZ650 engine with a set of cams and KZ1000 32mm smooth bore carbs. They topped it off with a custom open header style exhaust that Chris and Steve fabricated up. There are a ton of subtle touches that can be found throughout the frame and engine like the custom motor mounts Chris Machined and the forward controls he and his dad made. Chris and Steve also fabricated the hand clutch controls as well. From the chassis we go onto wheels and tires. The bike sports a KC International 16 x 5-1/2 60 spoke rear wheel wrapped in a Metzler 200-60-16 tire. The front is a KC International 21 x 2.15 60 spoke wrapped in a Metzler MH 90-21 tire. The front forks are off the stock KZ650 and have been de-bossed, smoothed and polished. They are topped with a set of Tripple Clamps Chris machined himself. The headlight is a Demon Cycles brand unit and the handle bars and controls were made by Chris and Steve.
We move on to more of that Emmons Flow with the cut and stretched KC International chopper tank. Chris and Steve fitted and flowed the tank into the seat pan that Chris made. They then had the seat covered by Shane Gamble. From the seat the flow moves onto the massive rear fender that was cut from a KC International fender blank and fitted up tight to that hefty 200 Metzler tire. Chris and Steve sent the tin work to Eric Klein to be sprayed Ford Metallic Platinum Grey, but When Eric got ahold of the factory Ford color he decided to take it up a notch. So he took it all the way to eleven! “Yes that was a Spinal Tap pun!” By adding more metallic and a hint of pearl and darkening it up a bit, the factory grey color became a very deep electric silver grey, and it flows perfect with the bikes design.