We have known Alvaro Dal Farra since we used to live in Italy way back in the year 2000. In fact the first time we ever hit a jump ramp it was with him towing us in to show us the speed! As well as being a top European freestyler for a while, he has always had an eye for design and attention to detail, but his custom Kawasaki KX 450 just takes it to a whole different level! Remember this a freestyle bike so it should be loud. Freestyle is as much about exploring new styles and standing out in order to get attention as it is about pushing the limits of what you can do on a dirtbike. The quality of the video is superb too!
“EVERY YEAR I’M ON THE LOOK OUT FOR THE LATEST IN TECHNIQUES AND STYLES WHICH CAN GIVE MY MOTORBIKE AN APPEAL THAT’S SECOND TO NONE.
AFTER MANY YEARS WITH KTM, THIS SEASON I GOT BACK ON THE SADDLE OF A KAWASAKI. IT’S A BIKE THAT I HAD ALREADY USED IN 2005 AND 2006, WHICH AT THE TIME WAS ALREADY CONSIDERED INNOVATIVE AND UNIQUE.
Motor: Kawasaki Kx 450 F 2015
Concept: Alvara Dal Farra
Graphics Research and Design: Codoro Studio
Mechanic: Andrea Casagrande (Pigna)
Spray painting: Michele Battistin
Anodising: Dedo Racing
Laser Engraving: Piazza Rosa
Graphics Printing: Black Bird Racing
Transfer Printing: Fedon Technologies
Screws, Nuts & Bolts: Litech
Components: Logica Motocross
Disc Brakes: Braking
Tyres: Dunlop MX 71
Technical Performance Service: Tm Suspensions – Tiziano Monti
Video and Pictures: Cristopher Breda
“Initially the design and planning took up from where I left off with the old 2006 KX; then I started to focus on producing something new, fresh and never seen before. That’s why I decided to follow the factory line with original colours of green and black, with a new interpretation. To achieve all of this and to avoid being too standard, I combined the use of purple. Purple is a colour frequently used by Kawasaki in the past and familiar to me, it’s noticeable and combines well with the other two colours on my Kawasaki.
Once the graphics were chosen I wanted to place importance on colours: the bike had to stand out. Thanks to the special paint with its unique adhesion qualities, the plastic and various parts were all coloured fluoro green. However green on its own wasn’t enough, and the final result would have been too overdone. At this point it was decided to use the water transfer printing technique on all of the fluoro components of the bike, inserting my personalised pattern composed of logos and graphics which represent my past and present (Da Boot, CMYK, Superpark, Ride to Party, Full metal Da Boot, etc.). The idea was to render the bike special while at the same time lightening the fluoro component which otherwise could have been too strong.
As far as the plastic is concerned, I wanted to highlight the hidden parts by inserting a pattern only in the internal areas where graphics are not usually displayed.
All of the parts in aluminium were anodised according to their position on the bike in green, black and purple so that they could be laser engraved with my personalised pattern. The laser gives it a touch of sobriety and precision on the components which is unique and creates an effect of perfection: special yet simple and linear at the same time.
Nothing was left to chance so a number of standard parts were substituted with various components. The screws, nuts and bolts were replaced with parts made of aluminium and titanium, while various technical parts such as the sump (oil pan) and the footboards were replaced with special parts.” – Alvaro
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