The MAD MAX KAWASAKI KZ1000 is a replica that is shown here.

USA: A motorcycle with the Mad Max effect usually evokes a very specific image in people's minds. However, not all the cars in George Miller's dystopian film series were death traps rusted in scrap metal. Remember the 1977 Kawasaki KZ1000 Highway Patrol bike driven by MFP Officer Jim "Goose" Rain in the first Mad Max movie?

Goose's bike was initially built specifically for the film by La Parisienne in Melbourne, drawing design cues from the Bol d'Or-style endurance racers of the era.

Highlights of this vehicle included a high front fairing, a boxy tail section, alloy wheels, and a sleek silver and blue paint job, a far cry from the garish look of the later Mad Max sequels.

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Tiago Gonsalves and Luis Costa of Unique Editions in Lisbon, Portugal created this exact replica. And the plan to build it was actually thought of as a joke.

In the shop, Tiago recalls, "We had a 1981 Kawasaki KZ1000, and a passing friend asked if we knew this bike was the same model from the 1979 movie Mad Max. Of course, we knew, and he One of the things that made the bike so attractive was that he suggested in a lighter vein that it might be fun to copy the bike.

The main goal of Unique Edition is customization, as suggested by their name. However, they also do restoration work and don't mind making the odd replica.

“Of course, we enjoy the whole creative process of creating and developing the pieces, but most of all, we enjoy the challenges and honing the art,” says Tiago.

Two weeks after being inspired, Tiago and Luis drag the entire crew into the workshop and show them the first film to get them in the mood. The replica of Unique's Goose was completed after a year.

It took him a full year to make an exact replica of the bike from a 43-year-old film. There are body kits for Goose's KZ, but the project needs more than just a few add-on components. And Luis and Tiago were adamant about nailing down every last detail.

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Unique's donor bike was a 1981 model, not a 1977 model like the movie bike, which presented an additional challenge. Therefore, nothing could fit without at least a little tinkering.

The fairing and tail sections that Unique was able to import are a good example. Both were exact replicas of the originals, but the team had to make new brackets to fit them on the more recent KZ models.

According to reference material, the only part of the seat pan that is padded is the bottom, and there is storage space in the rear hump.

The Unique also had to replace the side covers. To fit the donor bike, he found and modified a pair of fiberglass reproduction items.

Another difficulty was installing the fuel tank correctly. The crew searched for a tank that would work, but the backbone of the 1981 frame was too wide for it. To rectify this, he gave a new shape to its tunnel.

Fortunately, the alloy wheels that came on the 1981 KZ1000 were an exact replica of the Lester wheels on the movie bike, so they could be kept. But unlike the movie, the front fender of the donor bike was painted, not chromed. Unique had stripped the paint and chromed it.

The entire build reflects this obsessive style. Consider the turn signals, which are brand new but unique stem mounted where they sit on Goose's bike.

Next comes the exit. It was made specifically for this bike by Unique, who took care to make sure the four-into-two headers crossed over each other just as they did on the original bike.

A stunning silver and blue paint job, which reportedly took some work to get right, completes the build. The blue lights and siren are genuine former police parts, while the stickers are from a kit of replica stickers.

You have to be a fanatic to notice a minor detail that doesn't quite match.

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It was a long discussion, says Tiago, but the only thing we changed was the rearview mirror. The mirror was originally on the right because the film is set in Australia, where people drive on the opposite side of the road from people in Europe. The left wing was changed for obvious reasons.

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