The look of the cafe racer has always caught my attention. It’s mean, urban and simple. As far as custom builds go, it’s a great way to start. This follows the build from purchase to the final product.
Next was the fiberglass tail/seat section. The seats were constructed with wood, 2″ foam and some leather material from a hobby store. The green material is potting foam (extremely easy to shape and glue). The process is simple and extremely rewarding.
Now I’m making some notable progress. There are still some loose ends to put together..but starting to look like a real motorcycle! For those familiar with these bikes, it still utilizes the dry sump. I wanted to leave the frame section where the tank originally sits open, so I fabricated an oil tank to fit underneath the seat. It maintains the volume of the stock tank, and has built in baffling to prevent air from being pulled into the lines. I couldn’t find an aftermarket tank that fit in this location or addressed the issue of air in the lines…so I built my own.
After all the hard work, the bike was featured in Honda’s Red Rider magazine. It was quite the honor. Check it out on page 38: