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Wena Customs R80ST Cafe Racer

‘Wena Customs is a bunch of friends, who are not afraid to dream and consequently make dreams come true.’

That’s a hell of an introduction but tells you everything you need to know.
You may know them for their award winning bike ‘Twister’ based on a CX500. What you see here is their latest commission, there follow up.

This low slung, stretched out, sleek missile started its life as a BMW R80ST which at some point in its life had received some café racer love.

Sven, The bikes owner, had seen the award winning Twister and thought it would be a good idea to drop in on Wena customs. He was soon amongst friends and received the very best of attention.
The team at Wena took time to carefully understand what makes Sven tick, and the result was this.

They focused on a sleek, low stance with a smooth, understated look.
To make this happen, the oversized standard tank had to go. Its replacement came in the form of a small but perfectly formed Yamaha RD50 tank.

Next on the list was the seat unit and subframe. To flatter the lines of the narrow, stretched out RD50 tank, a new, fully upholstered seat unit was designed and the diagonal subframe supports removed. A stronger subframe was fabricated and the end result looks like the seat unit is unsupported, floating.
After the large cosmetic changes were done and the true attitude of the build had been realised, Wena  started with some of the detailed changes that really separate the men from the boys in this kind of build.

The large, ugly, plastic airbox had to go as a matter of urgency and a seductive, aluminium replacement was sourced.
Stance was high on the list of priorities so the front forks were shortened and mounted in a custom made top yoke while the rear is suspended on an adjustable rear shock. The bike sits low, straight and purposeful. The forks also received special attention, having the reflector mouldings machined back, further enhancing the clean, minimalist look.

The frame has been cleaned with unnecessary items such as the centre stand removed and the entire frame has been smoothed and powder coated.
Power comes from the strong 797cc, 4 valve, flat twin boxer engine which has been disassembled, cleaned, powder coated and reassembled in better than new condition.

With such a dramatic and striking look, it’s easy to overlook the details and there are lots.

Check out the motogadged bar end indicators and beautiful rizoma levers and mirrors. Look at that elegant Custom Chrome exhaust. Take a moment to drink in the brushed aluminium speedo basket machined from an aluminium billet.

Just about every nut, bolt and component has been replaced along the way; new brake lines, new clutch link, new grips, switches, master cylinder and many many more details.
The tank has been expertly painted to replicate the patina of an old tank and there’s even a tribute to its Yamaha origins with a subtle, patina’d speed block design.

Wena have created something very special for Sven, he’s a very lucky guy. He rolled in with a perfectly acceptable R80ST Café racer and rolled out with this exquisite, seductive realization.


Royal Enfield – Mo Powa

DSC_0505Royal Enfield’s have been standard fair on the menu of motorcycle custom houses for decades.
Think of a flavour and someone, somewhere will probably have made it out of a Royal Enfield.
Fast, slow, off road, on road, low, high and everything in between, to say the Royal Enfield brand is versatile doesn’t do it justice.

Royal Enfield have been manufacturing motorcycles of various kinds since 1899 and are credited with the longest production run of any motorcycle, the Bullet, which has been in continuous production since 1931.

DSC_0583bThey say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but they don’t say anything about an old dog teaching us new tricks. Royal Enfield have taken the opportunity to do just that. Prepare to be educated.

The basis for this lesson is the Classic 500, a post war styled bike, traditional, sedate, pretty and unassuming.

From front to back, there is little that hasn’t been uprated, upgraded or modified to transform this post war cruiser in to a drag inspired, post-apocalyptic machine.

DSC_0542bWith what was to come, the standard front brake was junked and replaced with a funky Brembo calliper with billet calliper mount. This bites hard into a floating wave disc.

To create the drag bike stance, the standard front forks have been lowered and stiffened and the standard, classic style raised bars have be re-worked and flattened, tracker style. The standard classic style, comfortable, wide sprung seat has been reworked and upholstered in deer skin with racing foam accents.

The stock single downtube frame with the engine as a stressed member was retained and was subtly reworked with the rear foot peg hangers removed and the rear shock mounts extended to improve the geometry of the rear suspension.
That weedy, Classic 500 swing arm was resigned to the skip and in it’s place Royal Enfield have slotted in a stretched swing arm from the Continental GT, resulting in a longer wheelbase.

DSC_0528To strengthen the attitude, the lower shock mounts were flipped and re-located from the top of the swing arm to underneath, giving the bike that slammed, drag bike stance. The rear rides on a pair of K-Tec, remote reservoir, fully adjustable shocks and a wide Excel rim. Both front and rear rims are fitted with knobblies for that post apocalyptic look.

Stance, attitude & style are all essential characteristics for a modern custom bike but one of the stand out features of Mo Powa is it’s heart.
Royal Enfield have taken the dramatic step of turbocharging the standard 499cc engine.
It sucks air through a carb, with the standard efi and airbox junked and the gases exit through a gorgeous Harris Performance, MotoGP inspired, hand crafted exhaust.


Today’s lesson……’Mo Powa’

Hard Core Yamaha XSR700 by AdHoc Cafe Racers

2016_YAM_XSR700ADHOC_EU_CUSTOM_STA_006_preview_tcm269-660223Yamaha’s ‘Yard Built’ series of custom bike builds has reached Spain. They dropped on to the doorstep of acclaimed custome builder David Gonzalez of AdHoc Cafe Racers.

If you’re unfamiliar with AdHocs work, take a few minutes to check it out. It is a wild and breathtaking interpretation of the Cafe Racer genre. http://www.adhocaferacers.com

This build starts with a standard Yamaha XSR700 and AdHoc transform it in something truly unique. May I introduce…….Otokomae.


AdHoc’s relationship with Yamaha is a well trodden path. His XJ650 & XJ750 builds have received international recognition.

This build sees a standard XSR700, a cool street bike in standard trim, stripped and reinvented as the ‘Otokomae’, a mash up of cafe racer cool, street fighter tough and track bike hard that refuses to conform.

“I really like this crazy style David has created,” commented Yamaha Motor Europe Marketing Coordinator Cristian Barelli. “The tough ‘street tracker’ feel really fits well with the XSR750 and the paint job is something totally unique. He made sure to follow our golden rule of no cutting or welding to the frame of the bike, so it really does prove with this build that you can customise your XSR to really stand out from the crowd without any major fabrication work. The custom detail is very well crafted without compromising the rideability of the XSR700, keeping the fun factor!”


The AdHoc transformation borrowes from the extensive Yamaha parts bin, from the track focused YZF-R6 front end to the MT-01 front light and the MT-09 bars.

Otokomae rolls on Borrani rims with Michelin rubber and has had the bulky air box removed and replaced with ‘power filters’ to further enhance the street fighter look.

The original fuel tank is retained and disguised by a custome built four piece shell and the standard XSR700 exhaust is long gone, instead, in it’s place sits a full SC Project system.


Adhering to the Yamaha top brass’s instructions of ‘no cutting or welding to the frame’ a custom bolt on rear subframe has been fabricated, allowing access to tools and battery.

A Gears Racing shock lifts the ride height 15mm and the hand made seat is upholstered in high quality cowhide. Appropriately, this hard core bike wears the old school blue and yellow Yamaha Racing colours.

Holiday Customs Yamaha XS650

This Yamaha XS650 based, Schwimm inspired, bobber influenced, beautiful creation is from the mind and soul of Jared Johnson of Portland Oregon, otherwise known as Holiday Customs.
The more time you spend drinking in the naked beauty of this bike, the more detail you notice.Custom made hard tail frame and tank, exquisite hand made exhausts, custom h    and made fork sleeves, one off seat and that is just for starters.
There’s no fancy flip paint or chromed bolt ons. This bike is almost entirely hand built, retaining pretty much only the engine and transmission from the original bike, although even that has been rebuilt.
The finish is simple bare metal with a clear coat.
This beautiful creation has now been bought by Alex Turner from arctic monkeys. What a lucky guy.
Photos by Neil DacostaInspiration from Pipeburn.com

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