This crazy beast started life as a poor, beaten up 1988 Yamaha xt600. That’s right. A dirt bike! After the plastic tat was torn away suddenly the ghost of a cafe racer appeared. As we don’t start with beautiful renders, our designs develop along the way. We feel this adds great excitement as new ideas are created as the build develops.
The Dirt Racer was no exception and we didn’t hold back! Here are the details:
The frame has been heavily modified and a new subframe fabricated to give it that aggressive cafe racer stance. The engine has been tuned with a big bore kit, Wiseco piston, gas flowed head and is fed juice via Keihin CR racing carbs. At the front there is a handmade smoked perspex fairing behind which sit two HID angel eye headlights which give it a mean and futuristic look. Front mudguard and rear hugger were fabricated in house from flat sheet aluminium. At the rear, a hand carved solid Zebrano seat (four months work!), coated in an epoxy resin to give it a high gloss finish. The foam pad has been upholstered in a beautiful brown leather complete with pleat top stitching. The seat also pivots on the frame, pushed up by a gas strut and held in place by a bearing mechanism. This reveals the incredibly neat wiring that includes components from Motogadget. The wheels are custom built with black rims and stainless spokes sitting on Avon tyres. There are various brass details throughout the design which includes a solid brass engine cover with engraved lions head logo. To finish it off it is painted in a deep gloss black, no ordinary black mind you, a dusting of gold pearl is sprinkled into the mix. Gold pearl pinstripes and metal effect silver line the tank, front mudguard and rear hugger. It also features some of our own bespoke parts including the handlebar switches, brake fluid reservoirs and rear sets.
This motorbike is a demonstration of what’s possible when you don’t restrict yourself to the confines of ordinary design. Pushing the boundaries is what gives custom it’s meaning.
The result is a motorbike which transcends mode of transport. Because…..well why not!
Report by lionsdenmotorcycles.com