Since it opened its doors a little over two years ago, Spanish workshop Café Racer Dreams has released 18 bikes, plus another four or five models that are still in the works. A while ago we talked about their classy CRD#9 Honda CB 750 KZ “Brownie” Cafe Racer, and now we are going to focus on the 17th model, the CRD # 17 BMW R 100RT, a motorcycle produced in 1983 which has been immediately renamed Ruby Ring and will end up in the hands of a lucky customer from Austria.
Renowned specialist MaxBoxer took care of the engine, whose capacity got increased from the original 980 to the current 1040 cc and has been provided with larger valves as well as a modern dual-plug ignition system with 16 maps, which will allow its owner to play around with the power and torque curves. The original Bing 94/40/111 carbs got replaced with a pair of Dellorto ones coupled with K&N air filters, the exhaust is handmade by specialist GR, and the clutch replaced with a better Sachs device. Needless to say, the original output of 70 hp at 7250 rpm is now a distant memory.
Moving on to the chassis, the original 41 mm fork has been completely disassembled and rebuilt, while at the rear - given the intended “dirty” attitude of this unique BMW scrambler - we find a pair of shock absorbers courtesy of Hagon Nitro. Braking is provided by two 320 mm Brembo discs mated to twin-piston calipers at the front, surely much better than the original 260 mm pair. Aluminum mudguards, old style saddle, Renthal Ultra Low handlebar, CRD headlight ,Motorcycle Gadgets speedometer, Tarozzi footpegs and the mandatory Continental TKC 80 Twinduro tires complete the profile of this awesome machine.
Trust the Italians to make custom motorcycles in a kind of setting that seems straight out of a coffee table book. These Italian custom motorcycles come from “Mr Martini” who is a bike builder based in Verona. His roots go back to Triumph customs as he was the first Triumph dealer in the area, although clearly the fascination of custom Ducatis has made its way into the workshop.
Mr Martini’s Verona showroom is like walking into a reproduction of a Tuscan gentleman’s country home with antique furniture and original artworks. The motorcycles decked out on the carpet seem to fit perfectly. Martini has quite a collection of custom built bikes starting with a 2002 Triumph Cupercooper special.
The other custom bikes seem to have had a peak production from 2010 and there are even a couple of Martini’s creations from this year, including the 2011 Charlie R which is possibly our favourite. Go to Mr Martini’s website to see all his creations.
After reporting last week on the closing stages of the Mo2or design compeition and project here is the winner. Simply called No.1 it is a cafe racer by Arnau Sanjuan and Mo2or describes it as the world’s first crowdsourced motorcycle. They still need your help though, in developing the frame, chassis and engine components so there is plenty to still get involved in and this is one where motorcycle engineers can finally step up to the mark.
Mo2or is running a forum to follow the design and keep the debate open on how to develop the first Mo2or No.1. The model will go into pre-development stage and so far the specs are as follows:
- 883CC Air Cooled, Fuel Injected V-Twin
- Steel Trellis Frame with an adjustable sub-frame & double sided swingarm
- Fully adjustable upside down front forks + Rear Mono Shock
- Fully adjustable Rear-sets + Clip on Handlebars
- Analogue Speed & tacho
The Italians are describing this Nembo 32 modern café racer as a complete novelty in the world of motorcycling. Presented a few months ago, the Nembo motorcycle has undergone its latest evolution and is now track testing on the Franciacorta track in Italy. Why is the Nembo so special? Because it mounts an upside-down three-cylinder engine.
Apart from its mechanical innovation, the Nembo 32 is in the style of a café racer, although we will have to get used to its awkward looks. The creation comes from Italian inventor Daniele “Titus” Sabatini, but we’re not quite sure of the benefits of fitting an upside-down engine (apart from the fact that Titus has proved you can - more on this later).
Despite what might sound like a complicated mechanical operation, the Nembo is actually quite simple both in its looks and in the rest of its components. So far, weight is said to be about 150 kg, and the 1814cc, three-cylinder motor can do 170 hp. The first production version is expected to take that engine capacity up to 1925cc, so we should have quite a fast machine on our hands.
This Suzuki S40 by Ryca is another example of how retro bikes are cool at the moment, with Ryca Motors managing to make the Suzuki a café racer in the full sense. The S40 has kept its 650cc, single-cylinger engine but all of sudden it looks very different when combined with a few retro touches.
Called the Ryca CS-1, it’s designed to be fun and fuel efficient and as a custom-built bike, relatively economical as well. A brand new model costs 9,500 USD, but if you already have a Suzuki S40, Ryca motors will sell you the kit for 3,200 USD. If you want them to do it up for you, the labour thrown in as well will cost you $5,500. For more details, check out Ryca Motors.
This new Triumph Bonneville café racer comes from German custom parts and accessories specialists, LSL. Called the Bonneville ‘Tridays’ limited edition, it’s based on the 2010 Bonneville model with alloy wheels, a Remus exhaust, YSS shock absorbers, racing seat and alloy mudguards.
The Bonneville café racer has been custom built to celebrate the Tridays Triumph motorcycle festival held every year in Neukirchen, Austria. This year the event will take place from June 25-27, although if you’re planning on going, you’ll have to look for ‘Newchurch’ instead, as the town changes its name to the English version during the event.
LSL will build 20 units of the Bonneville Tridays at a cost of about 12,950 euros. You get a package trip to Tridays as part of the purchase. For more information, see the LSL website, or go to Tridays.com.
Source | MCN