This build came about when a client approached us after purchasing the bike online. It had already received a 'Cafe Racer' makeover, but it wasn't quite hitting the mark for him. Like most of our builds a 'tweak' wasn't going to be enough, so the team set about stripping the bike down, whilst we mapped out with the client how we could make his vision a reality.
The rear end of the frame was replaced with a cleaner, simpler section. Any unnecessary tabs were removed and the metalwork was treated to a slick black paint job. A Kawasaki ZRX1200 rear swingarm was installed as well as a ZRX1200 wheel, all pulled together by a custom hub machined in house. At the front, more Kawazaki parts went on in the form of a pair of ZX10 forks. These are held together with our own custom yokes, the top one holding an inset Motogadget pro gauge.
The stock CB750 motor was pulled and replaced with a reworked CB900 engine from Neate Racing. Its capacity was increased to 1000cc and was built with a road tune to keep things manageable. We gave it a clean up and service, fitted new Mikuni 36mm flat side carbs and twin K&N filters. Foot controls are taken care of with our own rear sets. One of our FR exhaust headers was repurposed and a hand made end can fitted to sonorously release the gases. An aftermarket oil cooler keeps the temps down.
Whilst rider comfort wasn't too high on the list of priorities, the combination of a custom upholstered 'bump' seat and pair of Ohlins shocks (from a Triumph Thruxton R) do a pretty good job. It's no long distance tourer mind you.
We added a number of subtle touches to the bike, such as the flush mount LED tail light in the rear hoop and the 'almost' hidden Front and Rear cameras which record to a hard drive stored under the seat. The original tank was shot, so a replacement was sourced in the USA and was handed over to Arnie at Pro Kustom for a squirt of gorgeous deep maroon paint and new graphics.
We didn't hold back when it came to the finishing touches either. We custom made the chain guard, engine cover, rear bobbins, footpegs, switch gear and adjustable clip ons. However we opted for Brembo 19 RCS levers and mini brake master cylinder. A multi element LED headlamp (mounted on our own custom ears) lights the way and Motogadget blaze indicators show the riders intended direction.
We feel this bike has the not only the spirit of a cafe racer, but also because of the Neate engine, its got the shove to go with it. It sounds absolutely incredible too! Its a very useable custom with a lot of modern touches and features. It is now the dream bike our client wanted. So if you've made a drunken ebay purchase and need someone to sprinkle a little magic on it, give us a call!