Photography: Gijs Spierings
The inspiration for the bike mostly came from classic bikes, cars, and boats. The lack of classic shapes in bikes these days makes some look soulless. This is why we chose to give the lady a nice curved bottom, accentuated by the home build stainless exhaust sticking out the end. Only the front-lower part of the original tank was kept, the rest has been fabricated by hand from sheet metal. The wood (American walnut) idea came from a Riva which is a symbol of classiness. As did the air vents on her bottom. In the end she also sounds like a Riva, which was not planned but nevertheless predictable as there is no damping in the exhaust system.
Although the classic look dominates we did implement some small modern race parts like the pazzo brake levers, BMW E30 race tank cap, and the Wilbers mono-shock, which do give it a modern edge and a nice contrast. The frame was meant to fall into the background, For this reason, it has been kept as minimal as possible removing all unnecessary brackets, etc. This is also the case for the controls. No speedo gauges were mounted, eventually speed has to be felt not seen.
Wheels and engine remained stock although treated to some Nozem TLC. The small leather seat does exactly what it looks like it should be doing, look slick and hard like hell. The paint job as with the previous bike is straight and stylish, keeping the bike clean and looking different from every angle.
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