A date between our two favorite worlds; classic lines and racing
Photography: Gijs Spierings
The XS850 from origin big, heavy and not necessarily ugly but nowhere near slick enough to meet our standards. Although being a very nice base for a classic cafe racer we had to go Micheal Jackson on her ass. This of course involved chopping, patching, welding, and rebuilding it from the bear bones.
The operation started by making an incision just under the spinal backbone. The following two incisions were made at the swingarm mounts. A full new rear Ducati style pelvis section was fabricated. Two Harley air shocks were used as prostheses to replace the old legs. Front forks were resprung and new triples, with a built-in smiths speedo, were milled to hold them together. The brakes were updated to a set of golden Brembo’s. A big yellow Cibi lens was used to change the eye color, at the back two custom tail lights were stitched on.
No dramatic engine surgery was required, except for a blood transplant and small standard miscellaneous stuff. Frame and engine received a nice spray tan to shine as new. To shield her lungs from dirt a custom air filter was built. The old intestines were replaced with a customs stainless pipe system topped off with a set of laser cans to make those gasses flow again.
For the body work we used an old XS 850 classic tank and chopped it up. For the tail piece we chose to make it self carrying, which means there is no frame inside. It is essentially a part of the frame, holding the two shocks together. The sharp lines in the bike truly resemble our vision on a cafe racer. The immaculate paintjob makes the bike maintain a classic look. Big halleluya to Livinstone from Airbrushlab LifeCreations.
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