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Aprilia Cafe Racer

Posted on November 21, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 2 comments

This Super Cafe Racer is one of the most unique and spectacular builds we have seen in a while. It is named ‘Taimoshan’ which is the highest mountain in Hong Kong and building this bike was no small feat. You see, it’s been built around the classic Norton featherbed frame using a 2004 Aprilia RSV 1000 engine. Given the fact that the featherbed frame is over 50 years old there was a lot of thought put into strengthening the frame and working out how to hide all the technology within it. We think the owner/builder (a fellow Aussie) who goes by the name ‘Norzilla’ on the Aprillia Forum has done an exceptional job combining old school cafe racer style with all the modern features of todays bikes. We love the handmade aluminium Manx tank and the custom cafe seat (although unfinished in photo). If you want to see some more pics of this beast hit this jump to the Aprilia Forum. To hear and see this bike in action you can view this short video on youtube. Those custom stainless pipes make an impressive bark, apparently 4 times the UK legal noise limit. [Thanks to Troy for the pics and tip]

  • Norzilla

    Hi All,

    I am the designer / builder / owner of "Taimoshan"

    Firstly can I thank everyone for the flattering comment on my bike, much appreciated.

    A little update… the bike will be completed in the second week of Jan 2010 when the seat is returned from being covered… again with everything on the bike, it has taken time to finalise the design and then find someone with the skill to do the job justice. So about mid Jan I will have some final photos done and published as well as some better video.

    There is also a little more video of its first run… all bit it a little shaky

    For those that are interested, I am now designing, planning and collecting parts for my next few projects. Firstly an outrageous Vincent racer and a customer bike, which is an Art Deco inspired Oil in Frame BSA A65 Racer with a period 770cc bored and stroked BSA parrallel twin race motor from a championship british sidecar outfit.

    If anyone has any questions about Taimoshan or future projects, just drop me a line as I am happy to chat.

    Best regards
    John Pellew

    ps (You are correct, I am an Aussie from Adelaide, but have lived in the UK for the last 7 years.)

  • Scott C

    Awesome build can't wait to see the next one!!!!