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Custom Wolf – “Scoop” Café Racer

Posted on January 18, 2011 by Scott in Café Racer. 25 comments

When Wolfgang Baetz sold his personal ride there was only one thing he could do. Build a better bike. You see, Wolfgang is the owner of Custom Wolf in Bavaria and has been building bikes for over 20 years. His personal ride was a show stopping GSXR called Golden Brown Rough – which he only sold because someone made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Although building a better bike was never going to be easy. Then he came across something special. An original Moto Martin frame in the far north of Germany to use with Suzuki GSX engines. He knew it was the perfect find for his latest project.

Only the frame wasn’t quite right and the components provided didn’t fit well. After redesigning the rear frame and adding a Ducati single sided swing arm, the problems were solved. The engine was made from a completely new Old School Superbikes 1230cc GSX 1135 motor. With a curb weight of about 190 kg, and an output of 155 hp at the rear, this bike packs a punch.

Over a 10 month period, Wolfgang and his team pretty much custom made everything on this modern café racer, including the fenders, exhaust, handlebars, the beautiful tank and seat. The bike is aptly named “Scoop” because of the air inlet on the tank – taking inspiration from old American muscle cars. As a joke the Scoop folds up and then releases the gas cap. All the electricals are under the tank, for a really clean look. Austrian Marcus Pfeil finished the bike in an unusual paint combination – which looks like it came right out of ‘Operation Desert Storm’.

Even if you’re not into sports bikes, you have to agree that the attention to detail, craftsmanship and styling are second to none – the kind of work you might expect from a German builder.


Fittings: Beringer

Exhaust: Custom-Wolf

Brakes: Front: Buell, rear: Ducati

Shock: Wilber from Maniac Motors

Fork: Buell

Rear: Custom-Wolf

Fenders: Custom-Wolf

Paint: Marcus Pfeil

Handlebar: Custom-Wolf

Engine: GSX 1135, 1230 cc, about 153 hp at the rear – Old School Superbikes

Frame: Moto Martin / Custom-Wolf

Front: 120/70/17 Metzeler
Rear: 210/50/17 Metzeler

Front: 3,5 x17 Buell
Rear: Triumph widened to 7×17

Headlight: Custom-Wolf

Rocker: Ducati / Custom-Wolf

Tank: Custom-Wolf

[Photographer: Regina Weidinger]

  • SportsterMike

    Very pretty bike AND functional – great work
    Surprised that it got through the very tough German type approval (although if it is classed as 'used' it might not have needed it?
    Will it pass next years MOT? though? or will it need a rear hugger fitted?

  • Don't sure about "cafe racer" tag, maybe more "streetfighter" (or "hybrid)) but anyway it's a great bike. Nice colors and shapes. And great details.

  • llamaman

    well finished but as soon as road dust and grit thrown up by back wheel gets sucked into the engine itll stop forever and become an exhibit

  • Peter von Blitzen

    @ llamaman: absolut korrekt! another trailerqueen …

  • I'm not into sports bikes, but i have to agree that the attention to detail, craftsmanship and styling are second to none.

  • Sascha

    Im with Kumo – more Street fighter than Cafe Racer in my opinion but its a matter of perspective these days… Everyones formulas seems to be different.

  • kik

    open carbs facing the rear tire, real genius!! , don't these people ride the damned bike after they lower it from the work bench?…seriously !

  • kik

    rides only on sunny days at the track.

  • Asshole Welder

    wont that licenceplate make it drag to the left at high speed? if you get to top speed before it eats to much gravel

  • sholo

    Such a beautiful, clean and integrated design…until you get to the scoop. A scoop with the word "scoop" written on it seems tacked on and unnecessary.

  • DS

    especially when the scoop is not functioning as a scoop. Leave scoops for bikes that have an intake tract suited for it. e.g. The Wakan twin or Gregg's Custom R1.

    Nice work, though

  • aaron

    definitely need to at least run screens on those stacks, or add a rear hugger on the tire..

  • kik

    agreed with aaron, rear hugger for sure.

  • Andrew

    Don't discount the possibility the bike has been "dressed down" for the photo shoot; it's par for the course to screw off bits just to make the bike look cleaner just to reattach them afterwards…

  • NickCycle

    I thought about the velocity stacks/ rear wheel combo right away, then noticed the "stacks" labeled as such, then the GIANT license tab, then the weird grips… Just another (BEAUTIFULLY DONE) Trailer Queen, never destined to take on the ride of your life.

  • NickCycle

    "Scoops" labeled as such….

  • Lowflying

    If I don't say anything critical, can I have it?

    I'll just quietly put some K&N's on the carbies (not forgetting to slap the included stickers on the tank), screw on some massive blinkers from a '79 CB750F (I guess I could drill some holes in the rear cowl), grind that license plate holder thingy off the swingarm and cable tie the license plate to the rear subframe just below those cleverly hidden taillights.

    Oh, I just noticed the blinkers on the bars. Cool.

  • Peter von Blitzen

    license plate holder must be that big in germany, license plates are for that kind of bike at least 20×20 cm

  • Critic

    Well, its definitely not a cafe racer. Its a fighter, if your going to classify it as anything like that. I think its just a custom. With all the perks of a custom. Its not built for daily riding. Its built for track riding, and showing. Obviously the changes it would take to make this thing able to ride in the rain, or anywhere, would make it not look so custom. I think he knows how lame the stacks are, and that they do nothing but look good, to the builder, but like i said, its a custom. Just so he can say, "yes its that nice, no I dont ride it in the rain, and you couldnt afford it." Im not into it, and a lot of real riders arent into it, but he is, and none riders probably love it. So kudos or something. But it is definitely not a cafe racer. It doesnt have the class to be called a cafe racer.

  • Peter von Blitzen

    „Well roared, lion.“ It's not a cafe racer, it's somehow nothing. Nothing for daily use, and that is what bikes are made for. End of discussion.

  • Dave

    Considering the builder made the bike, I'm pretty sure he's more qualified to be saying what the bike was "made for".

    And who's to say the velocity stacks aren't tuned length for resonance? Wait… that would be the builder again.

    This things got so much class it makes Audrey Hepburn look like Chopper Reid.

  • Asshole Welder

    dave this bike islike oprah winfrey, it used to be a semi good model but you would never take it home no matter how much its worth

  • Dave

    I'll meet you half way – Beyonce.

    like someone said earlier, Id gladly put some K&N's on, remove the Captain obvious "scoop" sticker, and let her stay in my garage.

  • Critic

    HAHA Oprah Effing Winfrey. Classic. That statement has more class than this entire build.

  • augusto sanabria

    Pice of art. Such a beauty.