While most of us would choose a donor bike for a custom project based on whatever cool whim may be currently tickling our fancy, it’s important to remember that many bike lovers the world over aren’t able to get their hands on a well loved CB Honda, Yamaha SR, or antique BMW boxer at the drop of a hat. With the notable exception of Japan, the Asian bike market has long been turf owned by small capacity scooters rather than the large-capacity bikes favoured by the West. So what do you do when all you want is a sweet, 70’s inspired café racer that will turn a few heads and the only bike you have handy looks like an cheap extra from a Transformers movie? You call StudioMotor, that’s what.
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Sometimes we receive bikes that have something more captivating than stunning looks. Something more powerful than the number of horses they output. Something more impressive than the number of hours that have been spent building the bike. They have a great story. A story that is more fundamental to the build than any other part on the bike. This is one of them, and this story starts like many others on this site, person buys rusty old donor bike for next to nothing and decides to resurrect it into a beautiful little café racer. This is where the story differs from others. This time the owner’s Dad had seen the start of the project and had heard of the plans his son had for the bike, but unfortunately due to cancer, he didn’t know whether he will be alive when the bike was finished. But here’s the kicker, the day before his father dies he says to his son, “your bike will be amazing, and I’ll see it from the sky”. So this is the story of a bike built in memory of a father who unfortunately didn’t get to see his sons dream of owning a custom motorcycle…
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