Wed, 24 Jan 2018

Not all café racers have to start life as a retro bike

Two incredibly talented Argentinian industrial designers have gone against the grain, proving that not all café racers have to come from old retro donor bikes. This bike, the Honda Tornado was once an off-roading motocross style trail bike with a 250cc engine.

Tornado Cafe Racer

Taken on as a personal prokect, the two designers decided to build the bike to prove that not every cool café racer has to come from an old donor.

Viva Bandida Motorcycles set out to build a bike that was clean, pure and simple, stripping down the frame with a complete overhaul. After removing the entire rear triangle of the frame, a new sub frame was designed that switched the Honda from a mono-shock setup, to a more classic twin-shock configuration. Shock mounts were integrated to the new frame, and custom brackets were added to the swing arm to fit a pair of Harley Davidson ‘883 sportster’ shocks.

Tornado Cafe Racer

A brat style seat and stubby mudguard provide stunning rear dimensions, with hidden indicators sat beneath the rear loop to keep a clean look. Like many parts of this bike, the red brake light was a custom creation, taken from a bicycle light, a section of pipe and some brass and copper caps turned on a lathe.

The fuel tank was taken from a 60’s Harley, fitted to the frame with new mounts. The team added sleeves between the triple clamps to beef-up the front end, and mounted an ‘883 sportster’ headlight between them. The bikes electrics have been relocated beneath the fuel tank, and the battery sits underneath the swing arm to aid the centre of gravity.

Tornado Cafe Racer