In fact the love for metalworking and motorcycles are fused together in customization of motorcycles. Now that a lot of tools and knowledge are at my side, I can go quite far to fulfill the personal wishes of the motorcyclist. I can do the design (or together with the client) and the realization. Mild, extreme or just in-between.
1978 Honda CB750 SOHC
Various parts custom-made for a caferacer conversion, among which:
Sheetmetal: seat and seatpan, integrated taillight
Sheetmetal: side covers frame
Gastank modification for MotoGadget speedo and controls, wiring tunnel, filler cap
Front fork tubes shortened, new threads
Subframe made and welded to frame
Seat unit for HD XR1200
Custom made caferacer seat + seat pan for a HD XR1200 according to foam model.
The client has very clear requirements, and delivered a foam model which has to be exactly replicated in aluminium, with a seamless fit on a custom made subframe.
It needed also a seatpan made from stainless steel to fit the foam and upholstery, finished as fine sanded, ready for paint job.
1986 Suzuki GSXR1100 customize to caferacer-style
Modify and upgrade a Suzuki GSXR1100 from 1986 with a limited budget and a lot of re-use of existing parts:
Front fork and brake calipers replaced by a more recent UPSD including modifications
Wheels stripped and brushed/polished finish
New subframe constructed, polished stainless tubing. Higher sitting position, open construction
Electricity + batterybox under gastank, gastank shortened, clear coated.
Added standard polyester fairing, slightly modified
Handmade aluminium seat/rear end, integrated rear light
License plate bracket on rear fork
Engine upgraded to stage 3 dynokit
Installation of gauge glasses in gastank
1986 Harley Davidson FXR restyle
(my personal bike)
modify and upgrade a HD FXR for better styling, handling and performance.
So far executed (project is still in progress):
Frontfork + brake callipers replaced by UPSD fork Yamaha R1 including modifications steering head axle
Wheels and tyres replaced by 17" Yamaha R1/6, rear fork modifications (different axle)
Modified subframe for shorter shocks and new custom made fender
Handmade aluminium rear- and front fender, based on the current poolyester one, only shorter and cleaner
Handmade stainless steel exhaust system 2in1 ending in a special stainless muffler
Handmade stainless steel handlebars on the top tree
Handmade stainless/aluminium footcontrols, mid position
Handmade smaller front fairing for a sporty look and comfort
Leather sidebag(s) from a mailman's postbag
License-plate holder on rear left fork
Yamaha XV920 Speedking
Complete remake of Yamaha XV920 from 1987.
Stripping of the bike.