This is an extremely good looking cafe racer custom based on a 1979 Honda CX500 Deluxe, the builder, MP Cycle Design, calls it the Gentlemens Cafe Woody and it’s actually his second attempt at a conversion he’s done before. It looks like the practice paid off because this is very nicely done.
The bike catches your eye from anywhere you look, from the chrome tank to the mahogany tail section, it’s an interesting combination of flashy and subtle at the same time. All foot controls, front forks, front and rear brakes and rotors come from a 2006 CBR 1000RR. Mirrors are from KiWAV, clip-ons and digital instrumentation are from Danmoto. The bike rides on new tires, too.
New Mikuni carbs are fitted to the completely rebuilt engine, with new gaskets all around, freshly honed cylinders and all new electrical components.
The African mahogany tail section looks great, but he doesn’t give many details of its origins or maybe I just didn’t properly interpret his somewhat fuzzy descriptive writing. It’s a very nice touch. Kinda reminds me of the Web Surfer from Mule Motorcycles.
Roger b says
Don’t mean to be negative, but I find this bike to be somewhat unintegrated. Chrome tank and fender, wood tail section, copper colored gauge shield, radiator guard, rear engine plates, and swingarm. It’s kind of hodge-podgey. The centerpoint of these bikes is the transverse, v-twin engine, and for this bike the engine’s almost been muted. Maybe if the engine were painted black and the valve covers were left polished I’d like it better. Also, the big arch on the swingarm doesn’t match the straight-tube/little arch of the headers or engine crash bars.
It’s a fascinating bike that would probably look better in person.
Agreed. Somehow the sun is less than the total of the (gorgeous) parts.