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I spent a day in 1983 visitng Danny and Derek at Hejira Racing Development in Milton Keynes, just outside London. They told me about their success fielding a bike with the same Rotax motor which is in my Can-am. I wanted to own one of their bikes ever since then. In 2006, I finally acquired one. It had been built by Robin Scudder as a privateer entry into the British Singles Champsionship series where he finished 2nd in 1982 and 1984. It had not run since 1988. The photo above is from a late 2007 test session with me on board. In keeping with the proper vintage spirit, I asked Robin to give it the first outing in 2008.

Cafe Racer - OW70 Replica

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I have always enjoyed building and riding cafe racers. This one is inspired by the classic duel between Kenny Roberts and Freddie Spencer for the 1983 world 500cc championship. This bike is build on a RZV chassis with the RD500 engine. The suspension is upgraded with catridge forks and a fully adjustible shock. The wheels are lightweight aluminum. The most important features are the two handmade aluminum tanks: the oil injection tank sits under and sticks up through the gasoline tank. The bodywork is OW70 with the livery that Roberts ran in Europe from 1980 until early 1983. Overall during the transformation the bike gained 30 horsepower, lost 80 pounds of weight and acquired modern suspension. It is great fun to ride.

Suzuki T500 Cafe Racer

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In the 1960's and 1970's Suzuki was at the front of the two-stroke development. Their T500 derived race bikes won the first AMA national for a two stroke (Art Baumann 1969 Sears Point), the first two-stroke 500 gran prix win (Jack Findlay 1971 Ulster GP) and finally the most important race in the world the Senior TT in 1973. I built this bike is as a road going replica of those race bikes complete with period body work, brakes, suspension, ignition and engine. Hopefully it will be able to run some exhibit laps for others to enjoy.