And the winners are...

Chopper Town Nation has just completed their judging on the second Backyard Builder content run from their website. The competition is open to everyone with a bike and a spanner. Entries are broken in to categories of Choppers, Bobbers and Cafe Racers. As we are too interested in those first two categories I thought I'd skip straight to the Cafe Racers...

1st Place:
Camilo's '77 XS650

Not much info on this bike was supplied. Wouldn't have been my pick for first place but I guess they thought it was something special.

2nd Place:
Taimoshan - the Super Cafe Racer

Now this is something special. Amazing vision and stunning result. Not your traditional styling but it certainly is a modern take on a Cafe Racer.

"Taimoshan was completed in the end of 2009 after about 10 mths of solid work.It was created by me as a new build from a completely custom race replica Norton Featherbed frame ( by JW motorcycles - frame makers in North West Wales, made of T45 britsh aircraft steel). The frame is a "garden gate" style with no fixed rear sub frame. The frame was custom made to fit the water cooled Aprilian RSV 1000 Factory motor and the unit pro link mono shock rear suspension.The tank is a hand made polished Ali 5 Gal Manx tank, made by T A Baker in North West Wales, UK, the seat also made my TA Baker but of my own design , shape and dimensions and later trimmed by Saxon seats.The front end is a comination of Ducati 996 front forks, 999 wheels, brembo brakes ducati yokes and clipons , with Aprilia controls.The rear end is a hybrid swingarm that I designed and built, it a Honda CBR600 with the unit pro link mono shock unit from the CBR1000RR graphed to it then polished. The Unit pro link was developed for Valetino Rossi and does not have a top shock mount on the frame.Rear wheel is Ducati 999, rear brake Brembo.The Motor is a std 2004 Aprilia RSV1000 Factory motor, which std has a factory claimed 143 bhp and about 98 of torque, it is a water cooled 60 deg V-twin, dry sump oiling, fuel injected, slipper clutch, etc etc. The Fuel injection is a Mircosquirt unit, for which I did all the set up, fuel and spark mapping along with all the wiring for the injection and other electronics for the bike.The bike has a hidden RFID key and an multi-function electronic/analog tacho/speedo gauge.I fitted, made or modified the majority of the components on the bike including all of the engine plates and mounting braces, I also made the rear subframe and the custom underseat radiator and the remote under engine dry sump oil tank.I also hand made the one off Stainless Steel exhaust system, the cans are of the shelf shorty mega's"

Like I said this guy had an idea and he created a masterpiece!

3rd place:
76 bonneville. 800 cc nourish engine, and lot of special parts.

There weren't anywhere near as many entrants as I'd expected. Next time round I'm getting my bike in there for sure.

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