With a workshop name like "it roCKS!bikes" the Portugese builders Osvaldo Coutinho and Alexandre Santos have set the bar high for themselves. Luckily the self confessed "addicted" custom builders (and fully qualified engineers) have what it takes to build bikes that warrant an 'it rocks!' reaction. Their latest build, the XJR1300 CS_04 Stealth, lives up to expectations; however by definition dictionary.com tells us that stealth means "the act or characteristic of moving with extreme care and quietness" which is something I would argue this beast is incapable of doing.
"We used a digital dashboard made by Motogadget called the "Motoscope Pro”. This unit is packed with features like a rev counter, speedo, 0-100km/h acceleration times and a g-meter and we mounted it using an aluminum bracket we designed and cut out on a CNC." The license plate bracket and turning signals are from “Rizoma”, and the controls are “Motogadget” m-Switch blocks which conveniently come in black. "Since we had to keep the stock gas tank we fabricated a seat and the metal rear section with a shape that follows the lines of the tank. The seat is a custom, handmade light brown leather piece and all the custom paintwork was done with an airbrush before being spayed with a thin layer of matte varnish."
While there's no denying the CS-04 Stealth looks amazing the question that's always on the tip of everyone's tongue is, of course, how does it ride? "Since we reduced a massive amount of weight from the XJR by removing parts, using aluminium for the new ones, making an exhaust from titanium and using a tiny lithium battery the bike feels very light and the tuned engine became a serious powerhouse… it pulls hard at any speed!" After appearing at the Lisboa Arts & Moto show in April the Stealth is now being used exactly as it should, as a daily rider tearing up the streets of Portugal.
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