Ok, so it may not actually be made from Beer (that’s just plain ridiculous) but this very tidy Honda CB160r Cafe Racer was built with the aid of Beer. What’s so strange about that you say, “I’m always drinking beer while I’m working on my bike!”…well it’s not so much the consumption of everyones favorite golden ale but instead trading for it. You see this Cafe Racer is a bitsa (bits of this and bits of that) some of which were attained by trading beer.
The Honda CB160r (powered) Cafe Racer is an amalgamation of parts sourced by builder/photographer Scott from around the Portland area. It was one of the motorcycles appearing at this years first (and hopefully annual) “The One Motorcycle Show” show. From what I’ve seen of the other bikes appearing at the event this little Cafe Racer was definitely one of my favorites.
Another free find, the headlight bucket came with most of the wiring Scott needed for the bike. The guys at Poor Bastard Cycles gave a hand with some fabrication including the carb manifolds and the very nice up-swept megaphone exhaust. Seat artwork was another Beer trade off and was completed by a creative neighbour. The leather work on the tank and seat was performed by New Church Moto.
I’m always inspired by projects like this. They start off as nothing more than an idea and come together as time and money permits (in this case very little money!). This to me is the epitome of custom motorcycle building. People with vision and determination just like Scott…
“My goal is a ~100 mpg cafe racer constructed on a coffee-cup budget. i’m honestly not sure if this is just a new low in cheapskate self-discovery, or the ultimate in dumpster aversion / free-cycling.”
Scott describes his first ride on the aplty named “Rusty Rocket” quite amusingly…”It went how most first rides go: bottomed the forks, almost dragged my jeans, snapped and dragged the shift linkage at ~40mph, was poured on, and caught on fire.”