Vagabund K5 Cafe Racer
Often what occurs in between the stages of concept and completion can result in differences between one and the other. However when you combine the keen eye of a talented designer with the skills of a mechanical engineer things tend not to get lost in translation. This was exactly the case when it came to piecing together Vagabund Moto’s Honda CB450 K5 Cafe Racer. The bike was the first project to be completed under the Vagabund Moto name and it’s an almost identical interpretation of the pairs original concept, from the leather tool pouch to the custom made exhaust.
Paul’s 1972 Honda CB450 K5 Cafe Racer was developed in line with their personal brief of clean lines and a minimalist finish. The bike has been “downsized” by removing everything deemed as unnecessary and along with functioning as a showcase of their work it’s still functioning asPaul’s personal ride.
After being stripped bare the rear of the CB’s frame was replaced with a kicked loop that cleverly incorporates the bikes LED running lights and rear indicators. A wheel hugger style number plate mount helps to keep the tail end clean while doubling as a fender and for improved handling a pair of brushed alloy, RFY piggyback shocks were added.
Tying everything together on Vagabund’s Honda CB450 is its industrially inspired paint scheme. A moss green, satin black and raw alloy mix of finishes embellished with brass fixtures and brown leather upholstery.
Despite being on the custom motorcycle scene for less than 12 months, Vagabund Moto have also completed a stunning BMW R100R Scrambler that you can see on the Bless This Stuff website. With builds like these to launch their new brand we’re sure that 2016 will be an exciting year for Paul and Philipps new venture.
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