KTM Cafe – Thats a wrap

So three weeks ago while riding my KTM through the forest to Apollo Bay i was thinking about the possibilities of transforming the bike into something a little different. I accepted the challenge and now i can happily say that its finalised. Hit the link for more.

My first ride on the bike was last thursday, i filled the tank with fuel and hoped for the best, i fired the bike up and rolled down the road. I had wondered how it would handle, wondered how it would feel, wondered if it was even comfortable enough to ride.

When the bike was in supermoto mode i rode the thing pretty hard, it amazed me how hard you could corner and how late you could back the bike in, the more you thought you were going to die the smoother the corner entry was, i knew the transformation to Cafe styling would subdue the bikes handling but i was suprised at how it hasnt lost its supermoto or motocross roots, i can still ride the bike hard and feel comfortable with it moving beneath me.

I have not been able to get off the bike since that first test ride, being on a bike is freedom, but being on a bike you sculpted yourself is another thing altogether, its a sense of achievement, mechanical symphony of parts working together because you arranged them that way.

In this stage of my life i am really glad i took the time to taste something different, you could say the ute build has been the biggest part of my last year and a half, ive spent a lot of hours building the chassis and that sweet taste of finalization is just around the corner, i feel refreshed now and ready to take on any hurdle the build delivers.

But if those hurdles drag me down i can always throw a leg over my KTM and get that refreshing taste of freedom and pride that something handcrafted can deliver.

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18 Comments
  1. Even doing a skid on bikes… So good

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  2. thats mad mate!!! 🙂

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  3. we need someone with this much motivation running the country! lol youd get s#$t done!

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  4. Nothing like being out on the road on a bike.

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  5. Nice job mate, riding a good bike is the best stress relief, and that’s a great bike. is it getting paint?

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  6. i reckon that looks awsome. you did a sweet job.

    keep it raw, no paint.

    i might steal that idea and do something similar…

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  7. 3 weeks from concept to rolling – awesome! Inspiration right there.

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  8. Where’s the air box/filter?

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    • It has a small stainless pod filter on it now.

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  9. Love your site check it for updates all the time, what kinda tig welder do you use?

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    • I use a Token Tools Alupulse but its just a generic China TIG

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  10. Your nuts 🙂

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  11. Sheer badass.

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  12. Impressive! Continue to inspire many!

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  13. Fuck yes!!! Love it so much. I plan to repost on my blog. I love KTM cafes. Great work!!!!

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  14. I absolutely love this bike!

    Do you have any pictures detailing how you created that gas tank?

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  15. Nice copy of the Roland Sands bike! http://www.rolandsands.com/wp/2011/03/30/ktm-530-smr Keep up the good work

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  16. That’s an awesome bike !!! It kinda looks like what Roland sands has been making but better because yours is road regoed

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