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Pace Learn, July 11 2021

One thing for everybody this week: The traditional perfection of a Moto Guzzi café racer, a stealthy R18 commissioned by BMW, and a slinky CB650R from Honda’s European seller build-off. Plus a take a look at BMW’s very, very radical new CE 04.

Moto Guzzi California 1100 EV by Bernd and Robin Mehnert The Mehnerts are a German father and son duo who usually make woodwind devices. However when a good friend provided them a California 1100 on a budget, they snapped it up and turned their consideration to shaping steel.

The California could also be a cruiser, but it surely converts surprisingly properly to a café racer format—largely due to the Tonti body. It’s far too heavy although, so Bernd and Robin centered on dropping weight, utilizing as many aluminum components as doable.

Impressed by Axel Budde and his acclaimed Kaffeemaschine builds, the Mehnerts put in the decrease body tubes from a Le Mans, an aluminum tank from WBO Racing, and a seat-and-tail unit constructed from GRP.

The German Moto Guzzi specialist Dynotec provided the leather-based seat, reprogrammed the gasoline injection, and in addition helped with paint for the few components that aren’t uncooked steel.

Energy will get a lift from a modified airbox (with hi-flow air filter) and a Mistral exhaust system, lifting the output from 68 to 86 hp. Weight is down from round 250 to 210 kg, permitting the Guzzi to go the 200 kph mark. And with a lowered, refurbished entrance fork and Öhlins 36PRCLB piggyback shocks on the rear, the California has now bought the stance to match. [Via]

BMW R18 by Pier Metropolis Cycles This Sussex, England workshop retains a low profile on the customized scene, but it surely’s a thriving enterprise that makes a speciality of customized BMW R nineTs. They do full builds, and in addition promote an enormous vary of components for Boxer house owners preferring to do the work themselves.

PCC have now attracted the eye of BMW Motorrad UK, who commissioned them to customise an R18 for the Goodwood Competition of Pace working this weekend.

The R18 is presently sitting within the Supercar Paddock however we reckon it’ll simply maintain its personal in opposition to the encompassing exotica—regardless of comparatively delicate mods.

PCC have dialed down the entire ‘heritage’ vibe of the R18 and gone for what they name a ‘neo’ look. Fabrication features a low-profile seat on hard-mounted assist struts, upholstered by James King Atelier utilizing a mix of pig suede and leather-based.

The slimline fenders are hand-made, and the bars are decrease and narrower than inventory. The exhaust system is new too, with customized pipework designed to take a seat sq. with the body and tiny finish cans from Unit Storage.

BMW’s personal Choice 719 program supplied extra goodies, together with blacked-out covers for the engine housing and cylinder heads, blacked-out fork covers, and black aluminum rims.

On {the electrical} facet, PCC have put in a Denali M7 headlight and used Motogadget Tens2 combo items for the remainder of the lighting—in addition to the compact Motoscope Mini digital speedo.

After an entire respray, the R18 was able to tackle the well-known hillclimb at Goodwood, with frequent Isle of Man TT racer James Hiller on board. We want we’d been there to see it—and listen to it, since this R18 registers a whopping 121dB on the sound stage meter. [Pier City | Images by Drew Irvine]

Honda Europe CB650R customized competitors Customized build-offs involving sellers are fraught with hazard for the producers’ advertising departments. It takes greater than only a expert mechanic to construct an attention grabbing customized, and a slick showroom isn’t any assure of a watch for design. After which you must get all of the bikes photographed persistently.

We’ve seen some actual hit-and-miss competitions previously, however Honda has bought it proper with its ‘Storage Goals’ contest, involving 36 sellers throughout Europe. The profitable bikes had been destined to go on show a couple of days in the past on the Wheels & Waves competition in France—however since that was cancelled, Honda has put collectively an internet showcase of the ten finest builds.

We’re particularly taken with the machine proven right here, by the Portuguese storage Mototrofa. It’s known as Fénix—after the storage burnt down in 2019 and was resurrected—and gained the Iberian part of the competition.

Mototrofa have grafted on the single-sided swingarm and rear wheel from a VFR750F, plus the entrance wheel from a CBR900RR Fireblade. The seat and tail unit are customized, and an Akrapovič titanium exhaust system liberates a couple of further horsepower whereas dropping virtually 5 kilos off the burden.

The paint was designed with the assistance of (and utilized by) fellow Portuguese model Nexx Helmets, with the ‘93’ signifying the 12 months Mototrofa was based. And in addition the race variety of a sure younger Spanish MotoGP champion…

Head over to the Honda Customs website to see the opposite bikes and vote on your favourite. [Via]

BMW CE 04 electrical scooter We don’t often discover new scooter launches attention-grabbing, however BMW’s newest city runabout actually butters our toast. Not solely as a result of it’s electrical, but additionally as a result of the cyberpunk-ish styling is out of this world.

The aesthetics are much like these we’re beginning to see from the extra forward-thinking customized builders. They’re additionally remarkably near the Idea Hyperlink that BMW revealed on the Concorso d‘Eleganza present 4 years in the past. And predictably, this has triggered a few of the extra conservative members of the motorcycling fraternity.

Prime velocity is 75 mph (120 kph), and vary is round 80 miles (130 km). To get these user-friendly figures, weight is a fairly hefty 509 kilos (231 kg), which just about matches that of the brand new Revolution Max-powered Sportster S that Harley is about to disclose. BMW, helpfully, kits out the CE 04 with a reverse gear.

It’s additionally price noting that this scoot is large: it’s about an inch longer than a Pan America. There’s loads of room for a passenger on the bench seat, plus entrance and facet storage compartments.

BMW has historical past within the electrical scooter world, due to the C-evolution maxi scooter. So you possibly can financial institution on the CE 04 being well-sorted, enjoyable to trip and low-cost to run. It gained’t be low-cost to purchase, although: within the States, pricing will begin at $11,795.

That’s about the identical as a brand new base-model Ducati Monster, however a helluva lot lower than the $21,999 LiveWire One. You pays your cash and also you takes your alternative. [BMW CE 04 Definition product page]

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