Yamaha XS 400
Icreated this cafe-racer together with Flavio Laus. It is based on a Yamaha XS 400. (If you don’t know that bike you should google search it to really get a sense of this project.) When we bought the bike the body was worth almost nothing. Since its completion I wouldn’t sell it for any price! The design is entirely based on a photomontage that I created upfront. Flavia Laus helped me restore the bike as close as possible to its original form. There were sleepless nights of anticipation before the moment this kick-ass café- racer devil would prominently be parked in my office. I could see nothing but the design potential within this bike. As if I needed additional reasons, the price was ridiculously inexpensive.
This nifty little bike’s roots extend all the way back to 1970 and is the smaller sister of the #famous XS 650. In its time it had one of the most advanced engines of #parallel-twin motorcycles. The engine and #gearbox are unit construction with horizontally split crankcase for ease of assembly. Thanks to her lightweight, you can enjoy city riding without pain. Short Riders are well served with a comfortable seat height. One more thing she does remarkably well is getting inside the tightest of office elevators.
COFFEE RACER vs. coffee table
Our office (some call it the Art Directors Motorcycle Club) is on the top floor of a 6-story building. It has no freight elevator and the stairs are steep, but there was no way to keep us from working on that bike during and after work right in our own studio. We finally managed to squeeze it into our ancient 50-year old elevator (usually permitted to lift 3 people). Our landlord still wonders how we got it up there but we were careful and left no traces.