April 13, 2018


Kenji Katzu, of Katzu Motorworks japanese workshop, explains the genesis of his "Cafe Ol'schoora".

A stunning creation, based on a 2002 V11 Sport Scura, realized in Fukuoka, Japan.

“First of all, a little premise to explain my inspiration about this work: when I watched the Isle of Man’s race on the You Tube, I was really impressed and, before starting the customization process of my next bike, I proposed to myself: let’s find a new harmony between oldschool cafe racer style and modern raceyness motorbikes.

One day, my client came over to Katsu Motorworks on his VII. He wanted to make a cafe racer style oldschool. He did’t give me much of a brief, just removing injection function and fitting the engine with KEIHIN FCR carburetors, then introducing some original parts into an old cafe racer style.

So, work started towards the realization of my “Cafe Ol’schoora”.

First and foremost, I had a trial ride in order to recognize a specific character.

I didn’t want to spoil the good thing of the VII because I have respect for the VII. I decided to represent its torquingfull and racey on the design that was my impression after riding. I started by building seat rail. I fabricated a new subframe from stainless steel pipes and gave the frame a polished finish. Nudging the backside of the seat slightly higher so that I could make it lightweight and narrower of the pipes in diameter led to the racey VII.

Though the seat looks higher, actually it’s almost as high as before. I gave the base of the seat a couple of inches highness, making the seat sponge thinner which reached visually the same result as higher. It is because I believe higher seat looks racey.

And next, I built tailcowl, doing sheet metal with 1 mm steal plate. I made round with the view of antiqueness. I transfered electric system, battery in the tail section of the VII to the top of the main frame so that are hidden away underneath the tank.

Next job is to build two exhaust pipes in an attempt to express the originality my client has.

And another reason why I moved two exhaust pipes upwards is that I ‘m sure this is the best way I express its vigour of Moto Guzzi. I put silencer under the seat and had exhaust port emerge from the mesh of the tailcowl in order to show tail section simple. I built exhausts including silencer out of all stainless steel, one off. I started by building a tank next. My favourite oldschool cafe racer style has a long and narrow tank, which doesn’t match the modern tyres which are thick and inverted front forks.

And then I came up with a good idea.

From the side it looks longer when a rider straddle it the top view looks like volume and a massive machine. Managing exhaust and raising seat rails two inches offer their services though it looks longer from the side.

Exhaust skillfully fill an opening between a tank and engines when I made a tank thinner. Removes the tank, it looks awfully awkward. The length of the tank is as long as normal but the height rises. Raising the seat rails two inches led to looking longer because of controlling the gap between the top of the tank and the seat rails.

I chose and mixed several gray tones for the paintcolour of trim. I put a bit violet into gray I made because heel plates are red and wheels have a bluish tint. I wanted to give the place an impression of solid. I made the black panel between the top of the tank and tailcowl out of rib processing steel plates with beadroller.

A fuel cap is hand-made one off with shaving stainless steel.

About lights, I chose Daytona that has a modern clearlens to make the VII classic. I cut the parts where a normal key sylinder of a top fork stem and meter have been put, and set up the meter of Moto gadget, which is a mount made by stainless steel.”


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