Built in a garage by an Austrian engineer who never did any serious professional custom bike building before, this beautiful 1976 CB250 was bought on eBay for less than $400. Of course, price was justified by its terrible condition. But the result you see proves that with time, patience, method and the desire to learn some fabrication skills, almost anyone who really wants to ride its own custom motorcycle can create one, alone or with a couple of friends helping with a few tasks. Clever ideas just require imagination. Producing yours will almost always involve learning how to fabricate. Being an engineer, Christian was excited at the idea of creating his one-off custom parts and succeeded after learning the basic of CAD (computer-aided design) programs.
Because he wanted to create a very light and nimble bike, but still one deserving the classification of “Cafe Racer”, the swingarm was borrowed from a CB400, engine was replaced by a bored out to 390cc CB360 engine running with open velocity stacks. New ignition is from Dyna. Drivetrain uses a race clutch. Throttle is run internally inside the bars. To preserve the vintage appearance, no flashy colors. Just a plain brown paint job, “the new black” of retro custom building. (photography @ David Matl)