Ad Hoc Cafe Racers have been featured on the Bike Shed since their early days, and right from the beginning they carved-out their own original aesthetic to their builds, and the latest custom bike to roll out of their Barcelona workshop is another beauty. The bike is a 1983 Yamaha XJ750 and was ordered early last summer. The brief was simple - and all too familiar - a classic look, and a very tight budget. The problem with budget builds is that people still expect them to look great, and every bike with your logo on it, is a reflection of your skills. No pressure then... The bike was stripped and first job was to try a few different tanks to get the right shape. David eventually settled on a tank from a 2002 GT Derbi 70S which cropped up in a friend's warehouse. The fibreglass seat was donated by a Yamaha TZ, which was split and widened to accommodate the integrated Gonelli light. Once the main bodywork was sorted the bike was treated to new bars, indicators, mirrors, rear-set foot controls and headlight, with all the major hardware sandblasted and powdercoated. The electrics were also simplified and tucked away, with the battery hidden under the seat. Betor gas shocks were fitted to soak up the bumps, and Avon Roadrunners used for a balance of chunky looks and decent performance... For a budget build, this bike was getting a lot of TLC. Ad Hoc always opt for a classy paint job, and this bike was to be no exception, finished in two shades of grey and brown upholstered seat. The bike looks superb, and certainly a couple of steps up on the average "tight budget build". Nice work, and thanks to David and Ad Hoc for sharing. See more from Ad Hoc Cafe Racers on their Bike Shed page. Follow David on Facebook, and there are more pics on AdHoc’s own Wesbite. Photos by Monica Doallo
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