"The Pauspecial" is a 1988 Yamaha 125 Special built by Eduardo Iglesias of Russell Mecanica, whose BMW was featured on The Bike Shed a while back, but it's not just on here because it looks good, it's here because we really need to celebrate these small capacity customs. Not everyone on a cafe/brat custom is an ex-sports bike rider, hungry for big ccs and torque. Lots of people discovering our world of custom motorcycles come from scooters or bicycles, or no bike experience at all, and others are just not looking for a machine that wants to throw them off into a hedge the first time they're less than subtle on the throttle. Bring them on. These riders are the future. This bike was bought in original condition with 14,000 kms on it. It was black and was a runner with Spanish papers, ready to ride. When Eduardo first got hold of the bike he decided to give it to his wife as a birthday present, but a month later they discovered she was pregnant so it became the donor for a build for Eduardo's friend Paulino who is the chairman of two surfing schools and a hotel/restaurant in Salinas Beach in Asturias, where Motofest was held. Paulino wanted a bike that would give him the opportunity to ride it to the beach with his surfboard, so it needed to be a gentle ride - plus it was the first bike he was to own after his Vespa. Eduardo dismantled the bike, rebuilding the rear subframe and seat, relocating the battery and electrics. The front end is new and comes from a Beta trials bike, donating the forks, brake and front wheel, both wheels wear trial tyres. The tank comes from a Derbi and the seat was handmade and upholstered, and although it's not apparent from these photos, there is also a surfboard rack. The paint job is inspired by the colours used in Paulino's hotel, The Longhouse. Pics from www.noroestefoto.com
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