Sofi Tsingo is a Ducati Certified Tech and works for Jeff Nash at AMS Ducati Dallas, and this is her CB550 Cafe Racer, clearly designed with performance and handling in mind - as well as proper cafe racer looks - so we wanted to know more. The donor for this build is a trusty 1977 Honda CB550, but there's been a huge amount done to the bike beyond the usual cafe racer cosmetics. The engine has been rebuilt with carbs breathing thru custom velocity stacks, running dynatech ignition and wrapped headers connecting to a stubby exhaust, but the really good stuff includes running a chunky GSXR 750 upside down front end. Excel rims are laced to a Harley hub and using the Suzuki sports bike's calipers, shimmed to clear the spokes and biting down on CBR600RR rotors. Twin Hagon shocks work the rear of the bike in parallel in a pretty unusual setup that mimics an internal monoshock layout, while the stock CB brakes take care of controlling the rear. The tank is a Benelli and the seat and tail section have been custom made to fit the modified rear subframe, all painted in a lovely metallic blue. The headlamp is from a Harley and of course there's loads more we could mention. The inset rear lamp reminds us of the indestructible robot in The Day The Earth Stood Still. You can get away with mounting plates like this in the US (sometimes). We assume that LED strip is the brake light? The bike looks fantastic, and has a spec to suggest it handles as good as it looks. Great work Sofi. Pic 1, Credit to Brandon LaJoie. Check out his work HERE Black & Whites were taken by Lou Goodrum
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