Before we dive into how awesome this bike is. Let me first introduce you to the man behind this build. Øyvind Caspersen, often known by Casper is responsible for this masterpiece. He is a 38 year old living in Oslo, Norway where people are just starting to discover the Café Racer.
Growing up Casper did not have any official mechanical education. He just had a passion for cars and had the opportunity to help his father work on some cars. Casper always enjoyed driving or riding something that others done have. So Casper decided he would build himself a motorcycle since he was kind of tired of driving the company car around.
So after figuring out he wanted to build a Café racer Casper found a good deal on Finn ( there version of craigslist) and pick up a 1977 Suzuki GS 400. That became his first build. After some time has passed Casper wanted to continue building motorcycles. So gathered 4 of his friends to rent out a work shop that was located just outside of Oslo. The guy’s turned an old pigbin into a fully functional workshop where they now can build bikes. They also came up with a name and a logo. They called it Tux Customs.
For his second build. Casper decided to do a Honda café cross build. So he chose a 1987 Honda XL600R. This was an interesting choice since most people don’t convert these bikes into Honda café racers. After searching the internet for ideas Casper stumbled upon Classified Motos KT600 build. This was the bike that Casper would be drawing his inspiration from. Since Casper likes to have original one of a kind rides. He decided to change up a few things. He wanted to keep some of the bikes origins and to make the bike fully road legal with the Norwegian DMV.
When it came time to start buying parts. Casper said,” Almost every main part is bought at eBay, only the front suspension is bought here in Norway. It has been much cheaper for me to get parts sent from USA or England, even with tax and shipping, then buying it locally.”
Now that it was time to install these parts. The front suspension off a 05 Kawasaki ZX10r was not that hard to install. Casper just had to modify the stock steering stem. When it was time to install the rear swing arm that was a different story. The 1987 VFR 400 swingarm did not just fit right in. It was too wide. The answer to this problem was to make new mounts out of 8mm steel that would securely hold the swing arm in place. During that process the rear subframe was also cleaned up. The stock sub frame did not have the lines Casper was looking for. When he started installing the CFR750 wheel he noticed that the tire he wanted to run was going to be to wide for the subframe. So with a few modifications and some aluminum welding he was able to make it work.
With that out of the way he could now start re assembling the whole bike. That part of the build did not take long. What took a long time was trying to wire up the bike in a way that the wiring would be hidden. Casper says.” There were of course a lot of small issues during the assembly, but then again – it wasn’t much of the parts that belonged to this bike in the first place”
Now that the bike was all done Casper took it down to have the DMV to have it inspected for the public roads. This proses took most of the day since he had to go to a different place to get his exhaust noise tested. Casper said he knew the bike was all good when he saw the technicians face after the test drive.
Parts used for this build.
2005 Kawasaki ZX 10R front end
1987 Honda VFR 400 single sided swingarm modified to take a VFR 750 wheel
mid 70’s Honda CB 550 gas tank
Bates-lookalike LED rear light
7″ headlight with yellow tint
Biltwell Kung Fu grips
new levers in black/gold and 2001 Yamaha R1 rearsets
Continental TKC 80 Twinduro tires