Andres honda CB500t “Wicked Starling” cafe racer

Andres Cb500t cafe racer

Now this bike comes from a place that might not be so well known to most people. With 1.3 million citizens Estonia is not that big of a country. But, that’s not to say that nothing great came out of Estonia. Here is only a few things that Estonia has offered to their country and the world. Free public transportation and Skype and finally Renard speed shop. I would have to say Renard Speed Shop would have to be my favorite out of these three. That’s because Andres Uibomäe has an eye for design and a craftsman hand.

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Andres owns the speed show and has built his latest creation the Honda 500t. He called it the “Kuri Kuldnokk” which means “Wicked Starling”. This bike actually started its life in Germany.The previous owner owned it and took great care of it. But unfortunately for him he got into a small accident and messed up the front end. The triple tree was broken and the forks got bent.

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After brining the bike home he placed it in storage and it was there for 10 years. After this time has passed Andres was able to find out about this bike and buy it for a good deal. Since the bike was sitting for so long the KM’s were low on the bike. So Andres took the bike back to the shop and started the restoration proses.

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Now that the bike was in the shop Andres started by stripping the bike down and starting from scratch. He took care of the motor first. He installing new gaskets, seals, and rings. Then the motor was painted black and gold and sat on a shelf until the frame would be complete. With everything of the frame Andres was able to trim of what was unnecessary and add a rear loop for the seat setup he wanted to do.

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Andres said most of the bike was not that difficult to build. Most of his craftsmanship efforts went towards making the rear swing arm 70mm longer. He says that the swing arm is one of the keys of this bike looking so good. To get the most out of the swing arm Andres attached Öhlins gas filled shocks from a Yamaha sr500. After close examination of the front end Andres realized that the stock CB500 shocks would work just fine with the rear end. So he just rebuilt them.

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Now there are a tone of other things that look amazing on this bike. For example the exhaust is a custom 2-into-1 system that’s wrapped in black with a reverse megaphone tip. The triple tree also received some attention. Andres was able to fit 2 Motogadget dials right into the triple tree. The headlight is also special. Andres says it supposedly used to be an old car fog light. As you can see Andres definitely has the eye for design and the patience and skill to get all of the little details just right. I will be looking out for more of his work.

Original Source : www.returnofthecaferacers

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