I recently came across this bike on Tumblr and shared it on the Wind Burned Eyes Tumblr blog. It's a Honda 1982 CG 125 that has been modified into a custom cafe racer. It's a gorgeous and glamorous example of what you can do with an old bike. I took a few moments to talk with the bike's builder, Fernando Casado, about his latest creation.
Fernando told me that the customization of this bike is 100 percent reversible. That means there are no cuts or holes in the original design. all of the additions can be removed easily if someone would want to. This was done to preserve its historical value.
The fairing, bench for the seat and other added parts were made of fiberglass by Fernando. The brackets for these pieces were made of stainless steel. The brackets holding the fiberglass pieces to the bike mount on the factory mounts on the frame. There's also some new handle bars, turn signals, and a few other parts that bolt right on the bike.
This is a perfect example of the kind of customization I like to see. It's purposeful, simple, and well-thought-out. Fernando did an excellent job of taking a pretty ordinary bike and making it special. Check out the photos below, and if you get time, click through to Fernando's other projects on his Behance profile.