To our faithful followers this combination may ring a bell.
It is the hometown of Ivan Mushev, the master builder of Bull Moto Custom. It was exactly a year ago BikeBrewers published the first post on one of his builds. The magnificent Honda CB 600 Hornet, followed by another article in April of this year on a roaring CB 750F.
In celebration the growing caféracer scene in Bulgaria Ivan and his team decided to play host to the very first Cafe Racer exhibition in their country.
The event was organized by ‘Cafe Racer Club Bulgaria’ with the intention to get together with friends and family and show the rest of the world that there are many reasons to travel to the region, a lively custom scene definitely being one of them.
Bikebrewers were invited to attend the event as ‘special guests’. However travel restrictions prohibited our team from taking part. Missing out on all those events this year due to either cancellations or travel restrictions was bad enough. But when we saw the pictures of the Kyustendil event, our whole team was miserable the whole day.
Our ‘Fear Of Missing Out’ had just materialized into something very real and tangible.
Nice weather, magnificent bikes, gorgeous girls excellent food and a lovely atmosphere. What more can you wish for?
Builders from all over the country were invited to enter their bikes for the contest. No less than 35 well-built machines took part and were judged by a jury consisting of national heroes Nikolay Stoev (Nomad Custom), Veselin Zahariev (Bull Custom Moto), Asen Zahariev (TossaR) and well-known Kamen Harizanov (KKK bikes).
Sponsoring the event was 2021’s sexiest comeback brand Royal Enfield. Not only have they re-entered the custom scene with their sexy Continental and Interceptor models, they are very active in promoting the retro lifestyle and can be seen supporting bike events all over Europe.
Interestingly enough the five winners of the competition all have one name in common: Honda.
For reasons unbeknownst to BikeBrewers this seems to be the dominant brand in the caféracer scene in this Eastern European country. No wonder Royal Enfield were eager to partner in the event. Best way to show the audience and builders there is another brand that deserves their attention. Smart thinking.
And the winners are
First place – Honda CB650 RC03 1979, Honda Classic Garage studio, Sofia, Valentin Spasov
Second place – Honda CBX 750 1983 Ventsislav Angelov
Third place – Honda CB 400
Fourth place – Honda CB 750
Fifth place – Honda CX 500.
From first to third place there were winners cups with cash prizes, and for the #1 there was an addition prize in the shape of a free seat by MG Design.
Not just on two wheels
Besides a roaring caféracer scene, you can find rare classic and retro cars this far East also.
Retro Club “Denteletika” were responsible for the after-ceremony ride. Both cars and bikes joined for a honorary tour around town, including a climb in the mountain area called Hisarlaka and a visit to the ancient fortress.
For those who have not yet had the pleasure to visit Bulgaria, please be aware that this country possesses phenomenal treasures dating back to the days of the Roman Empire. A country well worth visiting for many reasons.
Now that we have seen what we have missed, we have all decided to make sure to add a new date to next year’s motorcycle event calendar. We will be there next time for sure.