Buell XB12R Café Racer

6 Apr
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In today’s custom motorcycle scene we see a lot of builds based on Honda’sBMW’s & Triumph’s. No problem at all, but if someone is walking a different road by selecting a more odd base bike, it gets my instant attention. The last time I’ve featured a custom motorcycle based on a Buell was in October 2015: this awesome XB12 SCM R. But today this cool bike popped up: a café racer based on the Buell XB12R Firebolt.

Buell XB12R Cafe Racer

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The creator of this Buell XB12R Café Racer is Miguel Padilla, a motorcycle enthusiast that got injured during a motorcycle accident. Because of his injuries, he could ride for a long time so he decided to build a bike instead of riding it. He picked up a wrecked XB12R Firebolt and started working on it to get it back on the road, with a complete own design twist.

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Miguel wanted to keep it simple and let the geometry of the bike in tact. Most modifications are optical like a custom subframe and seat. Fiberglas gas tank and seat cowl. Relocation of some electrical parts, open filters, Graves Motorsport exhaust, Vetter LED headlight, custom rearsets and clip ons etc.

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I think the result is worth the share! And a great job for a guy who had several broken ribs during the build…!

Photo credits: http://www.enginethusiast.com/

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