A lot of us started our 2-wheel hobby on a loud, smelly and smokey 2-stroke (I certainly did!). Too bad that youngsters here in Holland are more and more skipping this cool phase. Due to the fact that they can start with (car) driving lessons on the age of 16. It’s also not funny to get caught with a moped or scooter that runs faster than 45km/h.
I still remember that some guys “upgraded” their rides with 70cc or even 125cc cylinders. Those guys ruled the streets! So why not pic a small sized, 2-stroke bike and turn it into a café racer? That’s what Pedro Garbelini from Brazil thought, so built this Yamaha RD135 Café Racer. Dapper!
The Yamaha RD135 is a dull transportation machine built for (and in) Brazil. It’s 132cc engine produces a solid 18hp and revs up to 9000rpm. These guys take a stock version up to 185km/h.
Pedro started his “career” on a RX80 and always felt a strong love for the English café racer culture, so when he founded this RD135 in a pretty bad shape, the idea for the Yamaha RD135 Café Racer was born.
To add some modern details, Pedro bought a cool new instrument panel on eBay.
He decided to go “all black” on his machine. The only thing that escaped this vision is the beautiful diamond stitch leather seat, which is fitted on a custom built seat cowl.
To achieve the typical flat café racer look, a gas tank of a Yamaha RX125 was used, which fits like a glove on the RD135.
Like this bike? It has a big brother: a beautiful RD350 Café Racer: