NO BREAKING NEWS ABOUT A RECENTLY DISCOVERED INSECT, but a new star shining brightly in the custom building Universe.
This is only his first bike, but we expect to see much more of the Bulgarian builder in the future.
Kyustendil (Bulgaria) based Bull Moto Custom and its owner Ivan Mushev, are relative newcomers to the custom galaxy. For his maiden project he was inspired by the BMW R nineT built by Kaichiro Kurosu (Cherry’s Company) about 5 years ago.
Instead of the German brand, Ivan decided to go for a more affordable Honda 600 Hornet as a donor vehicle for his project. As he describes it: “Doing something with a smaller budget, but for a larger audience”.
Although there are similarities in the looks of both bikes, the Hornet is a very different machine altogether. It is named “Sekekama’ after an African lion starring in a National Geographic series. Hearing the Honda roar we immediately understand the connection that Ivan made in his mind when working on this project.
The 600cc Hornet engines pack a respectable 100+ horsepower which are thunderously available around 12.000 rpm. Most of us are probably familiar with this popular bike, which can be ridden in comfort at lower speeds. When revving over 7.000 rpm we enter the comfort zone of this particular bike. It is upwards from this point where the design of Sekekama really fits its performance.
The Bulgarian built machine is spectacular form the first moment you lay your eyes on it. Biggest eye catcher is the front, with the fairing bearing obvious similarity to the Kurosu R nineT. It fits the overall design of the Honda perfectly and the lines of the tank and the rest of the machine.
We investigate a bit further and ask Ivan what he had in mind when he switched on the lights in his workshop and walked around the Honda. He explains: “The idea was to combine a caféracer and a street fighter. I just wanted to get the most exciting bits from both genres and mix them together. As a result this ‘caféfighter’ came to life. Gathering form the reactions I have had, it worked. He smiles broadly”
“I can design what I want and how I like things best. This does not automatically mean that the rest of the world agrees. Proof is always in the eating of the pudding. In this case it was a German gourmand who immediately fell for the bike at first sight and bought on the spot. Need I say more?” Ivan now laughs out loud.
One of the hurdles the Bulgarian and his friend/colleague Svetoslav Kostadinov had to take, was to keep it a comfortable ride whilst staying within the design lines they had determined. Adjusting the front suspension helped them achieve their goal. The suspension and shaving off quite a lot of weight resulted in an augmented sprightliness ride. The new owner has already clocked quite some miles on it and was very complimentary in his feedback about the comfort, even on longer rides.
Another challenge was finding a spot for the cooling liquid reservoir. Their solution was to position it under the seat and make it look like an extra exhaust pipe.
Further changes to turn the Hornet into this beautiful butterfly; a reworking of the exhaust system, which was born a Leo Vince but required adaptions and had to be shortened. The frame was completely redesigned by Innox. The builders also included elements of some well-known brands for the project, such as Rizoma, Daytona, Puig, RD Moto, M Factory and Pro Bolt. Everything in the body of the bike is hand-crafted by the two building buddies.
Listen to the roar!
Is just reading about this build just not enough for you?
As a premiere we connect with our friends from Racer TV this time.
Follow this link and enjoy video footage for the Sekekama on this unique platform with its consummate and elaborate commentary.