The cafe racer trend has spit out some of the most creative bike builds in history, but the consequence of customizing is leading to the extinction of classic models. The c-racer was created in response to this trend and is instead built around a new donor bike – the Skyteam Ace 125, a modern replica of the iconic Honda RC 110 from the 1960s. This means no harming of historical bikes and 0 miles on the odometer for the new owner!
It’s been designed from what Nikos Manafis’ refers to as a nostalgic retrofuturistic approach. For the futuristic part, inspiration was drawn from earlier ideas about the future – a seamless monocoque body with art deco influence from the 30s, and a 80s futuristic movie flair. The monocoque body is made using aerospace grade fiberglass to ensure high strength and flexibility, important factors for the cantilever design.
Cafe racers aren’t designed with ergonomics in mind, and the c-racer is no exception. The user experience, however, is enhanced by an exaggerated lean-forward riding position that invites the user to “hug” the monocoque body. In this position, the sense of speed is increased and the rider’s gaze is directed straight ahead on the road as well as the minimal motogadget gauge.
Designer: Nikos Manafis