Elegant Apparatus #1
By Ali Latimer - 27 Jun 14
This is one of those builds that draws you in to its details, all the little changes that make the overall result, the list of replacements, enhancements and adjustments is quite extensive, so here's some of it:
The donor bike is a fresh 7,000 kms engine that Facundo has owned from new. Mudguards are from a 1938 Velocette, the bars and levers came from an old Triumph scrambler and the headlight is from a 2008 Harley Street Bob with H4 bulb allowing an XR to actually see properly, something they weren't good at from the factory. Akront anodized rims are dressed with 4.00 x 18 Bridgestones Trail Wings.The fuel tank came from a 1971 honda scrambler, she's had hand built levers, switches and bracketry, and the front brake pump is hidden under the fuel tank. The bikes electrical system is only 10 cm long with all the original connectors and components, and an ignition key was added to the side of the frame, many of these XR's are keyless work horses. The frame was re-designed and benefits from being tig welded. The rear of the frame has been curved, replicating the waves at Biarritz, not just the location for this bikes reveal, but also one of Facundo's favourite places in the world, and whether he's chilling in Spain or Biarritz, watching the set with a cold beer, he'll have a bottle opener close by, a useful addition for those weekends away in the Mediterranean warmth. The seat is all handcrafted, even the hinges and under it you can find a nice tool roll, the upholstery is synthetic but water repelent and amazingly strong and durable. All wires run inside the frame. The silencer is an aftermarket one which was previosly fitted on the bike, the system however has been redirected and now aims downward, inspired by modern Dakar bikes. This is such a lovely bike, and knowing how they ride, it's a guarantee that Facundo and Guillermo will love it, in fact this is what Facundo has to say about it 'I wanted to design a fresh bike, fun to ride, with a nostalgic retro look, but with some serious performance. The bike you would choose to go to the beach in the summer or to take for a spin in the forest of the Pirineic mountains in autumn' Many thanks to the Facundo for sharing this great bike, to see what inspires them as well as seeing more shots of this build and even one of the Benelli's, check out the link to the blog, there really are some inspirational and elegant images to behold.