Britain’s got biking talent finalists revealed: Moto Guzzi Le Mans Café Racer

By Laura Kennerley -

Custom & modified bikes

 27 November 2009 17:34

Bike: Moto Guzzi LeMans Cafe Racer

Owner: Frazer Yule, 35, Lochmaben, Dumfrieshire

Why this bike? Its one of those things. I have always wanted to make one of these, but never found one available before.

Then one day I spotted and engine for sale on the internet, contacted the guy and it turned out he had a frame as well. I didn’t hesitate, bought them both and spent the next year sourcing parts and building the bike.

Modifications: This is generally a 1970s bike, but I have added some modern features to make it more reliable and a more usable bike. There is a new wiring harness in it and  electric ignition.

I have repositioned the battery underneath the gearbox to change the centre of gravity, added icon rear shocks and a number of other tweaks to make it more reliable.

Most of the metal work is custom and was made locally to me. It cost about £5,000 to £6,000 to make.

Favourite thing: Its just a lazy bike. It is great to ride, it is low revving, grunty, torquey engine and is effortless to ride. It looks uncomfortable, but its not once you get going.

What next? You’ll have to ask my wife if there will be a next! I would like to do a chopper next I think.

The Britian’s got biking talent with Carole Nash competition: The overall winner of the Britain’s got biking talent with Carole Nash competition was crowned at the Carole Nash NEC Bike Show on Thursday November 26.

All 12 bikes will be on show at the Britain’s got biking talent stand (location 2B15) all week.

You will be able to pick up a free calendar featuring all 12 finalists at the Carole Nash stand (location 2C20). 

If you can’t make it to the show, but would still like a calendar log on to http://www.carolenash.com/biketalent_cal.asp to order one at a small cost.