Have you guys ever heard of a Kasinski Comet 250? Neither had we — until we stumbled across this 250cc cafe racer from Lucca Customs, who are based on the Brazilian island of Florianópolis. Lucca Customs made quite a splash with their first pair of builds: Twisted and Catharina I, which were both trackers. Now the crew is back with their first cafe racer build, dubbed Catharina II.
As Fabio Luiz of Lucca says:
“We know that every minute a motorcycle is born in this style. So we tried to develop a unique design…”
One of the main issues with stripping down modern sport bikes is their boxy frames, which are meant to be hidden beneath plastic fairings. With Catharina II, Lucca Customs circumvented this problem entirely. This 250cc cafe racer boasts an entirely hand-crafted frame. Below, we get the full details on the build.
Comet 250cc Cafe Racer: Builder Interview
(Answers by Fabio Luiz of Lucca Customs. Highlights by us.)
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
Lucca Customs, is located in Brazil, on an island called Florianópolis. We are a brand of helmets and our passion for motorbikes and helmets has made us embark on the world of customization. Our projects are made for us without extreme intention on sale, we say that we do not build motorcycles, we create dreams.
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
The brand of this bike is Kasinski, year 2008 and the model, you can believe, is a 250cc Comet.
• Why was this bike built?
The idea of creating Catharina II was due to the success of Catharina I, we thought to create a re-reading of it, but this time instead of a street tracker (style of Catharina I), a cafe racer. To say that we do not expect exposure would be a lie, even because we are giving this interview to you, which we consider to be one of the two largest communication channels on motorcycles in the world, but 80% of the reason is the excitement to pilot a project made by us.
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
We were influenced by the cafe racers. But we know that every minute a motorcycle is born in this style. So we tried to develop a unique design, if you notice the structure of the bike was totally made by hand, nothing was taken advantage of the old bike.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
In addition to the original such as headlight, flashlight, flashers and panel — its frame was handcrafted, that is it is unique.
The cockpit brings a rare and comfortable position for those who are keen to accelerate and the suspension reversed at the front in addition to keeping the rubber of the tire as much as possible in contact with the ground absorbing the impacts giving more stability in the straight and curves.
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
We’re designing an incredible movie for this project, we’re going to enter next month for the recording set. And BikeBound.com will be the first to receive the link to the final result of the movie.
Photographer and Marketing Director: Fabio Luiz Silva: @fabioluiz.sc