“A work of art on two wheels to enjoy…without any boyfriend nearby.”
Founded in 2004, AKT is a Colombian motorcycle company, primarily importing and assembling bikes with Chinese engines, chassis, and more. The brand has become quite popular, holding some 15% of the country’s market share and establishing itself as a household name in Colombia. One of their most popular models is the NKD 125, a street-oriented commuter with a 125cc 4-stroke engine and dry weight of 215 pounds.
Enter Alvaro Riaño of Rockers Garage, who ended up with this 2016 AKT NKD after a friend moved to Lima, Peru. For his daughter’s 15th birthday, he decided to build her this “jealous dad’s motorcycle” — a single-seat cafe racer:
“Not a conventional motorcycle for daily use — rather a work of art on two wheels to enjoy…without any boyfriend nearby.”
Recently, this black beauty — aptly named “La Negra” — took 2nd place at the 2019 Custom Built Show, the premier custom motorcycle show in Latin America. Below, we get the full story on the build.
NKD 125 Cafe Racer: Build Story
Translated from Custom Built Show…
The story of this motorcycle begins when a friend of Alvaro Riaño, owner of Rockers Garage, decided to settle in Lima. He was the owner of the motorcycle and after some negotiations, the bike stayed with Alvaro. In those days, Juliana, Alvaro’s daughter, had a birthday coming up. Without economic possibilities to invest in a big party or travel, Alvaro decided to do something with his hands. At that moment the project started.
According to Alvaro, this motorcycle is the jealous dad’s motorcycle. This motorcycle is designed specifically for Juliana, and each of the elements has a very special meaning, starting from its driving position that seeks to be used only on special occasions, not to ride it every day.
According to Alvaro, this motorcycle is the “jealous dad” motorcycle, since it is a mono seat, a motorcycle only to be enjoyed by one person. An exclusive experience for Juliana and her motorcycle.
The motorcycle is a 2016 AKT NKD, which in terms of construction has a significant amount of modifications: the tank is from a Honda ECO, the chassis was cut, a new subframe was created, and the clutch and brake lines were lengthened.
We sought a line of minimalist and sober design that would appeal to Juliana’s taste. The wheels and tires were also changed. The damping system was changed and the entire electrical system was lightened and cleaned. The seat was made thinking that it had a classic racing look.
In the end, beyond the technical specifications and performance improvements such as high-flow filters and thermal tape, this motorcycle wanted Juliana to receive a gift made by her father on a special date such as her 15th birthday. Not a conventional motorcycle for daily use — rather a work of art on two wheels to enjoy…without any boyfriend nearby.
A very rock-n-roll motorcycle but with a lot of heart.