A Sci-Fi inspired supermoto from Brazil…
Isaac Asimov is one of the world’s most renowned science fiction writers, a Boston University professor of biochemistry who authored or edited more than 500 books in his lifetime, many of them concerned with future civilizations and robotics — a term he actually coined! Technologies such as hyperdrives, blaster pistols, and neuronic whips can be found in his work, and Honda named their humanoid robot ASIMO after him. Well-known films such as I, Robot and Bicentennial Man bear his influence.
Enter Fabio Pavani of Brazil’s Pavani Motorcycles, who began building bikes in his grandfather’s old woodworking shop in 2017:
“He was a great inspiration for me, and I named my shop after his, “Pavani Moveis” (Pavani Furniture).”
Today, Fabio still works on that very same street in the Vila Ré neighborhood of São Paulo. When a friend name Jean showed up one day at his shop with boxes full of a strange jumble of parts, Fabio couldn’t help but think of the futuristic technologies from Asimov’s work and a cyberpunk-style build.
His donor was a Kasinski CRZ150 SM — a former Brazilian brand — but the frame has been modified and the gas tank, fairings, exhaust, and more fabricated from scratch:
“I spent something like nine or ten months of bending metal, welding, and exploring some crazy ideas like the microphone plug “key.”
Though Fabio didn’t have a clear plan in mind when he began the build, his influences were clear:
“Absolutely everything about futurism, R.O.R., Isaac Asimov (the QR code on the front plate leads to “The Last Question” on Youtube), some Blade Runner stuff with a Chappie vibe.”
It was the young builder’s first time building a fuel tank from scratch, and we like how he let his imagination run wild with the style of the build and the unexpected influences. Below, we Fabio give us the full details on the project.
Custom CRZ 150 SM: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
My name’s Fabio Pavani, and I’ve been building bikes since 2017. I work alone and do everything by myself, which includes welding, paint, wiring, upholstery, and so on. I work in a little shop in suburb area of São Paulo, in a neighborhood called “Vila Ré” here in Brazil, on the same street I started building bikes in my grandpa’s old woodworking shop. He was a great inspiration for me, and I named my shop after his, “Pavani Moveis” (Pavani Furniture).
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
The bike is a Kasinski CRZ150, a former Brazilian brand of motorcycles.
• Why was this bike built?
This guy (Jean) appeared with a bunch of boxes of strange parts and stuff without any clue of what to do with them. Looking at that pile of stuff made me think of a cyberpunk style, and the futuristic things out of Isaac Asimov’s work. Without any real plan or idea of what to do or what the bike would look, I spent something like nine or ten months of bending metal, welding, and exploring some crazy ideas like the microphone plug “key.”
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
Absolutely everything about futurism, R.O.R., Isaac Asimov (the QR code on the front plate leads to “The Last Question” on Youtube), some Blade Runner stuff with a Chappie vibe.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
Frame work, gas tank, all the fairings, exhaust system, and the wiring was made entirely from scratch.
• Does the bike have a nickname?
• Can you tell us what it’s like to ride this bike?
Being a 150cc motorcycle makes this little machine perfect for the bumpy and trashy streets of São Paulo, which is known nationally for being terribly projected and overwhelmed. It’s light, gas saving (the gas tank carries just three litres), and it’s absolutely fun.
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
I’ve never built a gas tank from scratch before, and I really didn’t know how I would make this one because of the basic structure of the bike. It was a confusing but rewarding process. I’m really proud of the little things that don’t look big, but takes a lot of thinking and trying.
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