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RSD KTM 525 EXC

Mar 25th 2011

 

Happiness comes in many forms and today it comes in the color of a beautiful ripe California grown tangerine. What started out as a rough build has been molded into something much more finished featuring 525cc’s of growling KTM fury. This is our next evolution of the Café Moto concept, an ever evolving project that shifts and changes with every bike we do. And yes, we made a real gas tank for this one.


 

All the body work is hand-made aluminum, fabricated here at the RSD compound. FMF did a trick titanium exhaust for us and Chris Wood at Airtrix delivered the Candy Orange Flake paint on the tail, tank and headlight mount. This one is street legal, ultra-light and has just enough horsepower to get you in trouble. Forks and shock have been lowered considerably. We debated back and forth on the front fender then decided to keep it moto with chopped down fork guards. Sub frame has been heavily modified to accept the battery and electronics. She is only missing her license plate which should be on it’s way from the DMV. In the meanwhile we will try our hardest not to get arrested riding it.


 

We took the stock wheels and powder coated the rims and hubs gloss black. Buchanan’s made us some custom 8 gauge spokes that we had coated semi-gloss black. Our friends down at QTM laced them up with orange anodized aluminum spline drive nipples. Can’t wait for our Dunlop Q2 tires to show up so we can get this bike on the ground.

 

A customer brought us his KTM 525 SuperMoto bike to be converted into a Cafe Racer. We’ve been pounding on aluminum for the past three weeks. The tank and tail section are completed. Stay tuned while the rest unfolds.

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