• Cafe Racer Factory – La Gjiegjia

    by  • April 26, 2012 • 900SS, Cafe Racer, Motorcycle, SS • 4 Comments

    This is an older build coming from the guys over at Cafe Racer Factory, in the province of Cosenza, Italy. This motorcycle is based on a Ducati 900SS fuel injected model. The name of the build, “La Gjiegjia” pronounced ghiegghia, is based on a local Albanian derogatory slang used in the province of Cosenza. The term ghiegghio is mostly used in a negative way to point out the reputation of certain Albanians as big drinkers (hence the can of Jack Daniels – oil catch can) and the ease with which they used firearms (12-gauge Winchester shells – frame plugs). This motorcycle, was reborn and built in one of these communities, built by the hands of ghiegghie.

    At the front, the headlight was sourced from a Kawasaki Drifter 800 and the instruments have been reduced to a tach from a Harley Davidson and relocated LED’s to the triple clamps. The ignition block has been removed and relocated to a floating triangular aluminum plate located on the right side of the engine where there are two aircraft style buttons, that need to be switched on to get the engine roaring. The electrical harness has been modified extensively, the air temperature sensor has been relocated in front of the airbox and one of the ignition coils has been relocated next to the other one on the left side of the bike. The motorcycle was completely stripped, rear subframe was modified, detabbed and hand finished.

    The wheels were sourced from a Sport 1000, and they were modified in order to be adapted to this build. New bearings, bushings and a machine job for the hubs were necessary for the correct fit. Although the wheels are from a Sport 1000, the gas tank is from the 900SS. The tank has been heavily modified; the shape was changed to fit the overall theme of the bike, and the retro Monza cap was fitted to the right.  The original gas cap opening was closed off and it now offers two breather gas-vapor valves. One of the main focus points on this build is the hand-made genuine leather belt which seems to keep the tank tied to the frame.

    The exhaust manifolds are hand-made from one piece tubular steel with no welds. The collectors are wrapped despite having been painted with black heat-resistant paint. The exhaust system ends with the two SuperTrapp mufflers that are open, and they run underneath and to the right of the rear subframe. The paint work is another focus point on this build, as the finish gives off that retro swag. Attention to detail on the paint work was crucial as careful and delicate work was needed for the right size and proportions of the “old stains”. The choice of colors and the use of flat tones are the perfect choice for this build. Check out the gallery for more pictures.

    List of Modifications:

    • 900SS fuel injected engine
    • Kawasaki Drifter 800 headlight
    • Harley Davidson tachometer
    • Sport 1000 wheels
    • CRF exhaust headers
    • SuperTrapp mufflers
    • Monza gas cap
    • CRF oil catch can (Jack Daniel’s can)
    • CRF frame plugs (Winchester 12-gauge shells)
    • CRF timing gear Shuriken covers
    • CRF hand-made leather belt
    • CRF reshaped gas tank
    • CRF front fender

    Via: Cafe Racer Culture
    Photos: Cafe Racer Culture  & Eugenio Candreva


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    4 Responses to Cafe Racer Factory – La Gjiegjia

    1. April 26, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      Beautiful machine, thanks for posting

    2. April 27, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      There’s too much going on for my taste. The headlight looks a bit too long. The red grips are distracting. I don’t mind wrapped headers terribly but not on this bike. I understand the look they were going for but I think they missed the mark on execution. Nice write-up though.

      • April 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm

        I know what you’re saying. However there are some elements that I like on this build: the paint scheme, the tank, the leather belt, the jack daniel’s catch can, and the fact that most of the mods were done on a very low budget. It is however a matter of taste and in that matter; de gustibus non est disputandum. Thank you for your kind words.