Café Racer Dreams is a Spanish custom shop with a sleek and pared-back style. So this vintage-themed machine is something of a departure for Pedro and his crew, but it works beautifully. It’s based on the 1979 Ossa Copa 250, a lightweight two-stroke single known for its four distinctive fins on the cylinder head—and its unusually low mixture ratio of 3.5%, rather than the Ossa norm of 5%. CRD has strengthened the frame and rebuilt the motor, fitting a Mikuni 38 carb and a hand-made exhaust system. They upgraded the forks and also installed 18” aluminum wheels, replacing the stock five-spoke items.
The electrical system has been simplified and the battery moved to the back; the ignition key unit is now attached to the chassis. Finally, Cafe Racer Dreams fitted a race replica tank and the tail unit from a Yamaha, now graced with a custom seat. I’m betting that ‘Grand Prix’ is a lot of fun to ride, as well as a feast for the eyes. And it’s good to see a ‘name’ builder turning its attention to a lightweight two-stroke. How long before we see a vintage motocrosser converted to a road-going café racer?