If you’ve spent any time in Spain, you’ll have noticed the hordes of small-capacity bikes and scooters that swarm the streets. Ridden with verve—and in some cases, abandon—they’re a noisy affirmation of the Iberian love affair with motorcycles.
In the western world, most custom motorcycles are bought (or built) by older riders—those who are accustomed to larger bikes, and have the bank accounts to match. But in Spain, cash is in short supply: the unemployment rate is an astounding 27%. So it’s refreshing to see a European builder working on a more accessible custom, like this stylish little machine from Cafe Racer Dreams. Nicknamed “Petite Delí”, it’s based on a 1999 Honda CG125.
The CG125 is familiar to every Spanish teenager, but not in this form. Pedro García, Efraon Triana and the crew have upgraded the Honda with the complete front end from a Yamaha SR250, Tarozzi foot controls, Renthal bars and the tank from a vintage 49cc Lambretta motorcycle.
A custom Megaton exhaust extracts every last ounce of power from the air-cooled single, and Pirelli Scorpion MT 90 tires maximize grip. The battery has been relocated to the swingarm, the seat is now swathed in rich brown leather, and a classy paint job provides the finishing touch.
“Petite Delí” has already been sold, but Cafe Racer Dreams is planning a short run of affordable customs based on the CG125. Perfect for zipping around the avenidas of a busy Spanish town, don’t you think?