Based in Hamburg, Kiez Kustoms specialises in Mercedes V8 conversions, Scramblers, Bobbers and Café Racers. Felix, the man behind Kiez Kustoms, has the enviable ability to collect cars and bikes he likes, customise them and then either keep or sell them depending on how he feels. Most of the vehicles in his extended garage aren’t for sale but occasionally he’ll part with one in order to make space for a new project.
I’m always excited when a new Kiez Kustoms bike comes along, Felix’s style is reminiscent of the café racer builders of the early ’60s in that his emphasis is speed and handling first with aesthetics second. This bike is rather unique, it’s built around a CB600 frame with a CBR600 engine dropped in, CBR 900 rims front and back and the removable cowling is off and old 80s racer.
The bike is street legal and track day ready, I love the fact that this bike is a mix of parts across 3 decades infused with that original Café Racer ethos that keeps builders keep mixing, matching and improving. A bike like this is never truly finished, it’s only finished for now.
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