In 2021 Markus Pintzinger celebrated the 10-year anniversary of his Thailand-based aftermarket elements retailer, Omega Racer. To commemorate the milestone anniversary Markus determined to do what any customized fanatic would do and construct himself a brand new motorbike. The Omega Racer retailer sells bolt-on elements for a number of common fashionable retro bikes such because the Yahama SR400, Kawasaki W650 and the newest slew of Triumph Bonnevilles. However, reasonably than do the apparent and select a kind of bikes for his personal undertaking, Markus determined to show his hand to one thing new.
Markus’ selection of donor for the undertaking was a Kawasaki AR80, in any other case often called the Micro Magnum in Thailand. Produced in the course of the Eighties the AR80 is an 80cc two-stroke “sportbike” which produced a contact over 10hp and weighed a measly 78kg. Markus acquired the bike for the princely sum of $100 which, as you may think about, wasn’t in nice situation. So after tearing it down he match the bike with new wheels and suspension, overhauled the engine, added a tuned exhaust system and cleaned and resprayed the body in a hanging tropical inexperienced.
Markus then teamed up along with his long-time good friend and fabricator, Korn. Beginning with foam blocks Korn sculpted the brand new bodywork within the model of Italian race bikes from the 50s and 60s. These have been then used to create aluminium variations which have been polished to a mirror shine. Though this little Kawasaki cafe racer could by no means break the ton, it certain appears prefer it’d be enjoyable attempting!
Picture Credit score: Thanuthong Jariyatham