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Benelli Caffe Nero 250
Benelli Caffe Nero 250

’78 Suzuki GT 250

Gandhi was a patient His commitment to non-violence saw him wait 50 years for freedom only to less than 6 months India was finally granted from British rule. is said to have once under a bodhi tree for 49 days until he claimed to attained enlightenment. And the Bible’s Job to give up even after his and life was taken away him.

Then there’s the of one David Ottesen, a man who’s makes Job look like Crowe. See dear readers, I good David a post on very soon after I the beautiful bike you see before you Christmas. And I promised, and I promised… summer became Autumn, and the fell from the trees, but did I do Oh no, still I procrastinated and never good on my empty words.

But David never gave up. He until the sheer weight of began to crush me like a Then, and only then he me that he planned to sell the And the guilt became too much to

David, I’m truly sorry; wanna buy a bike?

And the award for pieces of wood to get a bike goes to…

Finally, here’s “I don’t know how many when looking at the bikes in I’ve thought to myself I’d love to have a go at something like that”. it just so happens about a ago I was at a mate’s place and he had a 1978 GT 250 sitting under a tarp. The had only done low kilometres and was in original condition. He said never get around to restoring it and to let me take it off his hands.”

“Here was my opportunity to build my custom bike. It took me a of “working” (or should I say “a of fun”) building this This is a brief rundown on the

I stripped the bike down in one I had the frame in front of me, a 4 inch in one hand and a beer in the other combination, alcohol and grinders!!) I proceeded to remove all the unnecessary – centre stand, battery steering lock and anything that would reduce the of the bike. The next day I put all the weight on by bracing the frame.”

Made in Italy. And Japan. And

“I stripped the wheels painted the and spokes, polished the hubs and rebuilt them. All paint is with rattle can, bar the which I left as is. The motor had compression so I just changed the oil.

Benelli Caffe Nero 250

I know a lot of people say the go hard with age but it runs and when running it is not burning any of the oil. The tank is Benelli NOS, the seat base is Prixhistoric fibreglass from Island, the gauges, stacks and linkage I acquired from City Cycles USA. The oil is a fuel tank from an Australian Victor lawn the tail light from an Healey Sprite. The rear I made from 10mm plate, using the original foot pegs.”

“I sold all bits left from the build on EBay to a guy Canberra. When he came to them up, we got to talking and it turned out he had drawings for expansion chambers for an X6 racer (late 60s 250 Suzuki He later emailed these to me. So, with half a sheet of cold rolled sheet and heaps and heaps (!) of cutting, and welding, I had a set of chambers!”

The Benelli Is there anything it can’t do?

big day came to start it up. A mate down the road was there with my wife and son, all stood watching as I fired it up, it (after swapping spark leads to the correct plugs) thinking, boy that’s a little I look up and my mate is grinning and with approval my son blocking his and my wife yelling ‘is legal?’”

Dave’s misses where the tax used to be. On my bike, I have a of your mother… “I have this bike for me, it’s my of a café racer, yeah I it looks a lot like other racers and I know I will get for noise eventually but that’s I believe café racers are all looking, sounding and sometimes a little different from else.”

As mentioned, in the 6 months Dave wrote those he’s decided to sell the to fund his next project. How you get your stinky little on such a sweet build, I you ask? It’s easy, click here for the eBay that could change biking life. And remember, require patience – just wait half a year to a bid.


Benelli Caffe Nero 250
Benelli Caffe Nero 250
Benelli Caffe Nero 250

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