Canadian bike outfitters Federal Moto are known for producing some brilliant bike build-outs within the industry. They’ve been so successful in fact over the years that they recently opened a location in Chicago. And while many in the bike world were curious about the quality of a secondary location, we feel this bike, one of their first cafe racers from the U.S.-based location, serves as a harbinger for things to come for the American outpost.
Built from a BMW R100 and dubbed “The Five,” this bike is a sleek trimmed-down Cafe Racer that pays tribute to the past. The airhead was slimmed down and the original bodywork thrown by the wayside except for the fuel tank. Federal Moto then added a new fender, airbag hole cover, and now rides on an under seat dual-shock setup. The leather seat on top features an embedded LED light that functions both as a turn signal and taillight and the motor was entirely rebuilt and treated with a set of Mikuni VM34 carburetors. Out the back, twin Cone Engineering stainless steel mufflers complete the entire setup. Aesthetics notwithstanding, Federal Moto did America proud with this first build and we for one can’t wait to see what’s next on the docket for this outfit.
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