Per­rine Bastien HONDA CB550

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“I’ve never done a track­day, and this is the first time for me at Montl­héry,” said Per­rine. But the steeply banked con­crete curves reach­ing up to 12 me­tres high didn’t scare her. “It was a real joy!” she beamed. Her hus­band mod­i­fied this low-mileage 1974 CB550 with fork yokes from a Du­cati 750SS, fit­ted a Tom­maselli han­dle­bar and sim­pli­fied the wiring loom. The sad­dle with race hump came from a Mash 125, while the mud­guards were pinched off a Suzuki Sav­age. The café racer fair­ing gives a hint at how the styling came about. “The cream paint­work with black pin­stripes is in­spired by the Du­cati in the Coco Made­moi­selle Chanel per­fume ad­verts,” replies Per­rine when we ask about the colour and clean style. “I love this bike. See you at Montl­héry next year!” See you next year – but don’t for­get the cream leathers!

BE­LOW: One of the Tri­umph Thun­der­birds that flew round the bank­ing back in 1949

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