Perrine Bastien HONDA CB550
“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