COLOM­BIA’S FINEST

BIKE (UK) - - CUSTOMS -

This tasty Honda Xr400based street-scram­bler comes from the Ace Cus­tom Shop, Bu­cara­manga, Colom­bia. Ace was formed in 2013 by the Solomonte broth­ers, in­dus­trial de­sign­ers Diego and Juan, along with their me­chanic friend, An­drés Cabralas. They’ve been busy ever since build­ing café rac­ers and ’track­ers. Then one of their clients, a graphic de­signer from Bo­gota, sim­ply asked them to cre­ate some­thing ‘mean’ that would cut a dash in city traf­fic. The base bike was Honda’s Usd-forked XR400M. The Ace boys nick­ing the con­ven­tional forks from an XR400MR and adding an 18-inch Ex­cel Takasago wheel, matched out back by a 17. A new rear sub-frame was grafted onto the stock but de-lugged, oil-bear­ing frame which neatly sup­ports the solo seat and, courtesy of a lat­tice-work cage, hides the electrics. The engine was re­built to stan­dard spec ex­cept for cone fil­ters and a hand­crafted 2-into-2 ex­haust sys­tem topped with Su­per­trapps. Tank choice was courtesy of a Yamaha DT250, which nicely abets the scram­bler mo­tif and Diego worked his magic with the front light­ing ar­range­ments us­ing LED strips nestling be­tween sheets of alu­minum deck­ing.

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