Vintage Iron has been in the motorcycle restoration business for 25 years and they have built race bikes, street bikes, collectible bikes and a few one-off projects. But the company is best known for its ability to restore period perfect motocross bikes.

For Café Racer TV, VI’s owner, Rick Doughty was asked by one of his clients to take a nearly new Rokon Cobra MX machine and make it into a street bike. Here is the story straight from Rick:

“Nothing we have ever built is as wild and interesting as the King Kobra, commissioned by Tom Reese of Moto Armory. Tom just happens to own the largest off road motorcycle collection in the country and Rokons are some of his favorites.

Rokon started manufacturing two wheel drive trail bikes and later developed full size competition motorcycles, all with snowmobile engines and clutches. Rokons were therefore very unconventional which made the brand a perfect candidate for a cafe racer project.

The original Cobra was the highest performance machine that Rokon ever offered and was very limited production with less than 100 made.

The King Kobra is a “one of one” machine that showcases a blend of old and new technology and sticks to the unique spirit that is Rokon and Tom Reese.” 


Bike: 1974 Rokon Cobra (Now “King Kobra”)

Frame: Rokon

Subframe: None

Engine: 340cc Sachs snowmobile with reversed head and cylinder

Carburetion: 38mm Mikuni flat slide

Rear Swing Arm: Original Rokon

Rear Wheel: Mid-70s Harley Sportster

Front Wheel: Mid-70s Harley Sportster

Clip-Ons or Bars/ triple clamps: David Munoz Billet Fabrications

Seat: Legendary Motorcycles cafe seat

Tank: Legendary Motorcycles cafe tank

Rear Sets: David Munoz Billet Fabrication

Tires: Dunlop

Exhaust: Custom, hand made Vintage Iron expansion chamber

Paint: Vintage Iron metallic dark gray

Headlight: Legendary Motorcycle generic cafe headlight

Front Brake: Yamaha XS650

Rear Brake: Yamaha XS 650

Top Steering Clamp/Triple Tree: David Munoz Billet Fabrications

Vintage Iron

Rick Doughty


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