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Your Shop: Dream Wheels Heritage

This is how it happens: dude wants to build a bike and ends up starting a shop and a brand.

A deep recession in Portugal hasn’t stopped 32 year old marketing professional Hélder Moura from chasing his dream. More on that in a bit but first he wants you to meet “Copper”, a 1973 BMW R60/5 that had a former life as a police vehicle.

“About one year ago I began working on my dream bike project,” Moura said. “Several ups and downs (no money, no contacts, no “how to do”, etc etc etc) that led me to do it on my own and with the low money I’ve had.”

About the BMW “Copper”:

1973 BMW R60/5
Claimed power: 46hp @ 6,600rpm
Top speed: 159 km/h)
Engine type: 599cc air-cooled OHV opposed twin
Through the process he was led to the son of an old family friend (Jose Miguel Martins) and the two started a brand together, Dream Wheels Heritage. 

“This build, has a big history behind it: a story of passion about two wheels, how people engage themselves when they love something and share their passion. A dream doesn’t become reality through magic: takes sweat, determination and hard work! Miguel is a true mechanic that knows what to do on a car or motorcycle and I’m an “idiot” (the guy with ideas) and both have a big passion about bikes and cars.”

More Specs:

– New handmade rear section (sub-frame)
– New foot rest and new position of riding
– New hand made exhausts
– 18” front rim
– New shocks
– Vintage BING carbs (from Bmw R100) and new handmade fixing system (in copper)
– Fork from an Honda VTR 1000 (year 2000)
– Brakes (front and rear) from Honda VTR 1000
– Vintage (1950) US Pioneer 145 fog light (adapted)
– Hydraulic clutch
– Speed sensor from a 1997 VW Polo (to be able to have an digital speedometer)
– New Daytona speedometer
– Firestone Deluxe Champion tires
– Blitz motorcycles switch (lights)
– Mini Cooper Hot Chocolate colour (tank)
– Frame painted (without visible original welds)
– New hand made seat

 

Cafe Clubs Abroad

On any Sunday, traveling the winding roads nestled in the mountains of Portugal you will find the “Cafe Racer 351 Club.”  Comprised of bikes of different years, makes and models the club meets regularly and stretches the legs of their trusty cafe steeds to the ton enjoying the fantastic countryside and landscape their country has to offer.

Cafe Racer 351 Club, Portugal

There aren’t many things in life that could be more enjoyable than twisting the throttle of a air-cooled twin up and down and in and out of the sea-side towns and mountain roads.  The perfect place for a cafe racer, the quaint little villages in Portugal offer a fantastic taste of cafe culture with a very old-world feel.  Brick paved roads, street cafes and some of the best latte’s in the world are just a few of the elements that inspire Cafe Racer club 351 members to assemble and share in the camaraderie that their club promotes.

Cafe Racer 351 Club, Portugal

Cafe Racer 351 Club, Portugal

Paying homage to the classic cafe racer style hailing from Britain, CR351 Club members sport everything from track worthy Triton’s to humble Honda’s. They do not discriminate. The only binding and pertinent element seems to be an appreciation for going fast on stripped down vintage scoots. Good on ya guys!

If you get a chance and can read Portuguese, take a look at their website or better yet, take a trip to Portugal and join them for a ride!  From the looks of the video below it’s worth the trip.

Club website – www.caferacer351.com