Elevated Transformation: Officine Uragani Revives the Buell Café Racer
Elevated Transformation: Officine Uragani Revives the Buell Café Racer
1w ago Custom
Sponsored by Moto Animals

The legacy of Harley and the Davidson's is legendary in the automotive industry, but the Buell name, often associated with the Milwaukee outfit, has struggled to find a lasting partnership. It's unfortunate because visionary Erik Buell has contributed some of the finest American motorcycles in recent decades. While the 'fuel in frame' models receive their due praise, the lesser-known bikes should not be overlooked. Officine Uragani, based in Switzerland, certainly recognizes this, as they breathe new life into an M2 Cyclone, infusing it with a futuristic aesthetic.

While the XB series of Buell motorcycles and beyond have garnered more attention for their innovative frames and improved refinement, the late '90s saw the introduction of remarkable Buell bikes. The S1, with its lightweight design and high horsepower, and the M2, fitting into the middle of the range, have always had a harder time in the looks department. However, the M2's torque-rich engine and well-tuned chassis make it a promising foundation.

Italian designer and builder Raffaele Gallo, under the banner of Officine Uragani, has a penchant for transforming overlooked gems, such as the Honda CX and BMW GS. One of the key elements drawing enthusiasts to Erik Buell's earlier creations is his frames and their sporty character, in contrast to most American motorcycles. However, for Raffaele, the factory Chromoly frame didn't meet his high standards.

The transformation began with cutting, welding, and reshaping to create the perfect frame capable of supporting a substantial V-Twin engine. Enhancements were made to increase rider feedback and mid-corner stability while modifying the subframe to enhance aesthetics. The ultimate goal was to design a more compact yet stronger chassis. Then came the bodywork, where Raffaele's expertise truly shines. Every piece is meticulously hand-shaped from aluminum. "The front fairing alone consists of four carefully shaped pieces and also houses the oil tank."

However, crafting the gas tank was no small feat. It is a largely single piece, beautifully intricate and complex to construct. The elegant lines sit perfectly atop the frame, and the tank features a glass insert to display the fuel level, along with a meticulously machined filler cap housing an analogue clock. Even the seemingly simple tail unit is a work of art, with its stepped design and additional carbon winglets to match the front end. The paintwork, in glossy blue against carbon and raw metal finishes, radiates, with some parts adorned in the Italian tricolor. The silver-finished front subframe and rear numberplate holder add to the overall spectacular appearance. The seat exhibits luxury, combining animal skin with a suede-like material to create the perfect throne.

Raffaele's work exudes aggression with bold lines, sharp angles, and a stance that demands attention. A substantial 240-section rear tire on an 18-inch rim only adds to the bike's ferocity. Adapting the stock swingarm designed for a 170/17 required considerable effort, with cutting, widening, and rewelding to achieve the desired look. The front end matches the rear's boldness, featuring hefty milled triple clamps securing the USD forks. Complete with black mag wheels and Brembo radial brakes, this bike is an impressive package.

The engine doesn't go unnoticed, with the 1203cc unit now breathing through a stunning air filter with a machined basket. The exhaust, following Buell's iconic style, wraps tightly around the engine and exits under the bike, with a more traditional chromed reverse cone muffler. The drive belt has been replaced with a chain conversion, and the new clip-ons and custom rearsets offer a racer-like riding position.



The craftsmanship is exceptional, the hours invested are nearly inconceivable, and the final product leaves you pondering why Buell can't seem to match such transformations with their own products.

#Caferacer #Bike #Moto #Custom #Buell

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