Blacktrack Motors BT01 and BT01 Carbon
Sacha Lakic took his passion and love for motorcycles and his desire to create unique custom builds and launched his own caféracer brand called Blacktrack Motors.
Inspired by the fusion of emotion and technology embodied in motorcycles, Blacktrack Motors' raison d'être is to create exclusive, undiluted café racers.
Blacktrack's process involves stripping motorcycles to the bare essentials and bringing them up to date with contemporary components.
To this date, Sacha has launched 3 unique builds - all made in a limited series of less than 5 custom bikes.
The BT01 and BT01 Carbon
The blueprint for the BT-01 was created when Blacktrack designer and founder, Sacha Lakic, customized a Honda CX500 that was found in pieces at a friend's garage. Captivated by the allure of the Honda's unique engine layout, he set about transforming the basket case into a sleek, modernized café racer.
The bike was subsequently featured on the prestigious custom motorcycle website, Bike EXIF (eventually coming in at second in their annual Top 10 list and landing on their 2016 calendar). The response was phenomenal, and Lakic soon found himself pressured to produce more of the same.
Now, he's responded - with the Blacktrack BT-01.
The BT-01 started out as a hand-picked, 80s-model Honda CX500. The CX500 was favored by despatch riders in the 80s for its reliability - but Lakic loved it for more than just that.
Its unique engine layout and backbone frame design gave it an aesthetic edge, and a visual lightness perfect for a café racer. The v-twin motor has ample character - and a pleasing sound.
REBUILD & RESTORATION
The BT-01 donor was treated to a thorough overhaul before any other work commenced. Everything was seen to ensure optimal performance and reliability - from new bearings, gaskets and bushes, to a tailor-made wiring system - built with the help of Thierry Avaux and Pierre Gillen from Bike to Be.
The BT-01's bodywork is all-new. The fuel tank mimics the CX500's original unit, but is tilted forward slightly. And the solo seat hints at the BT-01's uncompromising nature, complete with non-slip upholstery and contrast stitching.
The changes resulted in a machine that was significantly lighter than stock, making it a joy to ride.
Clip-on handlebars and rear set foot controls give the BT-01 a sporty riding position to match its stance. The rest of the bike is finished in minimal trim: discreet lighting, side-by-side gauges and a hand-made, exhaust system.
Every component is either painted, polished or powder-coated, with Blactrack's signature red details found throughout. It's a level of attention that you'd expect to see on a bespoke motorcycle - all wrapped up in a chic, timeless package.