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“YOU SEE A LOT OF CAFE RACERS ON THE INTERNET AND I DIDN’T WANT IT LOOKING THE SAME”

TONY Da Silva has been into motorcycles for most of his adult life, firstly in South Africa and more recently in Western Australia. For a while there, his focus shifted to fettling the motocross bikes his children raced while he established a successful machine shop in Perth. But when the planets realigned post-kids, as they eventually do, it was time to restock the herd.

His early impulse was to revisit the bikes from his past, starting with the tiny Suzuki GT185 that got him going in 1982. But it was when chasing down his second-ever bike, a Honda CB900F Bol d’Or, that the seeds of customising were sown. Finding one too far gone to restore, he put his toe into the water with local custom shop 66 Motorcycles in Fremantle and loved the result, which we might bring you some other time. But for

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