After my recent purchase of a Yamaha TW200 I have rediscovered my love of “little” bikes. While I’m not about to permanently trade my W650 Cafe Racer for the tiny TW, I will certainly be taking it out for a fun braaap! around town as often as possible. By some uncanny coincidence, just as the buzz of small capacity cylinders started getting me all excited again, C59R’s “Little Blue” turned up in my inbox. With so many design similarities to my TW and list of custom mods as long as your arm there was no way that I was going to pass this one up!
C59R opened up their workshop doors in 2011 in their hometown of Cambrils, near Barcelona. Little Blue is their second workshop custom, following on from a BMW R100RS Cafe Racer cleverly named “The First One”. With Little Blue being based on a Yamaha SR250 the two donor motorcycles couldn’t be any more different making them both a great showcase of C59R’s creative capabilities.
“Little Blue is a small Street Tracker with clean lines and a two-tone, asymmetrical paint scheme. The two blue tones, together with the silver of the engine and chain guard, the satin black of the wheels, and the white front suspension complete Little Blue’s ultra-clean and striking appearance.”
“The electrical components have been relocated to under the fuel tank and wiring has been hidden inside the handlebars and chassis. The forks are at their original height while the rear suspension has been increased by 20mm balancing the bikes stance. We’ve also added a custom seat of our own design, a handcrafted fenders and a short megaphone style exhaust .”
C59R workshop owner Josep’s modest explanation of the build only scrapes the surface of the extensive work he completed on this build. Some of the other upgrades you may notice include Fehling handlebars, a mini speedometer, Amal carb, Lightech LED indicators, relocated ignition, anodized blue footrests, Pirelli MT90 SCORPION tyres and a Bobber style taillight. All this seems a lot for such a small motorcycle, but this is one build where quality most certainly exceeds quantity.