Vintage Motorcycles; An Interview with a Café Racer Builder.

Vintage Motorcycles Builder

For the love of vintage motorcycles. Some riders get the two-wheelers nickname through time while others are born to be two-wheelers. Riding motorcycles is not just a side hobby for those people, it’s a way of living, a lifestyle, a never-ending passion for those beautiful machines.

 

Those genuine two-wheelers are the kind of riders who may spend months or even years building their own motorcycles. The kind of riders who get locked down in their own garage for hours and you can simply hear nothing but the amusing symphony of welding and hammering that is totally sweet to the ears for the passionate riders. Custom motorcycle builders, motorcycle tuning freaks and the masters who love to restore vintage motorcycles just have it running through their veins.

 

 

The Two Wheelers Magazine managed to contact one of those beautiful and rare “creatures”. We were honored to have the chance to conduct an interview with this passionate café racer builder whose passion for these bikes can never be put into words.

 

The Vintage Motorcycles Rockstar.

 

Vintage Motorcycles Builder
Our Rockstar with his 50 cc Motorcycle.

Two Wheelers Mag:

“ Can you please start by introducing yourself? “

The Rockstar:

“ My name is Richard Fortunati.  I was born on the 18th of October 1995 in Holland and I’m currently a student. I work as a mechanic in a car garage to sustain myself financially.”

Two Wheelers Mag:

“ For how long have you been riding motorcycles?”

The Rockstar:

“ Surprisingly, I just started riding last year! Last winter to be more specific. “

Two Wheelers Mag”

“ When did you discover your passion for motorcycle building?”

The Rockstar:

“ Well, I can clearly say that it was the moment I started to walk. I realized that I was born to ride those beautiful machines. I didn’t just fantasize about riding them, I have always dreamt of building café racers myself too and I’m currently living my dream.”

Two Wheelers Mag:

“  What is your favorite brand of vintage motorcycles, and why?”

The Rockstar:

“ Honda, it has always been. Those motorcycles are simple and clean-looking.  I might be emotionally attached to this brand too as it was my first motorcycle.”

Two Wheelers Mag:

“ How many bikes did you build until now?”

The Rockstar:

“ Two, my first one was a 50 cc which is the one that I’m still riding. I’m currently working on my second MIJ motorcycle. She’s a beauty and I really can’t wait to get done with her.”

Two Wheelers Mag:

“ How long does it take to build one?”

The Rockstar:

“ It only took me four weeks to build my first one. However, it has been two months since I started working on my second one and it’s estimated to be done after another three more.”

Two Wheelers Mag:

“ What was the greatest obstacle that you have faced during building vintage motorcycles?”

The Rockstar:

“ Fixing a broken engine. I literally had to strip the whole motorcycle down in order to fix it. It took me three tough weeks to get it running again and it was the most expensive project compared to others.”

Two Wheelers Mag:

“ Do you have your own garage?”

The Rockstar:

“ Nope, all the magic happens in a 2×3 meter barn. I personally believe that it’s not about the place as long as you have access to all the equipment that you need to get the job done.”

Two Wheelers Mag:

“ How can your fans follow up with your updates about the projects?”

The Rockstar:

“ They can follow my Instagram account @Ride_With_Richard for the latest updates.”

Two Wheelers Mag:

“ What are your future plans?

The Rockstar:

“ I really want to build a Scrambler motorcycle.  Later on, I may raise the challenge to a Chopper one too. I’m in love with nearly all types of vintage motorcycles.”

Two Wheelers Mag:

“ Now that our interview has come to an end. Do you need to add anything?”

The Rockstar:

“ I just hope that one day I become a role model for all the custom motorcycle builders out there!”

Two Wheelers Mag:

“ Thank you so much, Richard, for your time. Keep on building those amazing machines and ride safely.”

The Rockstar:

“ It’s my pleasure.I hope that I inspired a few vintage motorcycles enthusiasts to start their projects too and pursue their dreams.”

Bottom Line.

This interview didn’t just reflect how some riders are passionate about vintage motorcycles. It simply demonstrated how some people chase their dreams to achieve it. It doesn’t matter how old you are or for how long have you been riding. If you are passionate about motorcycles you will just get hooked up to this amazing machine.

 

Hopefully, this interview inspired all the café racers builders around the world. Building custom motorcycles is an art only a few riders will understand. Happy riding to all our fellow bikers around the world!