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Today we are featuring a GL650 cafe racer build from Lithuania - only the second GL650 on the list. The bike in question:
When he picked it up the frame and fairings had been left out in the elements a little too long, so Mantas stripped the bike back to the frame and had it and the wheels powdercoated black. The tappet covers were also blacked out, and the exhaust headers were given the same treatment. The colour is a one-off by Mantas' friends.
Mantas made the seat, seat pan and tail piece himself out of fibreglass. The exhausts are stock, and the H-box has been retained.
Mantas was drawn to the GL650's unusual engine layout and longevity, and after seeing many CX500 custom builds he wanted to see what could be done with the GL650 as a platform. Apparently neither CXs nor GLs are common in Lithuania, so he had to source parts from many other countries!
Fork gaiters up front complete the cafe racer look. The single gauge covers speed and has a neutral light, indicator lights and a high beam light.
Photos provided and used with permission! One last photo... the "before" bike:
For more inspiration check out the other builds on the list!
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