Vida Bandida Reworks the Honda Tornado into a Cafe Racer

Modifying a trail bike into a road-ready speedster.

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Argentinian motorcycle customizers Vida Bandida unveiled a new take on the Honda Tornado. Completely overhauled, the slim trail cycle has been reshaped into a heavy-duty cafe racer.

The original frame was ripped apart and given a new subframe, which allowed for new cafe racer-style traits, like dropped horizontal handlebars and a twin-shock mount system outfitted with retro Harley Davidson pieces, including a fuel tank from the ’60s and ‘883 Sportster’ shocks and headlights. Under the fuel and swingarm sits the battery, snug-in custom casing, aiding the bike’s center of gravity. Behind the “Brat”-inspired seat is a custom brake light, a necessity because the original hardware could fit the new model.

For more of the team’s mods, check out its Facebook page. In related news, check out this custom copper BMW R100 R Mystic.

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