If you’ve seen the cover of the August 2013 issue of IronWorks then you’ve seen “The Red Baron”, a cool café racer styled bike out of the Lord Drake Kustom‘s (LDK) stable from Miami, Florida. What you didn’t and can’t see in the mag is “Scarface”, a sister bike to the “Red Baron”, also built by the owner of LDK, Francisco A. Manen.
When Francisco was planning this build he thought back to the dark days in Miami’s history of the ‘70-‘80s when the town was more well known as the basis for TV shows like Miami Vice and the 1983 movie Scarface, than a tourist town. This ’snow’ white (get it?) with gold accents custom café` racer would have been right at home in that era. Francisco thought ’Scarface’ would have epitomized Al Pacino’s character’s lifestyle; ‘Sleek and fast, arrogant and luxurious.”
A 2012 Triumph Bonneville T100 was chosen as the base for this build. For turn signals a pair of Harley Touring model turn signals were integrated into a handmade sheet metal rear section that Francisco built onto the Triumph’s frame that had been cut and modified. Then other LDK in-house parts were added like the seat, sprocket cover, exhaust and handlebars. All in all they make “Scarface” a cool café` custom for the Miami heat.
In fact “Scarface” was so cool that it took 2nd place in the café` racer class at the prestigious Rat’s Hole bike show at the Leesburg Bikefest last April. The bike that beat it out was, at da, its sister “The Red Baron”. Going 1 – 2 in their first show wasn’t too bad for Lord Drake Kustoms. BTW in case you’re interested, shown below, are both “Scarface” and “The Red Baron” plus other bikes are for sale at LDK. If you’re interested in seeing them, or any other LDK bikes, you have to call ahead to make an appointment. The contact info is:
LORD DRAKE KUSTOMS
Po Box 331968
Miami, FL 33233-1968
954 650 7630
ENGINE: 865 cc
SUSPENSION: +2 inches rear shocks
REAR LIGHT: LDK
REAR TURN SIGNALS: LDK
REAR TAIL: LDK (Steel)
SIDE PLATE : LDK
FRONT FENDER: LDK
SPROCKET COVER: LDK
PAINT, POWDERCOAT & GRAPHICS: LDK ( jaguar green, white and satin brass)
OTHERS: Joker gas cap, risers, headlight bracket and ignition bracket. Battistini grips, RSD clarity covers & Clip Ons, led’s turn signals & rear light. Regina gold chain.
Source and images: Lord Drake Kustoms
Posted by Sam Kanish