Based in Los Angeles, California, Ryca Motors is a company that builds custom motorcycles and kits. The company founders and builders are Casey Stevenson and Ryan Rajewskit. Their first product, the Ryca CS-1 kit, transforms old Suzuki S40 motorcycles into retro cafe racers. Designed for the do-it-yourself home builder, the kit is 100% bolt-on, and can be completed with basic tools—no welding or fabrication required. You will need about 40 hours to transform your donor bike—an old Suzuki S40 can be purchased for $500 to $1000.
The kit comes with new cafe racer body work, seat, shocks, muffler, and side covers. The builders will re-manufacture the original tank and rear wheel. Unpainted kit will cost you $2,600; a fully painted adds up to $2,995.
Watch Jay Leno’s Garage Video about the Ryca CS-1 kit below:
The bike was designed by Casey Stevenson who worked as an engineer for NASA.
“I was in the market for a new motorcycle and wanted a lightweight thumper to get around the streets of L.A,” Casey says. “I quickly discovered the lack of available options, so I started working on a new design. I was imagining a motorcycle with a Japanese engine and classic cafe styling, but more sleek and modern than the single cylinder customs based on old bikes that are popular at the moment.”
“I discovered my ultimate thumper café racer hidden inside a bike known as the Suzuki S40 (aka the Savage). They have been around for over 20 years and are still available brand new. The custom parts and accessories were designed to avoid any major modifications to the frame or engine, which allows anyone with basic tools to build their own bike from kit components. The end result is a machine that is simple, fun, and affordable.”
For more information go to the official website of Ryca Motors.