Enigma. A Lean Cafe Racer.

With the resurgence of the Cafe Racer, some builders, rightly, try to make its shape evolve in many in different directions. First, contrary to what you may think, the platform used for this project is not a lightweigt Indian Scout but an Indian Chief Vintage.

This lean Cafe Racer by German accessories company Detlev Louis Motorrad and Martin Struckmann was built after removing from the Chief all what they knew could not be Used on a Cafe Racer. Thanks to engine specialist Ulf Penne, who added hotter camshafts, an unrestricted intake, upgraded cylinder heads and new engine management computer programming, the enormous 1.8-liter V-twin cranks out 125 horsepower.

The header from is from STParts and bolts to a Shark muffler to complete the exhaust system.
suspension uses an upside-down front fork and in the rear Wilbers shock absorbers. Custom-made Kineo rims and Brembo brakes complete the list of the main accessories used of this street racer. Enigma is currently taking the gold in most bike shows where it is displayed in Europe.

18 Responses to “Enigma. A Lean Cafe Racer.”

  1. 1 highrpm Apr 21st, 2018 at 9:10 am

    pleasing proportions. the massive engine does not suck in the rest of the bike. cool topside.

  2. 2 Apr 21st, 2018 at 1:55 pm


  3. 3 richards Apr 21st, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    high rpm…Sorry, I just can’t get over the massive, obese, bulbous engine. It even looks disproportionate in the full size touring indian. On top of that the seriously ugly, fake “flathead” rocker covers make the whole set up repulsive…

  4. 4 Tom Ryan Apr 21st, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Since many people don’t like the Indian rocker covers, how come no one has created any new billet
    or cast styles yet?

  5. 5 Iron Horse Apr 22nd, 2018 at 6:38 am

    I personally like it. With 125hp in a lightweight bike, I’m pretty sure it’s a blast to ride too.

  6. 6 Woody's Apr 22nd, 2018 at 7:40 am

    If the engine does look huge, it’s because of the artificially small tank and missing rear fender. When you take all the fenders and Hood off of 32 Ford I guess you could make fun of the huge tires on the car, also. I think that’s a pretty good-looking engine, it just seems to keep turning up in ugly OEM bikes and getting laughed at anyway when it’s in a nice looking bike.

  7. 7 Biggles Apr 22nd, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Great looking motor, great looking bike. I like it.

  8. 8 Boomer Apr 22nd, 2018 at 8:54 am

    I like the looks of the engine. It’s what the Sportster engine could look like if it were more refined and larger. It could even replace the big twin if it were done right. Nothing wrong with a combined engine/trans but it’s best if the trans can be removed for repairs without have to remove the engine and split the cases. Rocker covers could look like anything. Not important.

  9. 9 BobS Apr 22nd, 2018 at 8:55 am

    While not a big fan of the engine this creation does two things I rarely see in customs at the same time, it looks really good AND looks like a blast to ride. Congrats to the creator.

  10. 10 Calif Phil Apr 22nd, 2018 at 11:05 am

    I like the big motor in a small frame. Reminds me of a Chevy Vega with a blown V8 sticking out from the hood. Congrats on a superb looking machine.

  11. 11 Jim Tom Stimpson Apr 23rd, 2018 at 5:25 am

    Don’t really care for this custom bike but I have always thought the Thunderstroke was one of the most beautiful engines out there.

  12. 12 coma Apr 23rd, 2018 at 8:32 am

    More in-your-face than enigmatic, if you ask me.

  13. 13 CRAIG HAYDEN Apr 23rd, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Really show case the engine!

  14. 14 Opera & Iron Apr 23rd, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Well proportioned to my eye, and why not show off that beautiful motor. Too bad no exhaust side photo was included, the pipes are pretty stunning as well.

  15. 15 58_pan Apr 23rd, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    I like it, it looks like it would be a ton of fun to ride. I’d like to know how much of the donor bike is actually still left, especially the frame. I’m suspecting it’s not very much at all.

  16. 16 Bud Apr 26th, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Pretty long swingarm for a “cafe racer.”

  17. 17 Apr 30th, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Love it! All of it

  18. 18 EVOFAN Apr 30th, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Why no view of the right side of the bike? How do we know how awesome the exhaust is?

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