This eye catching bike is an enigma of sorts, it’s called the Revatu Pea Shooter and it was built by Rene van Tuil of Revatu Customs in the Netherlands, but getting detailed information about it has proven rather difficult.
From what I’ve been able to gather, it’s powered by a 1958 Bernard 350cc, single cylinder, 4-stroke engine. The Bernard was originally designed as a water pump however Rene felt that it suited the board-tracker style and as such made the necessary changes to get the engine working in it’s new home.
The frame, seat, fuel tank, oil tank, forks, 1-into-2 exhaust, crankcase breather valve, offset intake manifold and beautifully detailed 8mm copper oil lines were hand fabricated (and rather well I should say) by the team at Revatu Customs.
I can’t help but think that board-trackers like this were essentially the first café racers and with this in mind it baffles me that custom motorcycles like this are so rare. I’d love to see a whole subset of the motorcycle community dedicated to building and racing motorcycles like this, the lack of a café-board-tracker sub-culture seems a little strange.
I’ve been in touch with the team at Revatu Customs requesting larger images and more information, I’ll update this piece when they get back to me, so stay tuned.