Ad Hoc #3 Cagiva 350 "Poptah"
By Anthony van Someren - 26 May 13
We saw this cafe racer from Ad Hoc motorcycles a month ago and chased David for a feature, but he quite rightly insisted on making us wait until he'd had these photos taken, and it was a good call. The bike looks fantastic. Although it looks at first glance like a Ducati, the base for the build is an Alazzurra Cagiva 350, which you could describe as the little half sister of the Ducati Pantah, in fact they share a chassis and engine - apart from the displacement. As with every Ad Hoc build the bike was completely dismantled, with brackets remade, as well as the usual modifications to the rear end of the chassis to support the cafe racer seat. The tank is and NCR unit from Europlast. The seat was a find at a Classic Bike show, where David also picked up the tailpipe and rear view mirror. She's a stunning looking machine that looks like a trophy-winner, but believe it or not this bike was a budget build and has few changes it's mechanics or chassis parts. Most striking is the paint scheme in bright bold lines and colours. Ad Hoc's name for the bike; "Poptah", refers to the bright colours but also to the 1980s pop era that spawned her. See more builds from Ad Hoc Cafe Racers HERE on the Bike Shed, and on their Facebook pages.