位于德国汉堡市的Kaffee Maschine是一家专注于改装MOTO GUZZI的厂牌。我们之前曾介绍过其打造的车型。在众多的GUZZI改装厂牌中，Kaffee Maschine算得上是数一数二。此外,由于对GUZZI的情有独钟也使得我对Kaffee Maschine有了特别的偏爱。所以通过不懈努力之后，AlienMoto终于有幸对其创始人Axel Budde进行了一次email访谈,我挑选了一些车迷们特别关注的且有代表性的问题进行了提问。这里再一次感谢Axel的耐心解答！
How did you get into building customs? Was it a defined career choice, or something that happened by accident?
I was working in the automotive photo/film industry as a designer and builder of special techniques for driving shots and as a precision driver before. Computer animation moved in and my services were running out of future perspectives. Then an english guy contacted me, because he´d seen pictures of my private bikes on the internet and wanted me to build one for him.
I´ve been modifying Guzzis since I was 20 as a hobby and always had thought about, what would have been, if I´d tried a career with that- so sure I took the opportunity.
When you build a bike, what are you trying to create? What is your goal?
Some philosophic blabla about my definition of cafe racer (that´s what I feel and think and I want to create for my clients- I hope this isn´t leading too far…):
I´ll never forget my first Guzzi ride, after a desperate search for a more powerful (and affordable) classic motorcycle, when I became 20. Lying on that flat and long bike, felt so strange but appealing. And that noisy, massive engine underneath, felt like Thor himself was smashing his hammer against the back of the bike.
Though an original Le Mans is not a beauty like the english bikes I fancied, but on which I always had felt a little lost, with my 1,88m size.
But the effort of losing most of the original ballast, will give back the vision of the nice Tonti frame with a powerful engine, which has lots of tuning potential and reliability. My Guzzis are not ideal for travelling or racing or cruising, but you can do ALL of that pretty well with them, besides just smoking a cigarette and looking at them.
The monumental engine in this tight italian dress is a very special combination, which still amazes me, even after all those years and several accidents. I would always build up a bike like that again and again (and I had to…)- it became my self expression.
一辆原始的Moto Guzzi Le Mans并没有我一直钟情的英国车漂亮，而且我1米88的身高使得我坐在上面并不是太舒服，这让我很是困扰。但这同我喜欢的方面-Tonti 车架和包裹在其中极具潜力且可靠的引擎来比起来真的就不是什么问题了。我打造的Guzzi对于巡航、比赛这些用途可能并不是最完美的，但它的表现也绝对不会让你失望。此外，只算是抽支烟盯着它看看也是一件很惬意的事情。
For me, a custom cafe racer is a reduction to the max, for the sake of better performance and riding qualities- if you do a good job, it´ll look good, as well.
A cafe racer has to be a performer and a poser.
With a 90hp Guzzi, you can easily be faster in the alps, than sissies on modern Superbikes. Within that range of performance, still YOU have the ability to dominate the machine and ride it at the limit, which is so satisfying. Dominating 180hp is impossible for me and most people (and most people are liars), especially on the road.
What is your typical process for building a bike?
After having discussed all the client´s wishes, I´ll find a suitable donor bike or components for the project. I´ll take that apart entirely, check all engine/transmission parts, will discuss tuning options with the client and rebuild/modify the engine, transmission, drive train, suspension. After the frame is stripped, modified for the custom seat/tank/fairing and painted, I´ll join it with the engine/transmission and then build the wire loom, wheels, brakes, exhaust, etc. I like to make final decisions regarding finish/paint of some parts and the bodywork as the last. After all, I´ll do a test run and set the carburetors properly for breaking in the engine.
Do you work alone, or employ other people?
I´m becoming strange by myself in my little workshop…
How would you describe your workshop?
Too small, cold and dark, but that´ll improve a little, soon.
What aspects of motorcycle building do you enjoy the most? I.e., What stage of the process is your favorite, and what stage is your least favorite?
Building a vehicle by yourself which moves you frightening fast, is always amazing as well as realizing, how much work was put into that little assembly of metal.
I definitely have some boring days with parts production, but it always changes, as soon as it´s beginning to look like a motorcycle and I begin detailed design work with the finished image in my head.
Which of your own builds is your favorite, and why?
Machine 7, because it was my personal project and I like the very slim “Superleggera” look with raw alloy.
What is your own personal ride?
Machine 7 now, if I´m not stupid enough to sell it.
The bike you have not yet built, perhaps your ‘ultimate’ custom: what would that be?
For myself: the original restoration of an iconic classic bike- especially a MK1 Le Mans .
对我自己来说，我最希望能修复一辆经典的车型-如MK1 Le Mans。
What direction do you think the scene is moving in?
As it´s one of the few opportunities for people, owning and using something unique and personal (and there is and will be a big request for products like that), I think it´ll carry on for a couple of years.
It´s one of the last chances, riding one of these dinosaurs on the street without a big effort, too. But I fear the next generations won´t feel the same attraction (I don´t turn many heads of small boys anymore, roaring by) for these kind of bikes- for individual automotion, definitely too.
The ability to build a motorcycle is obviously the first requirement for success in this business. What other skills do you think builders need to have, ones that are not directly connected to creating a bike?
Making life with little money, a sense for shapes, proportions and colors.
看完访谈之后如果你对Axel和他打造的作品很有兴趣的话不妨去Kaffee Maschine的网站看看。如果你恰好有机会路过汉堡，不妨前去实地观摩下。以下是Axel Budde的联系方式：
21107 Hamburg, Germany
phone: (+49) 040 23554039
mobile: (+49) 0160 6370483