(Interview published in the Stylo magazine by Ane Muñoz)
He is Daniel Vallejo and the motorbike is his. Literally his, made by his own hands. You don’t believe me? Keep on reading.
He isn’t a mechanic, but it is true that he studied bodywork. He has worked at the family business for years, which, believe me, has nothing to do with the motorbike world, his passion. So when he was given the opportunity to build a motorbike, with his own hands and in his spare time, he didn’t think twice.
“I’d wanted to make my own bike for a long time, but I didn’t know if I’d be able to do it”, confessed Daniel Vallejo, an active guy from San Sebastian who decided to embark on an adventure and achieve his dream, a few months ago. “I was offered a very cheap bike and I thought this was my chance to do it and to test my knowledge”. Always with the support and help of his friends, who have been with him throughout the process.
Together, for months, they have shared evenings and weekends where they never stopped welding, restoring parts, changing, treating, painting… An experience that Vallejo rates very highly. “There is no culture here to value manual work and old things, people prefer to spend the €10,000 or €15,000 it costs in the end to make a bike like this, to buy a new one”, he explains. For him, however, the process is well worth it.
And of course he isn’t the only one. This trend, known as Café Racer, has existed for decades in England and in some countries in northern Europe, although it is true that the style of this type of motorbike is more like a Harley or a Chopper. However, over the last six or seven years Café Racers have been starting to appear and more and more people are joining them, doing new things.
Daniel, already known for his work at DVGas Garage, has managed to follow the process to build his first bike to the end, that is, to the official approval. “I got it on 19th August, the day the San Sebastian Royal Motorbike Club celebrated its centenary, so I passed the MOT and showed up at the party with my bike”. He explained. Now they’re going for the second one, at full throttle!