If you’re a custom builder, one of the most difficult briefs is for a race bike. No matter the genre or discipline of the project, the purpose-built, stripped-down nature of race machinery leaves minimal room for aesthetic creativity.

After all, these bikes are not built to look pretty. They’re built to run a distance in the quickest time possible. So form takes a backseat to function, and each component needs finely tuned design.

When Pierre Dhers of Freeride Motos Racing was offered a commission to build a 450cc single with vintage flair for a flat track race series, the he knew he had his work cut out for him.

But he was undeterred—because he’s spent the better part of the last decade single-handedly operating a successful full-service motorcycle and race shop under the Freeride banner.

The commission was from seasoned Dakar Rally driver, Pierre Lachaume, who has

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