Blacktrack’s first cafe racer, the BT-01, based on a Honda CX500.
In 2015, Sacha Lakic found it dismantled in a friend’s garage. The unique engine configuration immediately captivated him, and he set himself the goal of transforming this machine into a stylish, modernised café racer.

It came 2nd in Bike EXIF’s Top 10 cafe racers of 2015 list.

The Honda CX500 was already popular with bikers for its robustness, but Sacha Lakic was attracted by its unique engine layout and chassis design, which give a lightweight look ideal for a café racer. What’s more, its V-twin engine was full of character, with a pleasant sound that echoed the golden age of sports bikes.

For its third anniversary, Blacktrack is presenting the BT-01 Carbon, a special version of its original Café Racer. This model retains the features of the original BT-01, but features a carbon-fibre body painted in BlackTrack’s signature colours: red and black.

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Four-stroke V-twin


497 cc / 30.3 cu-in


55 bhp / 41 kw
at 9000 rpm


1400 mm Overall length: 2000 mm

Dry weight

152 kg / 341 lbs

Total weight

172 kg / 368 lbs

Fuel capacity

17 litres / 4.9 US gal

Donor : Honda CX500
Engine : Four stroke, longitudinal OHV 80° V-twin, 4 valves per cylinder, liquid cooling
Capacity : 497 cc / 30.3 cu-in
Bore and Stroke : 78 mm X 52 mm – 3.1 X 2.0 inches
Torque : 50nm / 37lb-ft at 7000 rpm
Power : 55hp / 41 kw at 9000 rpm
Fuel control : Overhead valves
Cooling system : liquid
Starter : Electric
Clutch : Wet multi-plate, 5 speed
Final drive : shaft
Exhaust system : Custom built 2 in 1 inox system

Full engine control and gear box check
Set of two brand new 39 mm Mikuni carbs
Full engine balance : crankshaft, rods and pistons
New guides and valves seats
New timing chain and tensioner
Engine and rocker boxes high standard polishing
Brand new set of bearings, gaskets and bushes
Complete set of titanium fasteners and washers for engine and frame

Wheelbase : 1400 mm Overall length : 2000 mm
Seat height : 760 mm Width : 700 mm
Dry weight (tank empty) : 152 kg / 341 lbs Total weight (tank full) : 172 kg / 368 lbs
Fuel capacity : 17 liters / 4.9 US gal

Carbon gas tank with alloy cnc gas cap
Carbon tail unit with solo seat
Speedometer and Tachometer : KOSO
CNC custom made aluminium yokes
Tubular steel frame, new custom reinforced tubular steel subframe
Powder coating of frame and swing arm

Custom – machined triple clamps
Front fork : Öhlins FGRT 43 mm gold
Rear monoshock : Öhlins TTX 36

Front dual disc brakes : Brembo GP Racing / PR19
​Front disc diameter : 320 mm
Rear disc diameter : 220 mm
Rear brake : Accossato

Wire-spoked rims
Front : 3.5 X 17 tubeless rim
Rear : 4.25 X 17 tubeless rim, custom cnc alloy hub

Dunlop Sportmax Mutant Tubeless
Front : 120 / 70ZR17
Rear : 150 / 60ZR17

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