This was one of those bikes that just had trouble getting time devoted to it. Originally it was purchased to be a driver, just clean it up and ride it. Unfortunately it found itself relegated to the shed while other builds took precedence. Wanting to clear some build space I put the bike up for sale in a “you finish it” state. One of our web viewers saw the post and contacted me to complete the build for him and the result is what you see here. His budget was modest but it still had to be cool. I always find it a challenge to work around some of the 80’s era components like the mag wheels and the gas tanks but in the end I also feel those are the items that give the bike the most character.
Body and fabrication changes include a cut down stock front fender, custom origin8or fibreglass tail design with leather seat, custom sub-frame with lithium battery mounted under the hump. I removed the original chain casing (literally had to grind it off to separate it – ridiculous design) and machined a billet spacer to replace the housing. Also created was a custom headlight bracket with integrated signal mount.
The shock pre-load adjuster was relocated to the right side on a custom bracket and the left side of the frame, normally reserved for an air box, was blocked off entirely. Sandblasted and gloss black powdercoated items include rearsets, case covers, center stand, kick-stand, fork legs, triple and sub-frame. The forks were rebuilt, new seals and progressive springs added. New tires, brakes, starter, horn, headlight, clip-ons, speedo, woodcraft footpegs, controls and levers as well as a completely reworked wiring harness to remove the abundance of relays and of course my automotive style start (turn key and run the bike) repositioned beneath the left side of the tank. The exhaust is a ceramic coated MAC header with a custom made to size titanium canister.
The customer originally wanted the bike a candy red but when working on it I just wasn’t feeling it. Based on the amount of silver and black overall I thought it was a better choice to stick with that theme and I convinced the client to move in the new direction. The red pinstripe was just the right amount of accent and the customer still got some of his color after all.
This bike now resides in its new home in Langley, B.C. For more images have a look in the portfolio.
Photography credit: Mat Manser Photos