In 2012 George Tchor from KREATER came but the studio and told me “We’re going to build you a bike”. Of course I accepted excitedly but what I didn’t understand at the time was the ‘we’ part. You see, this meant I was going to have to do most of the work – Something I didn’t really have time for, at least not then.
Instead of building a bike from scratch, he advised I buy an old junker and we’ll build it up and customize it in the process. I went to bent bikes across the street and found a 1982 Honda CX500 that wasn’t running. I picked it up for $100.00.
I looked around at the type of bikes that I liked and decided to customize the bike in the style of a Cafe Racer.
I spent many long hours at KREATER last winter sitting on a milk crate next to it tinkering and cursing like I’ve never cursed before. Of course, I could only do so much but with George and everyone else’s help, we got it finished in time to ride this summer.
My first motorcycle ride ever.
Now all I had to do was get a motorcycle license.
Here is the final masterpiece… Well, at least it is to me. Click on image to see larger.
Because it took me a bit to get my license, I’ve had the bike sitting at the studio for a while now. It’s become both a prop and a fun ride!
Fast forward to December 2016 and I’ve decided to bring it back into the shop for a winter project. Since I’m not really riding it much as I have another bike now, I’ve decided to go all out an customize this bike completely. Everything on this bike will end up looking pristine. I want to make it a show piece.
So here are a couple of pics of it as I brought it in and started taking it apart – again.
I’ll be adding pics of the build as we go.
The video below is of me making some parts for my new forks.
Check back to see the progress….