From Trash Bag Particular to Smooth Caferacer

So what do you do if you need your classic 1969 Honda CL350 become a caferacer – to not solely bomb across the metropolis on, however which additionally turns heads wherever you’re taking it?

You stuff the bike at the back of your VW Golf, throw in a pair trash bag stuffed with elements that both fell off otherwise you had already gathered, and drive the 90 miles or so from Seattle up north to Bellingam, WA. Trigger that’s the place Moto Design Storage are primarily based, a motorbike constructing store who love to do the whole lot themselves, together with CNC-ing elements from scratch. Plus – they’re large followers of 3D printing and design, one other nice solution to reproduce out of date elements and even higher – reimagine them!

For this bike, the shopper’s unique plan to maintain the twin shocks was deserted in favor of a mono-shock setup. A Ninja 650R rear shock was mounted with customized CNC-cut brackets. This proved to be fairly a problem, as a mono shock conversion drastically adjustments the ergonomics of the bike they usually needed to to search out correct spring charge, motion, and many others… They did reuse the inventory hub, refurbished and powder coated it, laced it to a brand new rim and voila – a smoother journey, and the again a part of the bike appears actually clear and imply now!

The entire entrance finish was changed with one from a GSXR and fitted with all new 17” SunRims and billet entrance hub. New headlight was joined to the bike with in-house 3D-printed headlight fork clamps and CNC-cut headlight brackets.

After which for the essential half within the center, the motor. It didn’t simply get that trendy black and Evo grey end, heaps needed to be executed earlier than it was able to hit the road once more! The motor wanted a brand new cylinder, an excellent used one was discovered and serviced together with new piston and rings. All seals and gaskets the place changed and the highest finish went by. Plus, a brand new Shockwave digital ignition system, VM30 Mikuni carbs, and an appropriately loud 2-1 exhaust setup…

And it doesn’t cease there: the whole electronics tray, which you’ll see below the seat, was 3D-printed in-house. Strengthened with trellises and underbracing to supply structural energy, it holds an M-unit and a AG801 battery.

The one customized work not executed by themselves was upholstering the seat cowl, which they outsourced to a long-time associate who they belief, will get their type and makes the seat look good as well!

When requested concerning the finish results of this cool conversion, Moto Design Storage stated: “It rides so effectively! Conserving in thoughts it’s a 1960’s machine with new elements but it surely nonetheless has that old skool really feel. It vibrates, it smells, it must be spoken properly too haha however it’s a enjoyable nostalgic kind of journey for certain!”