BL # 18

I’ve just acquired my first Vintage bike… to be fair though, when I was a kid, all my bikes were older than this one, but for now – for the year 2013, this 1967 Honda CB200 is a vintage machine and in it’s orange, black and chrome, it is a thing of beauty.

I’ve decided that I won’t be going full cafe with the bike – somewhat due to the fact that I don’t want to be responsible for tearing up a bike this well preserved, and partly because everytime I look at it, I like the orginal paint job and well designed parts a little more.

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I like the brat-style more for my own machine than the drop bars and skinny machines that are cafe racers – even though they are stunning to look at, so that is where I’m at. I want to lift also, and so the pillion pegs stay on and the seat needs to be longer than a single seater.

Here’s a list of the mods that I have done:

Removed original tail light, indicators and grab rail.

Removed original handle bars and big mirrors.

Added some mega wide – low rise scrambler type chrome handlebars

Added a single cafe style drop mirror.

Re routed all electronics from hand controls

Fixed the elec start

Inflated the tyres – flat because of standing – still brand new and not perished.

Cleaned the carburettors – really really cleaned the carburettors

New tail light

New indicators (I like the originals, but change is good)

Fresh oil

Plug change

Front brake light switch fix

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Here’s what still may or may not happen:

Surf rack

chunkier tyres

Cone filters – behind the original side covers

Fender chops

Skinnier seat on second seat pan – brown leather with stitch detail

Saddle bags – brown leather to match the seat

Tank inlay to be redone in brown leather

Service the suspension – and possibly upgrade rear to piggy back units

Change footpegs to something better looking.

Repaint all black parts on bike – polish all chrome bits.

 

But for now I’m happy – and it will be an ongoing process I’m sure.

 

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About nox

I am a Product and or Graphic designer... During the day I specialize in mostly MAR design but when night falls; and the curtains are drawn....magic*

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