This is one
beautifully rebuilt Honda CB350 Brat style custom from Garage Project
Motorcycles in Perth; We just really dig the overall theme of this bike with
it’s reminiscence touch of the
late 50s, as it would not look out of place parked out side a Sushi restaurant
in down town Tokyo.
GPM ware not happy
with the original pressed steel sub frame so they decided to completely remove
it, and totally redesign and build a new one out of steel tubing which would
look more endearing; and fit more within the theme of a Brat Style bike.
The handlebars have
been changed to straight Drag bars. Also the original clutch and brake levers
have been replaced with classic style inverted levers, which look pretty
sweet.A custom made bracket had to be
fabricated to mount the Speedometer between the risers, the speedo has been
given a facelift and painted in white enamel paint which matches the colour
scheme of the bike nicely.
Meanwhile down in the
Engine room…The old Honda’s cylinders
wear a little worn and tired so GPM completely overhauled the engine, replacing
the old Pistons, Rings and Gaskets; the side cases wear sent away to be bead blasted
then repainted in gloss black along with the engine.
Also the carbs have been
cleaned and repainted, then fitted with a cracking set of custom Velocity stacks,
which pretty much match the finned Tappet covers.
One of the touches we
really like on this bike is the electrics, which have been replaced with
vintage braided wiring with matching HT leads, which you have to admit look
The front drum has
been engineered with a patterned vent effect, which makes the front shoes visible,
and also helps the cooling process of the drum.It was decided that the original wheel rims needed replacing
because they wear pretty rough, so a new set of chrome rims, with new Firestone
tyres (450’s), which only give around 1mm clearance between tyres and forks.
To create the Bentley
style Brat seat, GPM first had to create a decent sturdy base, which they
fabricated from fiberglass; the seat foam was then cut and shaped ready for the
actual seat cover, which is upholstered in black with thick red stitching.
When it came down to
the fuel tank the original idea was to have it engraved, but while the paint
was being stripped it was discovered that there had been a previous repair; and
unfortunately a fair size dent had become prominent so GPM decided to go for a
repaint instead. The design on the Tank is a copy of famous artist Nanami Cowdroy’s
‘Kintoto Blot’, the design was professionally airbrushed by one of the top
airbrush artist's in Perth.
silencers are custom made although the header’s are the original, the pipes are
extra long so there needed to be a special support bracket made to support
their weight on both sides of the bike, the pipes are fully wrapped in black
high temp glass fiber bandages finished with stainless ties.
Over all this Brat
style CB350 has been finished to a high standard, full of tasteful touches that
give this cycle a truly unique look; a pure tonic to the eye. This great looking Brat Style is not just about
being fun to ride, maybe it is all about a feeling of nostalgia when you ride it…
Article: Si Mason SYB Magazine - Photography: Scott G Trenorden Photography, Perth, Australia
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