Last Sunday I went to an old timer bazar in Wroclaw. Driven by the force of bounty hunter I’ve searched parts for my new builds. There was plenty of parts, bike gear, tires and stuff! But unfortunately not many of those I’ve been looking for…
To fill the void I went to see the exhibition of old cars. Man that was good.
Feed the eyes like I did!
Sometimes finished bikes needs to be reinvented. Even when they are cool and balanced they need to become something more. Especially with Honda GL/CX500 where virtually everything was made with those bikes.
This Silverwing is really healthy. Engine is smooth and solid. Previous owner made an Aprilia RS 125 cc front upgrade which is cool and improves the ride and brakes.
My idea for the bike is to make ultra vintage looking bike with sporty eye catching lines. This is where wooden seat and vintage seat springs needs to work out! I see it with lots of chrome and black. Final bit of vintage taste will be underlined by classy Firestone Champion DeLux tires. Like always in UglyMotors we like sport bikes so there You have it: Upside-down front fork, YZF R1 rear damper upgrade, K&N air filter and really low line.
This project is meant to be simple and relatively cheap.
Sometimes we do not cut and smash.
Sometimes the Thing is just too pretty.
Sometimes you work with the machine you’re afraid of.
And hell, I am afraid of this monster…
Regular maintenance (oil, K&N cleaning, fork service, front wheel bearings, battery)
Restore paint, plastics, add some gold
Make it stand out. Restore factory. Ride, ride, RIDE! ! !
A First Touch:
Just by removing the seat of that 2002 Honda CBR Fireblade 954RR you notice that this bike is nowhere near the ones we work on every day. An aluminium frame, a sub frame, lots of plastics and electronics. It’s more than 80 kg lighter than the 1980 CB750k and you can really tell the difference.
This project was my 3rd build and from a start it was supposed to be an impossible task to manage. I set myself a goal that I need to build something that will stand out from the other Viragos at the Cafe Racer market. Seeing the lines of a tank I figured out a way to extend them to the rear subframe. I don’t like the way people join a seat with the original tank of Virago and designed my own solution. Another challenge was the front end.
The list of custom made parts for this beauty is quite impressive according to 3 month building process: Steel rear frame, exhaust system with silencers, Custom fitted ZX7RR complete front fork, wheel, brakes, clip on’s, Custom shaped tailored and stuffed seat with all the fitting needed, Same leather as the seat used to wrap grips, Custom fitted original Virago tank, front light + fuse box mount, number plate mount, Yamaha R1 rear sets adapters, K&N filter mount, rear light bar.
Beautiful, strong bike with a low stance. Hugely influenced by motorsport and out-of-this-planet roar. Power 77KM from 750 cc engine, 4 cyl. DOHC
A main philosophy was to make a low, fast and eye catching bike, but this model gave us so much more. I managed to catch the motorsport spirit with a relatively comfortable position and glorious inline four sound.
What I did: aluminum top clamp with speedo mount, SV650 clip-on fitting rings, velo stacks, K&N filters mount, custom cut frame with new leather seat, all four blinkers mount , rear light mount, rear and front fenders, reg. plate mount, battery housing, frame wheels powder coated rust protected and varnished, engine painted with Motip heat resistant paint, tank paint job.