I am building two bikes to bring to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. I will be speaking in the seminar program about restoration, and I also run a customization and restoration business. Hopefully, these bikes suffice as good examples of my work.
By Chris Carr
I am building two bikes to bring to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. I will be speaking in the seminar program about restoration, and I also run a customization and restoration business. Hopefully, these bikes suffice as good examples of my work. Photographs are nice, but nothing is as good as a beautiful shiny bike in the July sun!
The first bike is a 1964 Honda Superhawk. I love the Hawks. They have the most beautiful frames ever made in my opinion, and although not the most powerful bike, I just love the styling details.
There have been numerous modifications to the Superhawk frame, including seam welding and a new rear section.
These Superhawk parts are ready for powder coating. They include a tubular frame, custom rear sets and a custom centerstand.
The Superhawk tank came from a 1960s CB125SS. It was stretched and I added a new filler cap.
The second bike is a 1970 Honda CB450 (right) that was leaning against my shed in my back yard for two years. A friend dropped if off for free. The motor was locked, and the bike was rusty. Although it was free, there was a tremendous amount of sweat and polish to get it to its current state -- a challenge I took personally to see if I could transform it into what it is today. It required massive frame mods, a re-rake of the steering geometry, a custom exhaust, a custom swingarm, etc. The reality is if I could get the 450 to its current state, there is no project too far gone.
Come to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, check out these bikes, and learn more about my thoughts on restoration and design.
Chris Carr runs chriscarrdesign.com.