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Studio Motor’s Honda CL350 – “No.27”

Posted on October 2, 2012 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 43 comments

There’s an interesting phenomena, the name of which I haven’t figured out yet (suggestions on the back of a stamped, self-addressed email please), that somehow dictates that any cool custom shop we stumble upon will have a back catalogue of bikes inversely proportional to the distance they are from the west. Recently found a new shop in downtown London/New York/ LA/Sydney? See that one bike they have displayed proudly in the window? It’s a safe bet it’s their only one, too. But find yourself wandering through, say, South Jakarta and the lucky money’s on any bike shop within spitting distance being a veritable custom bike factory. Like this one for instance. Downtown Bintaro’s own Studio Motor Custom Bikes. A quick skim of their website and I counted at least a dozen of the sweetest bike’s I’ve seen in a good while, including this here gem. Please give a warm, 12 bike salute to Studio Motor’s hard-working boss, Donny Ariyanto.

Here’s Mr. Donny. “My custom workshop is established since 2008 with the name STUDIO MOTOR Custom Bike at Bintaro – South Jakarta, Indonesia. Since two years ago we concentrate to built bikes with vintage look style like Bobber, Cafe Racer, Flat tracker, etc. I open my business because I have true passion in bike customizing. In the nutshell, my work is all about passion, machine and art.”

“Back to the bike, we built Honda CL350 Twin Cylinder last year. Andrew, our customer, just asked us to build it like Wrenchmonkees ‘Club Black,’ because he loved the bike. We finished the project around 3 Months after he bring the bike to my workshop.”

“And this is the specification. Body Custom by us, painting & airbrush by KOMET STUDIO. Front wheel TK JAPAN 18X3.00 + Firestone Deluxe Champion 18X4.00. Rear wheel TK Japan 18X3.50 Inch + Firestone Deluxe Champion 18X4.50. Front fork telescopic 45 mm. Swing arm is from a Honda CBR250. The rear shock is an aftermarket HD one. The headlight & indicators are aftermarket ones. The chain is from TK Japan, and the exhaust system is a custom by JET HOT.”

Oh ya, just for your info, 100% of our works were done by fire, steel and hammer. All of the fender, gas tank, body parts, all the things were hand-made from galvanized plate. No fiberglass! We hate fiberglass! :D”

  • blueline

    wow, just wow. Love the rear fairing, gives me clues as to how I can finish my bike.

  • Sproggy

    Beautiful bike. Even the Firestones look good on it. But where’s the rear light and indicators? And where does the licence place mount? And…….a centre stand – really?

    • Lose the center stand and cut the weight in half.

      • Dougd

        Center stands on Hondas and for the most part all jap bikes weigh less than 5 pounds. Those tires weigh more than that.. Great looking bike!

        • It was a joke. And the weight of those tires would have to be measured relative to whatever other tires may be used. The tires are necessary, the stand is not. And considering that would be about a 2% weight reduction…

          • Doudd

            Valid point. Must be a style thing.

  • itsmefool

    Yea! Lots of white pipe wrap! That and the upside down bars really do it for me…oh, I almost forgot…Firestones, baby!

    • arnold

      Isn’t criticism and dissent punished by public caining in Indonesia? /sarc on

      • itsmefool

        Those who can’t, well, they criticize!

    • I believe those “upside down bars” are Clubmans and are supposed to look like that.

      • itsmefool

        I always thought Clubmans had sharper bends; regardless, from the SMCB site:
        “…beberapa piranti yang dirasa pas disematkan seperti stang ala clubman yang dibuat sendiri,…”
        or, very roughly translated, “…the Clubman-style handlebar…”

        • If you follow the gauge cable down in the first pic, it looks like you get the angle necessary for your given definition. That’s what I was going on, but it is tough to tell in any other pics. Maybe Andy knows?

          Edit: After taking another look, I’m beginning to agree; those just look like upside down bars. I have clubman’s on my bike and that ain’t it.

          • tony farts

            your opinions on bikes are automatically void if you don’t know what clubman’s are… those are clubmans…

          • I know, right? The shape looks right, but they don’t look like they have those sharp angle welds at the bar ends.

  • John in Pollock

    I hate fiberglass too. Bravo.

    I’d love to ride her.

  • revdub

    Wow is right. This bike looks awesome. I like the use of the different parts. It seems like we are seeing a new emphasis on creating a seat and tail section that integrates with the overall design of the bike lately, and I like this. This one in particular looks fantastic.

    • steve barton

      I would heartily agree. I’ve been kicking around for something different on the tail section and this is bang on right. Integrated and flows. Definitely not an after thought. Bravo!

  • I like fiberglass. Carbon fiber too. Titanium, aluminum,…whatever gets the job done. Actually, an aluminum monocoque frame (think about it) and carbon fiber body elements.

    • I agree, it has nothing to do with the material, but with the skill, (and the preference), of the builder.Craftsmanship is much more attached with the overall design, like Revdub indicates.

  • arnold

    The cross over, two into one interests me……a little awkward, but an effort. The rest of the bike, the metal work , looks very much “not” like every thing else, despite having some of today’s hot styling cues. .

  • barney fife

    Beautiful bike, really clean, classic.

  • Mrityunja Singh

    Got it just so right!

  • With my buy-out money from Bain Capital I’m going to invest in pipe wrap and Firestones then corner the market on CB350s. I like the seat and many other details and kudos to you for making your own tanks out of steel.

    • arnold

      Since the customer was ‘Andrew’ we should ask the MOD if he was the responsible party for this motorcycle.

      • arnold

        I add that I consider myself an irresponsible party.

  • C Martins

    I love the bike but just wondering.
    Is it legal to ride a bike without a license plate holder, tail lights and rear turn signals in Indonisia?

    • Only if you get caught – then as punishment you get caned.

      • jay cook

        not really…. you can pretty much get away with doing what ever you like to bikes here, ive lived here for 7 years and its great that we dont have to deal with all those silly laws of other countries…. its customisers heaven 🙂

  • purple moose

    Someone liked wrenchmonkee club black # 2 ( )
    Nothing wrong with that 🙂

    • I think you’ll find that point was covered in the article. You DID read the article, didn’t you?


      • purple moose

        OHH! Shiny pictures – must look!

      • Just goes to show that with this crowd, Andy, words bad, pics good.

  • Oldnbroken

    Nice job. Am very curious about the way that front brake plate is attached as it looks to be rotated about 70 degrees counterclockwise to the CL standard set up.


    • You’re right – Here’s my CL350 for reference.

      • Oldnbroken

        I looked at their site and still a bit hard to tell but it looks like they used a bracket that is attached to the bottom of the forks and mounts to the CL brake plate on the standard strap mount position. Nice old ride Manx, have I seen that bike of yours on another site?


        • I posted a mini-build documentation on If you do a search on manxman it should come up. The bike’s a daily rider not a show build. I wanted to capture the look of the old CL77s which is why I painted it red and silver.

  • Andy

    Not sure why someone would start with a cl and then get low pipes…

  • Vintagewoodworks

    true artistry displayed in metal..Beautiful

  • Vintagewoodworks

    Straight to the point

  • anyone know where i could find a seat like that? love the rear fender email me at

  • Andrew Peck

    first sentence: ‘an interesting phenomena’ is wrong. ‘phenomenon’ is the singular of that word. great bike. wish the guts of the engine we can’t see had been detailed more. Also, since when is Jakarta (located on the island of Java, part of Indonesia in SOUTHEAST ASIA) part of or close to ‘the west’? If that was the point, then ‘inversely proportional’ is wrong too. a bike inventory that’s SMALL and far away from the west is the inverse. If it’s far away from the west and LARGE (like the author is trying to say), that is: if size and distance are both great, then they are proportional (actually, they are proportion-ate) not inversely so. Why does loving bikes or being a gearhead in general always seem to make guys idiots at everything else?

  • Davor

    I want to install this tail piece on my xs650…any ideas what is it?

  • Nat

    where can i buy / find these rims?
    Front Wheel TK JAPAN 18X3.00 Inch
    Rear Wheel TK Japan 18X3.50 Inch