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2011 Honda GL200 ‘White Racer’ – StudioMotor

Posted on July 3, 2013 by Andrew in Café Racer. 23 comments

While most of us would choose a donor bike for a custom project based on whatever cool whim may be currently tickling our fancy, it’s important to remember that many bike lovers the world over aren’t able to get their hands on a well loved CB Honda, Yamaha SR, or antique BMW boxer at the drop of a hat. With the notable exception of Japan, the Asian bike market has long been turf owned by small capacity scooters rather than the large-capacity bikes favoured by the West. So what do you do when all you want is a sweet, 70’s inspired café racer that will turn a few heads and the only bike you have handy looks like an cheap extra from a Transformers movie? You call StudioMotor, that’s what.

Donny started by describing the client’s brief. “He came to us with a cool concept – to turn his almost brand new Honda Tiger GL200 into a café racer. He’d apparently been surfing the web and fallen in love with a picture of a custom Harley Dyna that had been done in a café style with a white, red, and black paint job. He was over the plastic bodywork of the GL in stock form and fiddled with his phone for a minute before showing us the Harley with a massive smile on his face. I’m not sure if it was due to his teeth or the Harley’s white paint, but we immediately nicknamed it the ‘White Racer’ and began work.”

The first step focused on replacing the forks with a choice of 41 mm telescopic front shock belonging to a Yamaha Byson. The 3″ front rim was paired with a Shinko 011 120/70-18 tire. The swing arm was extended and the customer chose a YSS Z-Series 36mm rear shock to push it. The rear wheel is a 18X3.50 hoop paired with a Shinko 006 150/60-18 tire.

“After rubber, the boys got on with the process of making the bodywork. Selected 1.2mm galvanized plate was formed according to the clients instructions. Once the process was complete, they turned the pieces over to Comet Studio body shop, which laid doen the white base, minimalist black and red candy stripes and clear varnish using Sikkens colours.

While they were waiting for the paint to dry, all the other key items on the bike were powdercoated satin black, and a nice pair of drag bars were selected along with the remaining bits and pieces to ensure a unified overall look. Finally, Flash Custom Mufflers fabbed up some waste gas tubes that not only sounded boss, but also added a little more urgency to the Honda’s rather humble horsepowers.”

The finished bike surprises many people who just can’t believe it’s actually a Honda GL200. I think it’s a combination of the colour choices and extreme simplicity of the bike that does it.” Donny points out the customer is using the bike as his daily ride – not out of necessity, but more because of the fact that he can’t stop riding it since he picked it up. Half his luck.

  • Nano

    What was the approx. cost of this customization? Looks great – not like the ugly GL200 at all…

  • Ronald van Mil

    Very nice!

  • Lio

    adjust your front indikators! then, it´s perfect…

  • nathas909

    I love it! The last photo of that tail with the brake light recessed is a great idea, The whole bike has just been transformed so nicely, it something that should be offered as a kit. With so many Tigers in asia it would have to sell.

  • I just might have to steal the tail section design – the recessed tail light is too cool. Very nice balance in the design of the bike with good stance and front fender that disapears into the front tire.

    • revdub

      I can’t agree more on that recessed tail light. Very cool indeed. Classy little cafe and a nice transformation.

      • arnold

        Seems to me , the big AMF Sporties in the late seventies had this feature. looks good. I can be wrong, as always, working on memory, but it still looks good. ald

        • arnold

          Galvanized plate? kudos to you.

        • itsmefool

          They did? Pic, please, ’cause I couldn’t find any…

          • arnold

            I will find it for you. I think it was an XLCH and the only Harley I have ever messed with. Really, itsmefoot, the internet is so limited.%<{ )

          • arnold

            Sorry Super Glide. F**n Harleys.

          • You were correct about the Sportster – I think in 70 or 71 HD came out with the “boat tail” Sportster.

          • arnold

            It’s a pain getting old. I bought a ’53 half ton Dodge and the same guy had me rework his bike that had been sitting. +- 1000 cc sticks with me, and maybe it was my limited research or simply faulty memory in the days before dirt. It looked a lot like the Superglide posted above. ald
            (Except for the split tank of course)

          • Not to worry, arnold. I forget my son’s name every now and then and his name is the same as mine. When you start forgetting what a motorcycle “is” is the time you start worrying.

          • itsmefool

            Thankfully, this was just an option; for a mere $60, you could make your Sporty look like, well, awful. It truly gives new meaning to the phrase “butt ugly.” Thank goodness few took The Motor Co. up on this offer!

          • And yet these ugly XLs are collectible – go figure. I wonder how many of those seats wound up in the trash heap? If the seat/tail section had been proportioned better, like the GL200 here, it may have been a go.

          • arnold

            My Uncle had a Harley shop in the early sixties. I do remember a visit to the back where there was a pile of tanks, fenders and what have you, that the owners had changed out for something different. No one rode a stock Harley, it seems the same today. Unmolested examples are pretty hard to come by.

          • itsmefool

            On your last point, I totally agree! This bike is really well done.

    • AndrewF

      Recessed thus not very visible tail light defeats the purpose of having it in the first place, which was to warn the traffic behind you. Otherwise, very cool and a huge improvement over the donor bike!

  • haryudha

    Damn! Love it… 😉

  • arnold

    I guess my main comment would be ‘ too much’; It is wonderful to see a slick bike like this.

    • arnold

      Actually what I like the most is the center stand. Sorry, there is much to like about this scooter and upon reflection the center stand is a big one of ’em.

  • Lewn

    So well balanced and really well executed. Just a shame it has such an unexciting engine.