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Honda CB250 – ‘The Nut Buster’

Posted on November 15, 2013 by Scott in Bobber, Rat. 40 comments

A few weeks ago I received a phone call out of the blue from Mark Hawwa. For those of you that don’t know Mark, he is the guy behind Australian Cafe RacersThrottle Roll and the Distinguished Gentlemans Ride, amongst other things. Mark begins to tell me he has a great build idea for the upcoming Deus Bike Build Off. I presumed he was talking about next years build off because this conversation took place 48 hours before the Deus Bike Build Off was kicking off. “It’s called the Nut Buster” he tells me proudly. “and we’re going to build this bike over a 24 hour period with a few mates”. At first I thought he was crazy, but then I thought if anyone could pull it off, it was Mark. Firstly, he has a lot of friends who are very handy with a wrench, and secondly, he is one determined son of a bitch. One of the main rules for the Bike Build Off is to ‘make the most with the least’. Not only does this bike tick that box, but it was also built in the least amount of time. Meet the ‘The Nut Buster’, the 24 hour build that nearly broke six grown men.

It all started when Mark bought a very average 2001 Honda CB250 donor bike for $300 and then went about finding anything he could that might be useful in transforming the bike. Although the actual bike build would only take 24 hours, he did spend a little bit of time scouring through council clean up, filling his van with all sorts of rubbish that could become a part of ‘The Nut Buster’. These parts included a CD rack made out of metal with some fantastic weird curves, an old shovel, a beer tray, a kids foam floaty, some bread baskets, metal dishes and an old record player. He also went through his shed and found an old bread mixing bowl, a Honda Z50 Monkey fuel tank, some spare metal and some other bits and pieces.

He also went through his local mechanics metal bin and found a blown turbo. “One of our friends had recently taken out his hot water system so we grabbed some copper off him” he says. “We didn’t know if we would use any of the pieces but where limited to using only free parts that’s where recycled. ‘The Nut Buster’ is about using parts that don’t belong on that section of the bike. The concept of our 24 hour build was to be spontaneous as well as creative and work together to make something completely in practical and  introduce some new ideas to the DIY community.”

The build consisted of six people. One specifically for social media as they wanted to show people that this 24 hour build was legitimate. Apart from Mark, the team consisted of Ren De Haas, Chris Gray, Darren Millichamp, Chris Atkinson and Stephen Broholm. “The team had varying levels of experience and a lot of the tools that I used I hadn’t used since Metal Tech in high school back in 2001” said Mark. The workshop was donated to them by Ren from Rene9ade Custom Motorcycles – so all that was left to do now, was get to work.

Ultimately as the hours started to fly by decisions had to be made. “A quick drawing of the lines we were going to follow was drawn up first thing in the morning and that was our blue print for the build” says Mark. “The front fairing was built out of an old dough mixing bowl. The fuel tanks were built out of twin Kawasaki W650 exhausts. The seat was built out of a beer drip tray. The rear cowl was built out of the Honda Z50 Monkey fuel tank. The Rear suspension springs where cut and added to the front for extra stiffness. The rear suspension was now offered by two spanners. The wheels where covered in sheet metal and the side covers where custom made using metal.”

“The air filter was replaced with a gutted turbo as the air intake. The copper was used to decorate the front cowl and side panel. The exhaust was modified using the standard system, cut and welded to a custom ‘X’ Design. If you look closely, the exhausts also have custom truck style flaps. The wheelie bar was built to use the top of the suspension mount and the rear foot peg mount. It uses an old skate board truck with some spare wheels one of the boys had from making a chain tensioner. We slammed the front end within an inch of its life, so it’s basically a hard tail back, hard pecker front. Removed the head light, indicators and tail light. Shortened the side stand and removed the chain guard.”

“Building the bike wasn’t without its own issues. We ran out of Argon welding gas at 1am in the morning so had to result to using wire and cable ties to mount the side covers as well as relocate the battery under the swing arm. Not the best of options but the best we could do with what we had. In testing the bike and making sure it ran, we couldn’t get it up the ramp to the workshop as the shortening of the headers and the extension of the air filter set up meant it needed a tune and none of us had time for that. A steep push up hill it was. The front fairing had to be adjusted multiple times to take into account handle bar position, mounting etc. Then it had to be adjusted one last time to fit the front brake reservoir. All up the front cowl itself took about 7 hours. All in all though the hardest challenge was just making shit work on the bike. The fuel tank took an insane amount of hours and resulted in some life scars. Physically and mentally.”

The bike rollled into the workshop as a very sad looking 2001 Honda CB250 and rolled out the following morning as a Apocolyptic-Steampunk-Drag-Café Racer. The build may have taken its toll on the guys, but at least the budget break down was easy to calculate. Donor bike was purchased for $300. They spent $50 on additional bolts, rubber for the air intake, some glue for the wheels and $70 on pizza.

The bike has made it into the top 20 of the Deus Bike Build off and they need some help getting votes. If you like the bike, like the fact it made the most with the least, like the fact they built something in 22.5 hours (to be exact), then head over to the Deus voting page and ‘like’ the Nutbuster.

Photographs by My Media Sydney

  • Mark Hawwa

    What a hunk of shit his never going to need that stupid wheelie bar, and that seat is a f*cking joke. He will never be able to register this. Whats with the lack of head lights, tail light, indicators? aren’t bikes meant to be ridden? or is this just one of those show pony, latte sipping hipster machines. It sure looks like it to me! He must wear skinny jeans and be sending my daughter to put away bay behind my back. Perfectly good waste of a motorcycle, 24 hours, 6 lives and a skateboard. How can the motorcycle world stoop this low. Ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous.

    • the guy

      Yes but, 24 hrs!!!!! I would like to know what was used for the front fairing. It doesn’t look hand made because of the deep dish look. Thats a lot of stretching and if it’s multiple pieces, then someone is decent at finishing out welds. That being said. It look as if the gas tank welds are mig welds which is very hard to get a water tight seal with that, so……props I guess. Oh yeah, is the copper piece just for looks. Whats that for. That would look cool polished if anything.The thing about a bike like this is that with so little money put into it there’s a lot to be had. Someone will pay 3-5 grand for this bike not knowing what was used to build it, how, and even time taken to build it. But, for 24 hrs I congratulate you guys, well done but now lets tidy up some stuff.

      • Mark Hawwa

        Hey man, the front cowl is an industrial/bakery mixing bowl. Copper is just for looks. Tank is fuel tight and we have 1.5hrs more we could spend on it but it is what it is. I think we would all be reluctant to put further work into it. It now is what it is. A story and something to get the imagination going.

    • buttnugget

      shut your pie hole you whiny little sour puss.

      • Salvage West

        hahahahaha TROLL. Read who built this bike and then who you are
        commenting to. Mark, great build, and I can’t stop laughing at your
        latte sipping hipster comments.

    • cab305

      Research what the Deus Bike Build Off is you derp!

      • cab305

        Guess I’m the derp….. lol

        • Mark Hawwa

          Dude I’m the derp! I was being a dick. Let’s agree to disagree. When in Rome. I’m Ron Burgendy? Who changed the teleprompter

    • Well, that’s a first. A builder slamming their own bike. Pre-emptive strike, much?

      • Mark Hawwa

        Just a tad dude just a tad 🙂 all smiles here

    • coldsunshine

      You got that right, man! If you ever meet that guy who built this thing, punch him in the face for motorcyclists everywhere!!!

  • Sooty

    Dirty. Love it.

  • arnold

    Like the last minute thrash contest concept.
    Perfectly acceptable result.
    Not having a Facebook account takes me out of casting a vote for the clear class of the contest.

    • Mark Hawwa

      your mental vote is still accepted… in our hearts

    • MF

      I’d like to vote too, be handy to have a non-facebook vote. Maybe I’ll send them a postcard.

  • Kevin

    Wrench detail is awesome ..

  • Glocker

    Looks dangerous and Mad Max as hell. I like it. 🙂

  • Greg Beckett

    I reckon you should take it to the drags to see how many minutes it would do over the quarter mile.

  • itsmefool

    Like Greg said…while the back story is neat and all, show us some timeslips!

    • The honest words on the turbo say it all: ‘All show and no go’

  • Ben

    Rad! That is all

  • I don’t know why, but I’m irresistibly drawn to this bike – kind of not be able to look away from a train wreck. I really like the fuel tank(s) and may have to steal the idea. It would scare me to death to ride it but that’s what motorcyles are really for. I would like to see a more unconventional shifter – like maybe a bayonet or a machete?

  • Cyril

    100% living wtf…a.r.t. , yes you heard me right : a rightgeous tooling ;)…!
    & this bring a smile / sneer / nasty grin 2 me…
    i for one would for sure would ride this to the nearest java pusher, order a kapucino, rub my sore nuts, a bum a cigaret of the fools taking mobile phone shots ;b
    peace & happymess builders, don’t ever stop makin’ smiles 😉

    • Mark Hawwa

      You are the man

  • Dusten R Trounce

    This bike has more engineering in the tank than my whole build!….. Great job all around.

  • BigPeeWee

    This belongs somewhere….else. A bike built as a joke? Why not build one to ride?

    • Mark Hawwa

      who the fuck builds bikes to ride? get with the program

      • Mikki Young

        Mark you clearly don’t know the first thing about motorcycles!

  • Adam Santella

    Love the skateboard wheelie bar and x pipe. hook up that turbo and you’d have the most radical drag bike ever. this definitely turned a few heads at the bike build off…

  • Silon

    “hard pecker up front” is right

    should be called “Flying Phallus”

    I admire the creative energy, and quick build. Unique bike well suited to the purpose of its construction.

  • Mikki Young

    HAHAHA MARK for President!….. oh wait he already is! Troll of the year, sick build sick dude sick website sick pics

  • bill smith

    LOL , Mark Hawwa, slams his on bike, made me smile….okay sometimes you just have to have fun and say what the fuck…..By the way my vote for most creative use of skate board trucks for wheelie bars.>>>>>>>>you latte sippin hipster.

    • Mark Hawwa


  • Cas Sparks

    Will look kool with my boots… messaging you my delivery address, churs Mark
    Voted… maybe even twice 😉

  • This is really cool! Please make it go away.

  • CB200Cafe

    I think it’s brilliant! I can’t get a bike finished in 24 months, let alone 24 hours.

  • Richard

    that looks like shit

  • Mijit

    This is frightfully similar to El Solitario’s Winning Loser, to the point that i’d almost call the build plagiarism.

  • Glen Caines

    What a stupid looking pile of dung.