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Hero Honda Karizma ‘Sliver’ by Mean Green Customs

Posted on July 9, 2014 by Scott in Café Racer. 39 comments


Written by Ian Lee.

So you want to build a sweet ride, but you don’t want to take the well travelled route. You want something with that café racer silhouette, but you also crave something fresh. This was the conundrum faced by Aditya Green from Mean Green Customs in India, when he was trying to work out the details for the feature bike seen here today. This bike started as a thought, was turned into a sketch and then became a beautiful reality. Sleek lines, low slung and with a side profile to make you weak at the knees, this futuristic café racer is definitely something you don’t see everyday. And that’s what makes us appreciate it all the more.


At the heart of the sleek silver machine is a 223cc Hero Honda Karizma powerplant. Basically a detuned version of the engine found in the popular CRF230 Honda dirt bike range, the main difference being the Hero transmission carries only five speeds as opposed to the the six speeds found in a CRF. The carb is the factory Kehlin CV with the carburetor controlled variable ignition switch system left intact on the build. This helps to make for a 3.8 second 0-60 time for the machine.


That body, those lines though. Even just looking at the front end of the bike it is easy to see the work involved. The custom girder forkset, fitted with a shock as opposed to a spring, is raked at an impressive angle to drop the front end of the bike to give a strong sporting stance. The swing arm has been manufactured so it matches the front end, both are painted in black so as not to take away from the lines of the tank and the ducktail.


Not happy with the bike having a traditional body, the Mean Green Customs crew came up with a design which had “sharp edges and aggressive curvy lines”. This they have done, Aditya spent a lot of time fabricating the tank and seat until he was happy with the lines. The metallic paintwork is broken up by the leather of the seat pan and a matching racing stripe on the tank. To round out the aesthetics, the MG workshop fashioned up a set of handlebar hugging mirrors inscribed with the workshop logo, and emblazoned with little LED units which make for indicator lamps. The indicator lamps for the rear are mounted in the foot pegs, leaving the rear of the body wiring and clutter free.


With a lot of thought and effort put in, Mean Green Customs have produced a one-of-a-kind café racer. From mental image to metal image, this Honda powered special has fulfilled the build brief of being something ‘radical’ while still being tasteful enough to admire.




  • Luke

    Normally not a fan of real low bars and uncomfortable-to-ride bikes, but total props for these guys just “going for it.” I might not want to ride it for more than 30 minutes at a time, but it demands attention. That is a killer stance (and I want those bar-end turn signals!).

  • Sir. Andrew

    3.8 Seconds 0-60 needs some proof I think.

    • Sonny

      It’s Indian. Maybe it’s in KPH?

    • Ranjith Murali

      Yep.that is 0-60 in Kmph 🙂

  • TJ Martin

    Oh wow ! Shinya Kimura influenced while completely avoiding becoming a Shinya Kimura pastiche ! Utterly brilliant little bike . And I do mean little as a compliment . Mr Green turning what was a toy M/C commuter bike into one stunning and serious ride . Hmmmn . This one’s banging on the door of my Top 3 2014 so far . Nice to see a new face in the crowd as well as hoping to see more of his work here .

    • Davidabl2

      I’m curious, please explain the Shinya influence?

      • TJ Martin

        If you need an explanation … you just don’t get it ! Shinya’s work or the definition of the word ‘ influence ‘ Therefor rendering any attempt on my part to explain it to you an exercise in futility 😉

        • Yea! You TOLD him!

        • Davidabl2

          Low stretched lines check…a mixture of flowing lines counterpoised by abrupt angles? hand-beaten bodywork?
          unfinished polished metal? absence of paint? the “wabi-sabi” feel of a handworked machine based on vintage components?
          Or at least if it ‘s not a vintage machine it’ll have the rest of the above. Like that Hinckley Triumph that he recently did for some Hollywood personality. Or his Italian bikes.

      • Mike B

        I actually thought the same thing when I saw the first pic. For me, I’d say the Shinya vibe comes mainly from the stance. It feels low in a very Shinya way. Also the rake of the girder front, and the negative space it creates. As well as the negative space created at the rear between the shock, rear tire, and tail section. I really dig this bike.

        • Davidabl2

          I am reminded more of another Japanese builder (whose name I can never remember) who handcrafts the entire bike
          except the power plant…He’s won at least one of those big name building contests,and one of his bikes was in the Guggenheim “Art of the Motorcycle ” show

    • arnold

      I don’t think M.Kimura would accept such an unbalanced tail in his philosophy.
      He does build interesting motorcycles, but the the ‘following’ limits his basic premise by being obtusely aggressive about his style, no mention of his limitations. His acolytes hinder him rather than help; rather than shouting, they should sit back and enjoy his creations.

      To compare is to denounce.

      • arnold
        • arnold

          Nine virtues

          Recollection of nine virtues attributed to the Buddha is a common
          Buddhist devotional practice. The nine virtues are also among the 40 Buddhist meditation subjects. The nine virtues of the Buddha appear throughout the Tipitaka,[67] and include:

          Buddho – AwakenedSammasambuddho – Perfectly self-awakenedVijja-carana-sampano – Endowed with higher knowledge and ideal conduct.Sugato – Well-gone or Well-spoken.Lokavidu – Wise in the knowledge of the many worlds.Anuttaro Purisa-damma-sarathi – Unexcelled trainer of untrained people.Satthadeva-Manussanam – Teacher of gods and humans.Bhagavathi – The Blessed oneAraham – Worthy of homage. An Arahant
          is “one with taints destroyed, who has lived the holy life, done what
          had to be done, laid down the burden, reached the true goal, destroyed
          the fetters of being, and is completely liberated through final

  • Incredible build, gorgeous factory-looking finish. I can’t say I like the looks from the front, but the side contour is great, and gas tank shape caught my attention. When I see such a beautifully crafted machine I think – is it worth it performance wise? And before answering the simple question I try to understand where the bike ends and the real art begins.

  • Amazing lines…

  • Junior Burrell

    Very creative and seems to be put together extremely well.

  • Marcin Kryjom

    What are those tires?

    • RC

      ceat secura

  • I like this trend to smaller custom bikes. This is a very clean and tidy build with a lot of great details – the mirrors/turn signals are very well integrated in the design.

    • I think the handlebar mirrors/turn signals will be a great afttermarket product.
      Mean Green Customs maybe have to consider this as an option, and start selling these beauties. I definitely want a pair in anodized black 😉

  • SportsterMike

    Great looking bike – can we have some photos taken in daylight – the classic film noir look is OK but I like to SEE things!!! and hooray its not a rigid frame and doesn’t have pipe wrap!! even better

    • Steve Joseph

      if you try to submit a nice daylight shot picture, Pipeburn will reply and tell you your pictures look like your trying to sell the bike on eBay and deny you. Ask me how I know 😀

      • Robert R

        Agreed. Some of the best builds I’ve seen, or tried to see, are ruined by the moody photos. Why would you shoot a silver-blue and black bike against a dark grey-blue background? The only things you can see are the shiney bits and they look like they are floating in space. My favorite line here is this: “Even just looking at the front end of the bike it is easy to see the work involved.” Really? I can’t see one detail on that fork so i really don’t know how much work was involved except that it’s black. Come on Pipeburn, lets see some brighter, better photos so we can appreciate the work that goes into these bikes.

      • Junior Burrell

        I haven’t had that problem

    • nathas909

      I totally agree. What is the point of the 2nd last photo, all it shows is how beautiful the gas cap is, and I am sure without the moody lighting you could get a lot more.
      This is a site firstly to highlight custom bikes and secondly photography, I think sometimes the order gets switched around…. I am not interested in nice photos, but good bikes, that’s why I am here.

      • Wehateyou

        I’ts actually meant to showcase the attention to details and the very careful finishing touches (i.e. tank badges, MG logos, signals, etc..). That’s what you do to separate the men from the boys

  • Steve Joseph

    My pictures were denied becuase you told me you wanted bright clear well lit photos. those were actually what I provided. you SHOULD have said “We want dark, moody, brooding pictures where all the details are hidden in shadow and you can only see the basic shape of the bike” so I sent some of those and still have not heard back. you guys MET me in person when you visited Lossa, whats the deal? the guy who builds most of Lossa Engineerings bikes isn’t allowed to have his personal bikes shown to the world? /rant over

    I would love to see more detail on the fabrication of that swingarm and forks but the pictures are way too moody to be of any use.

  • Vamsi

    Nothing of Karizma left.

  • Blueline

    When I first flicked through the pics I saw the winged M emblem and thought ‘well this new Matchless bike definitely looks the goods’.

    Love the stance. I’m a fan of massive rake but this is made all the better on this build, by the fact this bike isn’t a chopper.

  • Oldroadie

    That seems a really nice bit of work to be so poorly lit, almost as if the details couldn’t take the scrutiny of bright light. It’s a shame because the tiny details distinguish great work and while the really cool lines imply greatness the photos hide them in the shadows.

  • Bultaco Metralla

    Love the sculpture

  • Deepaul Rocker

    This design looks awesome.

  • PSwan

    That front end deserved a bit more love from the camera, guys.

  • Dinoy Chakraborty

    SWEEEEEET…… would love to be your apprentice… Look at the engineering on the front. Would be a heavy one on the shoulder but awsome on the road…


    what is the name type of the front shockbreaker it?