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‘73 Honda CB350 – Scott Di Lalla


Posted on November 26, 2014 by Andrew in Brat. 15 comments

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According to the internets, ‘Renaissance man’ is a term applied to the gifted people who have highly developed abilities in all areas of human accomplishment. Now call us crazy but we’re kind of thinking that Scott Di Lalla, builder of this bike, is getting dangerously close to achieving the title. See, not only has he built this brat named ‘Skyler,’ but he’s also a photographer and an award-winning director of a few killer bike films Including ‘Choppertown’ and ‘Brittown.’ And he works on bikes in his spare time out of his ‘Prospect Shop’ in California. What’s more, he even took the time to pen his own Pipeburn post. Wow. Now if anyone wants me, I’ll just be over here feeling inadequate…

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“The journey of taking on the build of this year’s 7th Annual Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club (VVMC) raffle rally bike started a few short months ago in May. Throughout the process of building Skyler, I constantly had a few questions shuffling around my head: Who would be the lucky winner? How far would they live from me? Would they take care of her? Well, September 13th finally came and the outcome couldn’t have been better.”

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“I knew from VVMC member Shannon Sweeney’s experience of building last year’s bike, it wouldn’t be a small feat with such little time. Thanks to Shannon, who pulled a run down 1973 CB350 from his shop, had a few brothers tear it down and transport it all to my garage where the build commenced not long after.”

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“Right away I envisioned this bike as a low, mean and fast ‘brat style’ ride with a few touches of other influential bits. The first thing was to shorten the rear and add a loop with a slight upward bend, de-tab anything that was not needed and build a seat pan that went along the new clean lines of the frame. After a trip to M&K Metal I started fabricating.”

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“I took the motor down to the crank so I could add new oil seals, check for wear and install a new timing chain. In addition to this I installed a new and updated cam chain tensioner (slider type) to replace the old crappy plastic roller version. Also, new valves, piston, rings, resurfaced head and all new gaskets were installed.

Thanks to recommendations from CB350 guru Chad Williams there are some neat little things on this bike that help its performance. I went with a 520 chain to lighten the drive train up a little and geared it so it not only has some power around town but also will have some left in the top end.”

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“When the time came to give away the bike, we chose a shy little girl from the crowd to come on stage to reach in the raffle basket and pick the winner from over 2,000 entries. Out of all the people in the world that could have won, the winner turned out to be Sex In the City actor, Jason Lewis.

Ironically, earlier that day Jason had told me, ‘Scott, if I win that bike I am going to give it to my friend Sheenon,’ and that’s exactly what happened. The second Jason accepted his win he grabbed the mic and announced to the crowd that he was giving the bike to his buddy who was left standing speechless in front of the stage. I will never forget that moment and am glad for the fact that Skyler will have a good home here in Los Angeles.”

L-R: Sheenon Olsen, Jason Lewis and builder Scott Di Lalla

L-R: Sheenon Olsen (the bike’s new owner), actor Jason Lewis and builder Scott Di Lalla

“Special thanks to my VVMC brothers, friends, and everyone else who helped and have been so supportive throughout this process.”

[Photo by… you guessed it. Scott Di Lalla]








  • Paul

    Nailed it!
    Love the paint and chrome. New desktop background.

    • Paul

      Pics too small for desktop. Have a link to a full res photo? (pic 1)

  • editor

    In your first paragraph, you have the bike’s name as “styler” whereas in his article, Scott calls it “Skyler”

  • thrillofspeed

    As well-executed as this build is, I still find it uninspiring, if only because there is absolutely nothing new done. I don’t intend to bash the builder in any way, but if it wasn’t for the flashy paint, it could be mistaken for just about any other “brat-style” bike.

    • roscoe

      Yep. Well done and nice, but nothing new here. Like the ‘flake paint tho.

    • David Loredo

      there always has to be one or 2 sourpusses in the bunch. Sit at a corner and pick out the next 200 motorcycles that pass you by. Chances are maybe only 1 or 2 will look anything like this. 1 or 2 out of 200. I think thats pretty damn awesome. You know how many people would love to own a bike that looks like this? Its a great looking bike and he spend alot of time making it run and perform great. As a fellow bike builder, I prefer to appreciate the hard work it takes to make one of these bad boys!!! Because it does indeed take a lot of time and work, regardless of how innovative, or lack of it might be! I dont think he build it to inspire you or be innovative! He just wanted to build a cool bike!

      • thrillofspeed

        fair enough

  • Awesome build and awesomer dudes!!! Those VVMC guys are all class acts! Shout out to my bruthafromanutha, Eddie Nicholas!!

  • Ecosse

    love this bike overall but really dislike the ‘brat’ seat. bike has a great brit bike vibe to it and like the ghost “honda” logo.

    ~ecosse

  • Flatchat

    I like that, nothing’s new. Isn’t that the point?

  • Clay

    The bars on this are spot on. My favorite piece on the bike

  • Shane

    This a great bike. I love the handlebars. Can someone tell me what style they are. I would love to put a set on my next project.

  • elrockindude

    what kind are those tires? i want them!