It’s a well-known fact that 1970s drag racing was pretty much the coolest thing that has ever graced God’s earth. And Blind Freddy could tell you that the French are as cool as all hell. And what about the Honda Dax? That thing’s cooler than James Brown doing shots of liquid nitrogen. So what happens when you combine all three? You get coolness levels approaching that of Absolute Zero. Just ask French bike builders Duke Motorcycles; after getting their hands dirty on this little Honda Dax drag bike build, they’ve probably got a case of terminal frostbite.
Being the Japan-o-philes that we are, we’re usually the first ones to put up our hands when the eccentric Japanese bikes are wheeled out of a builder’s shop. Whether it be the Motocompo, the Monkey, or the Dax – if it looks manga, we’re usually gaga. So imagine our reaction when we first laid eyes the very latest build from tré cool builder Karl “Ed” Renoult and his ‘Ed Turner’ Motorcycles. A Honda XLS 500 that’s been customised to look like a Dax? I’d be lying if I told you that we put on giant robot costumes and danced crazily to J-Pop, but I really wished we had.
Customising a bike is in many ways a truly epic undertaking. It’s like the Everest climb of the mechanical world, requiring equal parts engineering skills, design, creativity, problem solving, patience and brute force. So now imagine we tell you the story of a man who climbed his own personal motorbike Everest, but decided to do it walking backwards, naked, while carrying his mother-in-law on his back. That’s about the size of the challenge that Texan Dave Morales undertook when he committed to customising what could easily be the world’s most uncustomised bike. No pre-fab parts or extensive online repositories of information for this intrepid explorer, no sir. A mission of this magnitude is tantamount to going when no man has gone before. And now that we gaze admirably upon his creation, we think it’s fair to say that what he has achieved is much more than one big step for Dave, but it’s also one giant leap for biker-kind. Houston, we have a custom…
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