One trend that seems to be building momentum is the use of copper, brass or gold to accentuate certain parts of the build. Gold chains and rims have always been popular, but they seem to be making a come back. We think this CB550 has got the balance of copper just about right. The rear sets, levers, exhaust tip, headlight and rims are enough to get your attention – without turning it into a festival of bling. This classy café racer is the handy work of Alex Martino in collaboration with the talented Dustin Kott from Kott Motorcycles. Alex has had this bike in his head for some time, it just took a little time to make it a reality. As it turns out, Alex is a man of many talents. He’s a graphic designer by trade but acquired his fabrication skills by building custom show trucks in Chicago. After moving to L.A. he now spends his days shooting beautiful models as a freelance photographer. “I’m just a good ol’ boy in a city trying to make money and find time to spend in the garage” says Alex.
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Noli Coronado is not only a silversmith for Lucky Monkey in Manilla but is also a passionate bike builder. He likes to build sculptures that have wheels and engines. Like this one-of-a-kind board tracker cross bobber he built for Ron Poe of P&P tattoo. Ron is the son of legendary Filipino actor Fernando Poe Jr. Fernando Poe’s most famous role was of Panday (blacksmith in Filipino) in the movie Ang Panday.
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This beautifully restored 1976 Honda CB550F Super Sport sat unfinished, perfectly stored in a garage for 12 years before Larry Pearson convinced the owner to part with it. The previous owner, a very talented machinist had already done some work on the vintage road racer. Like a perfect era-correct Kerker exhaust, laid down rear shocks and made almost all of the beautiful aluminum engine covers, the rear sets, the ventilated rear brake hub, the fork brace, clip-ons, muffler hanger and more. Then Larry built the tail section from scratch using the gas tank’s rear half as a mold (genius). He also made the seat, built all the mounts for the fairing and then painted it to his picture perfect standard. It appeared in Cycle World as the “American Flyer” (Aug. ’04) and more recently it took second place in it’s class at the ’08 Legend of the Motorcycle (1/2 point out of first place). We love this Honda CB Cafe Racer and we look forward to sharing Larry’s next project with you. [If you have a project for Larry contact us and we will give you his details]
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