HONDA CT110

Classic Bike (UK) - - Classic World - Chris Gal­lagher

There may have been a road-reg­is­tered Manx Nor­ton, a squadron of Vin­cents and a pla­toon of Ve­lo­cettes at Phillip Is­land, but Chris Gal­lagher’s $400 custom Honda step-through got all the at­ten­tion.

“Ev­ery­one seems to be able to re­late to it, even if they don’t un­der­stand what I’ve done to it and why,” laughed Chris.

Chris tried to ex­plain what he’d done to his CT110, a model that has been around since 1980, based on the 1958 Su­per Cub.

“I spent $400 to buy it and used an an­gle-grinder to mod­ify it,” he said. “It wouldn’t be a custom bike with­out a sui­cide jockey shift,” he added, point­ing to the ex­tended gear lever. That thing on the head­lamp is an Ed­die the Head I got at an Iron Maiden con­cert in Bel­gium.”

Nick­named ‘Postie bikes’, in Aus­tralia, CT110S are part of Aus­tralian house­hold­ers’ daily lives. A bizarre sub­cul­ture of Out­back rid­ing, rac­ing and in­ner-city cus­tomis­ing has sprung up around the 105cc, four-stroke sin­gles.

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