‘It’s noth­ing but smiles when you ride it’

Sam Wood 1983 Honda VT500

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Start­ing life as a hum­ble 1983 Honda VT500 and bought for just £300, this bike has been trans­formed into a cool, con­tem­po­rary cafe racer. Fa­ther and son Paul and Sam Wood, from Lin­colnshire, built the bike ready for Sam to ride after he passed his full bike test.

Sam said: “I sat on the sofa in the garage and said I wanted a red frame, white tank, black wheels and twin ex­hausts. From then, we stripped the bike down to the bare frame.

“It’s only rid­den on sunny days and it’s a quick bike and great fun to ride. It’s noth­ing but smiles when you ride it and it can eas­ily cruise at 60mph on the beau­ti­ful coun­try­side roads.”

Sam and Paul had to cut and reweld part of the frame to al­ter the look. The po­si­tion of the sus­pen­sion was low­ered and a new twin ex­haust was also made. Other mods in­cluded clip-ons, a ma­chined top yoke and a new speedo and seat.

Sam added: “I ded­i­cate the build to my dad, who was a mas­sive help and I want to thank him so much.”

The build’s very hum­ble VT500 ori­gins First job was to strip ev­ery­thing down

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