‘This bike still gives me goose­bumps’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Retro Special 2017 -

Nick found this ma­chine ly­ing unloved and rust­ing away in a shed and it’s taken him three years to cre­ate this sparkling ex­am­ple of per­se­ver­ance. He said: “The base bike was a CB360 G-model from 1975. I ditched pretty much every­thing apart from the mo­tor and chas­sis.”

As a start­ing point for the build the engine was re­freshed, fol­lowed by the frame, which was mod­i­fied and strength­ened. The sub­frame was length­ened and braced to sup­port a new car­bon-fi­bre seat unit. The lines of the bike are helped from the tank, which came from a CB900F and Nick made the car­bon-fi­bre front mud­guard him­self.

With other com­mit­ments, Nick found find­ing time to get it com­pleted the most chal­leng­ing as­pect of the build. But he’s happy with the re­sult, say­ing: “I called her the Keiryo Café Racer, af­ter the light­weight cat­e­gory in sumo wrestling.”

Meet the Keiryo – named af­ter sumo’s light­weight class

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