MATT DON­ALD­SON’S HONDA CB450

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Six years ago Matt Don­ald­son im­ported a knack­ered 1973 Honda CB450 from the USA be­cause he saw the cus­tom po­ten­tial of the high-revving, short-stroke en­gined bike: ‘I parts he fan­cied from the USA he re­alised he’d need some ex­pert help and he nat­u­rally grav­i­tated to Cli” Sealey whose Howard Street Motors thought I can have a go at that, even though I knew it’d be a steep learn­ing curve.’ But a“er strip­ping it down and start­ing to source the re­pair shop is next door to where Matt runs his fam­ily’s build­ing busi­ness in Stroud. Cli” cut o” the rear sub­frame, made the seat pan and ex­haust sys­tem, cut ‘n’ shut the rear fender and gen­er­ally fab­ri­cated what Matt needed. Matt chose 16in So“ail Sport­ster wheels and sourced an orig­i­nal CB450 ‘Black Bomber’ 2LS drum brake from the USA to re­place the ’73 ver­sion’s sin­gle disc, and dropped the forks slightly to im­prove the han­dling. But the ma­jor un­der­tak­ing was the tank, a Ben­jie’s Café Racer item from New Jer­sey, USA which had to be cut in two to sit neatly over the spine frame and then šowed into the seat, it­self Mor­retti beau­ti­fully in nearby ren­dered Newent. by Other de­tails in­clude the chunky Shinko white stripe tyres, the enam­eled ’bars with their white inset grips and the an­cient Ford Model A (that’s a car) rear light. Paint­works in Glouces­ter ex­e­cuted the un­der­stated paint­work. And good it looks too. ‘It’s still a CB450, but with a bit of a twist,’ says Matt. He also com­mutes on it, just about ev­ery day of the week.

‘The ma­jor un­der­tak­ing was the tank which had to be cut in two to sit neatly over the spine frame’

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