Based on a 1990 Honda NX650
We've been itching to do a flat track style build for a while, so when Bill, our client decided he was up for it, the game was on!
We already had a perfect donor bike in the shape of an electric start Honda NX650, so with the build brief finalised it began.
Although it was to be a stripped back, minimalist build, Bill wanted quality components and attention to detail which was right up our street.
The old subframe was removed and a new, much smaller one fabricated which also housed the new Motogadget M-unit, lightweight Lithium Iron battery and ECU.
The stock front end was discarded and replaced with a set of beefy White Power upside down units which were mated up with a new 19" ceramic coated gold alloy rim, Haan billet alloy hub, electro plated stainless spokes and topped off with a Mitas flat track tyre. A radial four pot Brembo caliper now bites on a big 320mm EBC floating disc and boy, does it work!
At the rear, the swinging arm was extended by 30mm to accommodate the bigger 19" wheel and chunky flat track tyre with all new linkage bearings and seals fitted . A new fully adjustable Bitubo shock now controls the rear and feels really plush.
A new top yoke was machined from billet alloy and also a trick Fat Bar handlebar clamp with integral Motogadget speedo and warning lights. The Nekken racing flat track bars are adorned with Motogadget push button switches, Accossato racing radial pump front brake master cylinder with matching clutch lever assembly, quick action throttle and a Oberon bar end mirror just to see who's chasing you!
With weight loss natrually brings performance gains and to enhance that, a big Mikuni TM flat slide carb was fitted along with a high flow Ramair filter and a bespoke satin stainless twin pipe free flowing exhaust system.
A flat tracker wouldn't look right without race number boards, so the front one was made and designed to house LED day time running lights and LED indicators as well as the all important race number.
At the back, a new flat track seat was made with the number boards scultpered around the silencers and a gorgeous brown leather diamond stitched seat pad.
The paintwork is always the icing on the cake and this doesn't disappoint. Cobalt pearl blue was chosen as the main colour with gold Honda old school wings and striping. Bill's company logo Primera, takes pride of place on top of the much slimmer tank and all expertly air brushed on.
Although the bike will be displayed in his high end pushbike shops it'll also be ridden around some of the lovely roads in Dorset and will also be on display at this years Bike Shed show.
Come and see it in the flesh if you're up in London at the end of May.
Side Rock Cycles