The back story…
I’m at SoMoto bike night at Baxter Village in Fort Mill, SC with Blair B. showing the BBCB550 we had recently finished. Blair and I had just arrived, he was on his CB550 and I was on the ’86 FZ600. The ride in was great, the weather was perfect and Blair’s bike looked and sounded absolutely amazing moving down the road. We need to photograph that bike in motion.
As soon as we pulled up Blair was mobbed with questions about his bike. It was cool to see Blair glowing as he went over all the details of the Motogadget M-Unit, taking the seat cowl off to show the Unit and the beautiful wiring Jesse did. I watched for a bit then went inside Grapevine Wine Shop to buy us a couple beers. By the time I had our drinks, Blair came in saying there was a guy who wanted to do a restoration on an old Kawasaki and he would introduce me.
The guys name is Tim Arnold and he had an ’81 GPZ550. After telling me about it and what he thought it might need, I suggested a restoration which might run in the neighborhood of 5K. He said he’d rather sell it. He had it listed on facebook and was tired of lowball offers asking him to deliver it for free. I suggested he donate it to Gaston Motorcycle Werks and we could do a build on it. Without hesitation he said yes. Here is the bike as we picked it up, it was pretty rough. We will have a photo gallery in the next post.
Here is a shot of the direction we are going. The seat will not have the bump.
AT GMW we build custom bikes and do general service in-between the builds. Periodically or builds come in for service and recently we have been visited by several of our past builds. While some of these bikes were in the shop Benjamin jumped on the opportunity and grabbed some nice portrait shots in front of our tire wall. Check them out by clicking on any of the images below.
Every once in a while everything comes together and just works. It’s pretty rare, but this past weekend was one of these times and it was huge for us.
Over the last 17 months and pushing 300 hours, Jesse and I poured our hearts into a build, a very special custom build on a CB550 for a client of ours. We finished it in time to be able to bring it to Cyclemania 2018, an annual motorcycle event in Charlotte, NC. Our client entered it in the Japanese classic/ modified class. Motorcycles from all over NC were entered and there were many truly amazing entries. In all just over 100 bikes entered the various categories. Bikes that we would be proud to say we built. Our bike got first place in it’s category. And to our complete surprise and amazement, it was also was voted as best in show over all these incredible bikes!
I cannot begin to express my gratitude to all the people who took the time to vote for our baby. We could not have won this prestigious award nor could we do the work we do without your support. We want to thank you for letting us work on your bikes, we are truly blessed and will work hard to continue on our path as a special place to bring your motorcycle for service, repair and customization.
If you met yourself, would you want to hang out with that person? Or even heavier, would you want to marry that person?
Right now Jesse is wrapping up the assembly on this 1978 CB750 SOCH. The frame has been powder coated and rebuilt with new bushings and bearings. The engine was also powder coated and rebuilt with a Wiseco big bore kit. This bike should haul ass when it’s done. We’re just waiting on Benjamin to do the paint… Come on Benjamin!
“Crashing is shit for you, shit for the bike, shit for the mechanics and shit for the set-up, it’s a signal that you are heading in the wrong direction. You want to win but crashing is the opposite. It’s like being in France when you want to go to England and when you crash you go to Spain. That way you’ll never get to England!” Carlos Checa
Check this pair of CB550’s, each is at one end of the cost per build spectrum. Both are sweet rides and we know our clients will be stoked to ride them.
The man hunched over his motorcycle can focus only on the present… he is caught in a fragment of time cut off from both the past and the future… he has no fear, because the source of fear is in the future, and a person freed of the future has nothing to fear.
Check this super sweet Honda CL450 we recently built. Our client brought it in today for it’s first check up. We’re stoked to see our builds being ridden, thanks Larry!