Henry's Honda CL450 Ginger
By Anthony van Someren - 15 Oct 12
I installed a steering damper from a GSXR, which provided significant stability at speeds, Hagon shocks in the rear for better suspension, rebuilt the front forks, custom Italian leather seat, the whole 9 yards--and all in my garage.
The torsion bars of the 450 took some getting used to, as they certainly aren't as transparent as valve springs, but the process of learning a new motor was priceless.I called the bike "Ginger" because I, myself, am a ginger, and the bike embodies all that is me. She is a kick ass around town ride that is faster than expected (spent the weekend keeping up or passing the fellow riders at the DGRide, and they all have new Triumphs). When I get bored riding on the road, she is completely dialed-in for dual-sport rides and handles well in the dirt/sand as well. Passion compelled me to create something that would maintain the classic style of a vintage Honda, but at the same time provide the performance and aggressive handling for both on and off the road. I hope to keep her in the stable for the kids to one day take over.
Henry and Chums at the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2012. Well done, Sirs!
Gentleman and his Lady (...we assume it was warmer than it was in London)
Ready for the open road...
Follow the original build thread on Do The Ton, HERE, and read more about Henry's CJ360 soon...