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CB 100 by Deus Bali

Honda CB 100
If I were looking for a lifestyle change, hanging out in Bali building custom bikes and surfboards would be near the top of my list. The guys at Deus have obviously been thinking along the same lines, because they’ve just set up the Deus Canggu bengkel (workshop). And this bike is one of the first fruits of their labors.

Called ‘Inari’, after the Japanese Shinto spirit of fertility and success, it’s based on a humble 1976 Honda CB 100—one of the most popular bikes in Indonesia. Virtually nothing of the original machine remains, though: the engine has almost doubled in size to 180cc, and the front and rear suspension is from a Yamaha 225. And despite the CB 100’s diminutive size, she carries her Bratstyle influence well.

Honda CB 100
Yes, she’s a lightweight bike, but the motorcycling environment in Bali is very different to what most of us are used to—and the local custom scene reflects that. Here, Deus is creating smaller bikes with robust suspension and simple mechanicals that don’t require a degree in electronics to fix.

Honda CB 100
According to their Bali guys, “We are currently building ‘The Deus Temple of Enthusiasm’ in Canggu. This 2000m2 site will be a clever combination of new and 100-year-old traditional Indonesian wooden houses, taking reference from a Kampung, or traditional Indonesian home village.

“This somewhat eclectic collection of buildings will house the showroom, art gallery, workshop facilities, photographic studio, artists studio, and even a surfboard shaping bay. Connected by a wide veranda full of tables and chairs is the Deus Cafe, where eventually Canggu locals, pro surfers and artists will rub elbows with riders gassing up on caffeine whilst out on their Bali excursions. A melting pot of ideas and ideologies, a Warung (stall) of Knowledge.”

Honda CB 100
It’s a good location: Canggu is an area increasingly popular with expats, with the new Canggu Club nearby, and just up the road is a beautiful house owned by Deus founder Dare Jennings. I’m green with envy already.

Check out the Deus Bali blog for more images of this CB 100—plus Deus’ other equally charming builds.

Build sheet

Rebuilt Honda 1976 CB 100 Engine bored out to 180cc
88mm aftermarket piston
CDI added
All engine bolts swapped for stainless steel
4.5 inch chrome headlight from Japan
Deus custom headlight bracket
Smoked alloy indicator lights from Japan
Daytona speedo and bracket
Easyriders ‘Early Tail-light’ from Japan
Ventura “BSA Style” Handlebars
Kitaco handlebar controls
Clip-on mirror
Relocated ignition switch
Custom battery housing
Brown ‘British ribbed’-style grips
Front suspension from Yamaha 225, chopped 5cm
32cm ‘Old style’ Yamaha rear suspension
Alloy rims: 18” rear, 18” front, with stainless spokes
Swallow tires, 120/80 × 18 front and same for rear.
Custom galvanized Tank
Custom seat upholstery
Rear frame section modified to accept seat and shortened 3 inches
Hidden horn and rectifier/regulator
Front converted to ‘Flower disk brake’
Re-wiring of whole bike
Original rear hub swapped to Yamaha 225
Custom built Swing-arm made from steel tube

  • Duncan Domingue

    If this bike can do 60 mph, I’ll buy one and get it shipped from Bali! It’s perfect!


    That is all.

  • @maatmann

    Deus should make an export product of this bike! Awesome.

  • Lionel

    And I like that you can take a passenger for a ride on this humble beauty. (Well, it needs a couple of fenders, and a chain guard, though.)

  • Simplicity will always work … But it is the most difficult thing to achieve. Definitely, the Deus guys are the zen masters of bike building.

  • Anton

    F*ckin’ Deus!
    Thanks for making my day in front of a computer even harder!
    And now I want one of their surfboards too! Shiit!

  • DanBE

    Sorry to be the turd in the punch bowl but this bike really doesn’t appeal to me. Why not go out and buy a nice Yamaha DT1? It looks better and is a genuine classic instead of a classic wannabe. The DT1’s two stroke engine is simpler and will run rings around this Deus. And I’m sure you could get a pristine DT1 for 1/5th the price.

  • Your points are all correct, but the trouble is that your DT1 is the same as all the other DT1s out there.

    For every custom bike ever built, there’s a more functional and cheaper stock model to be had — but that’s not what this is all about.

  • alcology

    i have to finish my car projects so I can try something like this. this is the gump special, simple is as simple does.

  • Justin

    Having rode around south-east asia a fair bit this bike makes absolute sense for the conditions over there. Beautiful machine, I don’t think smaller displacment bikes get nearly enough attention either by builders or riders. The riding style is nimble and fun, this bike has the simplicity and appeal that I admire in a well thought out small bike. The work and talent that went into this build is obvious in the result, understated and clean, very hard to pull off in a bike that looks this good. For certain one of my favourites on Bikeexif, nothing radically new in design but everything perfectly fitted and balanced, a bike that can, and I am sure will, be ripped around the narrow jungle roads of Bali. Congrats on the great bike Deus and also on the Bali projects, great idea with the multi-use workshop grounds/temple. If you got room for another aritst in residence let me know.

  • Once again Deux manages to tick my box. Such a humble bike transformed to pure bliss.

  • Astroman

    i would like to know the price.. might cost as much as brand new GSXR1000.

    And i dont get the oh Genius etc.. Japanese been building bikes like this for almost 10 years now based on Van-Van TWs, Serows CBs…

  • Kristaps

    Excelent, brilliant bike, love it- should bring in 600 ccm engine!!!!

  • bees

    Well, first of all…i love deus and it’s one clean looking bike. Nothing against them, but … that’s about it really(for us locals) there’s nothing special.

    I don’t think their Bali builds(the CB100 “Inari”and Yamaha “Scorpio”) would appeal so much for us, since it just looks like any other custom bikes on the street. Basically because the CB100 is the most modified and customized motorcycle in Indonesia. As a native i would know, since i have a couple of them myself. i guess that’s why they target expats instead of locals…and that’s a fair game.
    Just a bit of info, looking at the specs, i’d guess that, the “Inari” will do around 100-120km/hour(if they do it right) which is around 80mph, cmiiw.
    one of my CB has a little higher specs upgraded to around 200cc, can do up to 140km/hour(my weight is 85kg).

  • Iain

    Really like that. Keep looking at my neighbours CB250 and wondering what could be done…

  • In case anyone’s wondering, the CB100 stock will do over 60mph no problem. I know this because I own a 1970 CB100, and have had mine just a tad over 70mph. It’s a real stretch to do 70, but 60 is no problem at all. I can even do it with a passenger.

  • PeteP

    So, the bobbed Rebel 250 was too small and slow, but this is just right?

    What’s wrong here?

  • mudplug

    I’d guess it’s because the Rebel is styled like a bigger bike, but isn’t one.
    Whereas the CB100 is so blatantly a small bike and never claims to be anything bigger, that people seem to be accepting it for what it is, rather than slating it’s lack of speed. Something that the Rebel probably deserved, but didn’t necessarily get.

    It could be about expectations.

    I’m intrigued at the variety of comments, e.g. Justin’s and bees’ viewpoints.
    I got the impression that the bike wouldn’t make sense to people outside of it’s Bali context; but it seems to have an even more complicated target audience than that.

    I like the proportions in the photos, but you can guarantee that they look even better in the metal – small bikes can look bigger in photos.

  • Chris

    I had one some time ago 30years ago and loved them then and now, I had 3 at 1 time and would chop and change them with kits from America , Yoshimura kits, put CR font ends on them had a ball, great motor coped a caning and still come back for more, love the look guys, go the little ones


  • Jason

    Wow! It looks great! How do we get this into the Sydney shop?

  • Scott

    Looks great. But with the rain and shitty road in Bali, I’d need to have fenders in mine. It’s hard to be cool when you have a stripe of mud up the center if your body.