Honda CB250 custom

Honda CB250 custom: Much Much Go
I spent most of last Saturday at Australia’s top custom shop, Deus Ex Machina, as one of the judges of the inaugural “Boundless Enthusiasm Bike Build-Off.” There were over thirty bikes in the yard, with chrome and paintwork glinting under the unseasonably hot sun. Before the judging officially started, I wandered around incognito and checked out the bikes. Four machines immediately jumped out at me, and of those four, just one appeared to meet the primary judging criteria: “Making the most with the least”. That bike was Much Much Go, built by industrial designer Nick Eterovic. And by the end of the day, Nick had won not only the First Prize, but also the People’s Choice award.

Honda CB250 custom: Much Much Go
“When the call-out for the competition came, I found out a little late,” said Nick after the show. “But a friend offered me a 1979 Honda CB250T to work with. It was basically a frame and wheels (and a few cobwebs). I had 55 days to build it, but my vision for the bike didn’t take long to form. I’d had a few ideas floating around for a long time—I wanted it to be a nod to Japanese customization, but at the same time, I didn’t want it to be like any bike I’d seen before.”

Honda CB250 custom: Much Much Go
Nick chopped the back of the frame off and mounted shorter suspension struts to drop the bike about 175mm (six inches) at the rear. “This naturally rotated the frame and raked out the front end, but it wasn’t enough, I wanted a more balanced look with the motor sitting equally between the wheels. To achieve this I cut a wedge out from the neck and raked the forks out further.” Nick reshaped the dented tank, mounted the bars under the top bridge, set the footpegs back to the pillion position, and made his own brake and gear linkages.

Honda CB250 custom: Much Much Go
It was the exhaust that immediately caught my eye when I first saw Much Much Go. “I wanted the exhaust and intake to sit high, with all the tubing gathered in and around the motor in one continuous form,” said Nick. “So I bought some straight lengths and three 180 degree bends … It’s standard automotive exhaust tubing painted with 3M white aerosol exhaust paint.”

Honda CB250 custom
In being true to the Deus brief of “making the most with the least”, the only money Nick spent went on carburetors (stock), a chain, throttle, clutch lever, suspension, battery, exhaust tubing and paint. That came to AU$735 in total. “The rest was time, hard work and plenty of late nights. Luckily I had lots of good advice and a helping hand when I needed it.” Nick took home a full toolset from sponsors Snap-On, and a pair of Vitesse Moto boots are on their way to him as well. Good work, fella.

Honda CB250 custom: Much Much Go

  • GB400TT

    Well, now this is very interesting! It seems that scrambler style high pipes are making a comeback; not only on bobbers, but cafe’s too. I really like the 180 bends with that nice sweeping line, and the white is a nice contrast. Interesting straight pipes at the back…love it and really want to hear it! Can’t believe this is a 79 CB250T….crazy. Normally hate the look of the original…haha.

  • garu

    Great story and solid ingenuity. Kudos Nick!

  • Bald Shaun

    Much much go, but not much much stop. And that exhaust? Beside roasting your ass and pissing off your neighbors, it really has to sap power. Sacrificing grunt for poser points is lame.

    OK, I admit, as a design exercise, this thing really is gorgeous. But as a motorcycle? meh.

  • econobiker

    Such beauty and customization.

    And not from some $70,000 Harley or Harley clone…

  • http://vx800-restoration.blogspot.com Stephen F.

    I love the lines of this bike and the total overall feel of it, but I’m going to chime in on the obvious negatives. I’ve had a bike with great lines in my garage for a long time, but it’s not complete, it wasn’t rideable, aka it wasn’t finished, so it wasn’t worth showing the world. That’s what I’m seeing here. Put a headlight, front brake, gauges, brake light, signals and everything else need to be a useful machine on this thing so that it’s finished! If they can complete that while keeping the beautiful simplicity of the bike, then cheers for a great build. Until then, it’s just another partially finished project motorcycle, which there are thousands of. Seems like these days you can roll up any old rolling chassis to a competition and win it. Wow.
    Oh, and white exhaust pipes are just stupid ugly and a absolute no-no in my book.

  • Harry Farquhar

    Much much stop now that’s funny you should take that act on the road no really you should and meh is funny sheep sound too.

  • el vencejo

    I like minimal bikes, but brakes are essential. Agree with Bald Shaun generally, bikes are for riding.

    But it is interesting to see a basic old nail as a “custom” job, rather than starting with an expensive useable machine and making it unuseable.

    As far as legality goes, bikes without lights and indicators can be road legal for daytime use in the UK.

  • mule

    Two things, I really, really like on this bike. The way he lowered the bars is extremely innovative. Bonus points!!! I can’t stand upsidedown handlebars and he’s lowered the bars in a correct position. That’s an awesome solution.

    The other thing is the Ccomstar wheels, which althogh never used on customs are to me, good looking. No back half on the bike is yet again the “Unfinished project” style, point deduction :-), but overall, pretty cool.!

  • Mike

    This is a really engaging bike, for a lot of reasons. I really like the originality that Nick showed; I’ve never seen someone cut and rotate the frame, and then work from the increased rake like that. I also find the way he “gathered” the exhaust up, and then mirrored the intakes on it, pretty frickin’ awesome, and highly original. It actually (and oddly) brings to mind a sort of analog version of the MV F4′s exhaust. The low, lean overall aesthetic of the bike really appeals to me.
    The white pipes do strike me as a little odd, but I can see why you did that; to draw attention to one of the most interesting design points of the bike, which it accomplishes handily…
    For 55 days and $735 this is an amazing bike. The fact that it’s not street-legal, and it’s not exactly what others might have done is fairly irrelevant, since it’s NOT THEIR PROJECT! The nit-picking these people do is so asinine.
    Anyways, nice job and congratulations Nick.

  • Adam Doyle

    Well done Nick, a triumph of talent over cash, less over more and results over sleep. Negative comments should be channeled into an entry for next year’s build off.

  • Brad

    Much Much like … I just hope there are filters in those white pipes attached to the carbs or it’ll be much much no go.

  • Septic the Sceptic

    Some of you guys are missing to point. The ehtos of the competition was build the “most with the least” and it had to run. Chuck on some air filters and Much Much Go would be ready for the salt.

  • Septic the Sceptic

    The greatest part about this competiton, is that bikes like this would never normally get built here. Getting a custom bike legal costs a motza, many times more than this bike cost overall. As a consequence, low buck customs are not built, only billet HD clones.

  • db

    I don’t believe that ‘would pass rego in NSW’ was one of the criteria of the competition so any complaints along those lines are moot.

    Looks pretty cool. Nice work. I especially like the handlebar set up. Definitely some food for thought.

  • KIK

    ARE UNFINISHED BIKES IN STYLE?…if so i have a few masterpieces …

  • tb

    funny, I was just on Dues’ site looking at the photos from last weekend…..

  • kevin

    wow this very well done ..nice job

  • KIK

    curious, wont the lack of a cross member on the rear subframe , by the rear shocks,make it wobble on the turns? i once saw that on a kawasaki with the same frame design. flexing of the frame…??

  • Scott Brough

    This bike reminds me of an old girlfriend of mine in college: small, fast looking and noisy. My favorite part of this bike is the front fender. I think the only thing missing is a matching rear fender.

  • http://fortune2.com frederick

    i’m a fan of repurposing familiar elements in unfamiliar ways. thumbs up.

  • Lew

    Dangerous and pointless.

    Please put the tank, seat and wheels on to an actual well restored CB250N, then you’d have something.

  • Dave

    It is a beautiful bike, but i dont like how the intakes are perfectly aligned so that they catch all the crap that gets flung up by the wheels.

    I know its nitpicking, but im a practical man… and it bugs me.

    That said, It won the comp, so good on him. :D wouldve killed to take home that tool set.

  • RobL

    I do like this bike. While some may say it’s not “finished” or “not really ride-able”, I think it’s as close to a real bike as any manufacturer’s show/concept vehicles… which means a couple little changes and it’s there.

    The white exhaust and intake pipes are choice, very in keeping with the Japanese custom style. It’s this bike’s relief color, complement to the dark burgundy and cream/tan. As for the heat, no problem; those exhaust pipes are further away from the rider’s legs than they look. The only practical concern is exhaust fumes when the bike is stopped.

    If I were to overstep my bounds as a fan of this bike and suggest what could really be done to “finish” it (for those needing every bike to be practical), I’d re-integrate the two intake and two exhaust pipes visually with mirrored-size mini foam cone filters and the small SuperTrapp silencer tips (as we saw on the Wonder Customs Rev-2 (http://www.bikeexif.com/custom-v-rod). Filtration and attenuation, stylish and matched.

    This bike is a perfect candidate for a ZTL-style Wilwood “stealth” brake system ( http://www.wilwood.com/Images/Caliper/Caliper_Photos-Large/Stealth_Motorcycle_Caliper-lg.jpg ) and a sprotor rear brake. Those would keep the wheels uncluttered.

    Lighting would be easy enough; two small 3″ high output round lamps mounted inboard within the fork, below those awesome handlebars. Might look a bit “Confederate light”, but that’s just too bad. A stealth LED bar under the seat would be better than some faux-retro trailer taillight.

    Fenders? Bah. Fenders are for those afraid to get a little wet.

    A little bar end mirror and LED bolt-head signals finish it off. There, now it’s fully-functional and cluttering is minimal.

  • Adam Doyle

    What’s pointless is the constant negativity. Really uncalled for.

  • Anti

    All these negative comments suck. Jealousy.

    This bike looks totally inspiring and cool. I don’t have to ride it or own it. I just love how it looks and that it has been created.

    I love these bike on bikeexif, I don’t really care about comfort or any of that practical stuff, just the feeling of riding a sub zero cool beast.

  • el vencejo

    @Anti: “I don’t really care about comfort or any of that practical stuff, just the feeling of riding a sub zero cool beast.”

    This strongly suggests that you don’t actually ride a bike….

  • Anti

    I have a 999R.

  • mack-o-matik

    ouh, there’s much likeable to me on this project: beautiful color, cool tank design (comicart – very yess!), many details full of originality (like the negative handlebar). In matter of design, that bike’ll do it! But finally, I kinda agree with KIK – not finished at all.

  • Rosario

    Great art bike. Bad road bike. I would like to see the gas flow readings on a dyno with those exhausts finishing behind the carb stacks.

  • http://www.expert3d.com.au Mike

    At last,,, A bike that looks good with Honda’s Comstar wheels! I didn’t think it was possible.

  • http://www.bikeexif.com Chris

    Gents, there’s a whole new bunch of shots of this bike, with new angles and closer details, now up on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/BikeEXIF

  • Lew

    But why is this a bad bike? How can us naysayers be so rude?

    -Pipes are white. If you rode the bike anywhere they wouldn’t be for long, in fact motorcycle pipes get extremely hot and the pipes will look yellow/brown/black/cream and bits of your pants/leg skin and dead bugs will be covering them within 10 miles even if they are very well powder coated. Plus you’ll go deaf, and pipes won’t even sound good and annoy the hell out of people within the nearest 2 miles.
    -Bike has no brakes, so it can’t stop which means it would kill you if you rode it.
    -Frame has a missing cross-members meaning bike will collapse killing you or wobble hideously going around the first corner you came to.
    -Carbs have no air filters, which means that every 100 miles or so you would have to dismantle the carbs to clean them. Hey but it looks fashionable. Actually I reckon some clip-on K&N type filters would be better actually.

    However, I love the tank, like the seat and like the wheels.

    Sorry IMO I don’t think a bike that cannot be ridden is actually a bike, it is a collection of assembled parts, call it ‘art’ if you like, it just ain’t a bike.

  • Adam Doyle

    The ‘function’ of this bike is to look impressive (tick), idle (tick), and win competition (tick). That is the extent of the requirements and Nick nailed it. Let’s not forget about 55 day time frame and $735 build cost. Criticising this bike for how the engine ‘may’ not run perfectly is like criticising a supermodel for not having a law degree. Can we not just celebrate this bike for what it is, and not knock it for what it is clearly not?

  • ac

    wow.
    Lots of crits for this one.
    I knew that as soon as I saw it had no front brake.

    I love the handle bars….wish I had thought of that and like @mule said – innovative. I concur, upside down bars are not my cup of tea.

    The pipe/air intake combo of white pipe is also a nice touch, the symmetry between the four pipes is great. Performance? it has no front brake, and how many dummies with jap crotch rockets throw on noisy pipes and don’t re-jet? I’m not going to sweat the lack of power.

    Like the seat and tank…
    flexy frame? likely.

    small LED head light and turn signals, frame brace, some sort of a front brake…
    I’d ride it.

  • Brad

    @Lew “Sorry IMO I don’t think a bike that cannot be ridden is actually a bike, it is a collection of assembled parts, call it ‘art’ if you like, it just ain’t a bike.”

    I couldn’t agree with you more!

  • Mule

    Easy solution to all those “Mean” people that think it’s not safe, ridable or comfortable. At next year’s competition, Deus makes it a design requirement that the bikes be ridable in traffic and inspectable by the local constabulary. Or at least at some minimum level of street legal-ness.

    Then it won’t be an “Art Show”.

  • Mule

    Or……maybe this is intended to be a competition bike with rear tire rubber/dirt direct injection.

  • Dave in Kalifornia

    Wow. 90% of you are missing the point entirely. GREAT build. Serves it’s purpose. All of the critics on here- You have 55 days to come up with something- *ANYTHING* -even remotely as well-put together as this. Cap the cash-outlay @ $1000 USD. Post to Chris… I’m sure he’d be more than happy to share with his readers.

    Armchair motorcyclists, the lot of you.

    As for myself; I’m DONE with reading comments on this site. I’ll be happy to just read the articles and enjoy the pics from now on. Thanks, Chris for doing what you do. And THANK YOU Nick, for sharing your style and skills with unappreciative wankers.

  • http://knsweb.net kumo

    I don’t get it. The bike has potential and I like some details, but…

    I know bikes and cans are different (in so many ways, legally also) but, when you tune/mod/transform a car, you don’t remove headlamps, indicators, speedo/tacho, mufflers, front brakes, horns, etc… Classic Hot rods have them. Hell, even first cars in the market has most of those stuff.

    So, why when some people built a bike, by puting together a frame, a engine and a seat and then call it motorcycle? A bare racing bike has more parts.

    Looks like if some people would watched Captain America’s bike on Easy Rider and though they also could built bikes without, not only front brake, even wihout brakes at all!

    A non functional “wasted parts” bike is only good to be hang in some “oldies” cafe with some scooters and Harleys parked at the door and the owners inside drinking lattes while websurfing in their macbooks…

  • Septic the Sceptic

    Poor old Mule. Clearly he doesn’t understand the requirements for rego in Oz. Not even his bikes would be legal here.

  • Mule

    I’ve owned a couple of these and they were pretty fun bikes (as a 400-450cc) and although we don’t get any shots of the right side of the bike, it has a drum built into the wheel on the right side. So I would say it most likely has at least one brake.

  • Adam Doyle

    Do you guys get all worked up like this at a motor show when you see a concept car that looks great but is not functional? Do you go up to the people staffing the stand and voice all of your concerns publicly? Of course you don’t, everybody understands the purpose of the concept car, that it will never look like that in production, that it is to generate interest, stretch the imagination and that you would look like a real fool publicly criticising what is so clearly not intended to be a roadworthy production vehicle. Is this really such a difficult thing to understand? Sure most of your comments are technically valid, but they need to be weighted up against the intent of the bike. Need not be so close minded – builds like this are an opportunity to experiment in a regulatory vacuum.

  • rocky0

    always a lot of critics giving their two cents, o.k. if your too old/too soft/too scared,to ride a bike without a fender/front brake/seat padding etc.it doesn’t mean every body is too lame to ride some of these spartan style bikes.just man up and it will be no problem.if you want to live forever just stay home.

  • Jack

    As so many have already eloquently said, there was no stipulation in the Deus bike build-off brief that this bike had to be registrable in Australia or be the fastest/smoothest/safest ride ever. It was simply “make the most with the least”. This bike was built 100% for this competition – from a heap of cobweb and dirt covered junk to the beautifully designed and executed bike shown here. In 55 days (or less if you count a full-time job into the equation) for $735!

    Any negative comments about the bike’s legality, ease of ride etc are null and void in this instance. This bike wasn’t built to cruise around on weekends (sure, it may still become this after the 55 day competition build, but that was not int initial intent). It was built to showcase the ideas of the builder and to be a worthy competitor in the competition. That it did, and did it well!

    This competition was open to anyone and there was a huge range of bikes. One of the best moments and laughs of the day was the fantastic ‘Casey Stoner Storage Solution’ (an Ikea Expedit bookcase-based mini-bike) riding off down the street. Or the glorious ‘Illabunda Thunda’ made from an old diesel water pump. Now tell me they aren’t fun! Something tells me they’re not the smoothest/safest/most legal rider ever either. But damn, they were in the spirit of the competition.

    Well done to Deus for holding a competition that allows any kind of bike, design and ideas to be showcased. Keep it open and keep the ideas coming!

    Look at all the entrants here: http://www.deus.com.au/gallery/deus-bbo-2010-entrants/

    Bravo, Nick! What a beautiful bike this is.

  • Lew

    I still don’t get what drug you ‘super positive’ people are on. If the pipes were powder coated black or were just stainless, went under the bike as they are supposed to joined up and ended in a Supertrapp under the seat or some such, that would be ‘bike art’. If there was a modified frame with a mono-shock that would be an inspirational build by a genius engineer.

  • Adam Doyle

    I feel sorry for you Lew. You are locked into what something “should” be, not what it “could” be.

  • Adam Doyle

    Lew, you just desribed any current production bike. No inspiration there.

  • http://www.gt3design.com Greg Faherty

    ‘This reminds me of an old college girlfriend; small, fast looking and noisy’ was funny as shit. I like the bike, rideable or not.

  • Aaron Burke

    I saw the competition last Saturday. Of the bikes entered this was in the judges opinion (and most people’s there including mine) the best bike entered into competition. It meet all the required criteria and did it the best overall.

    All credit to the builder in creating this bike for that budget and short build time. If allowed longer I am sure that more functional items would be incorporated. It was a show on the most about ideas and enthusiasm, and he nailed it.

    Also credit to 2nd & 3rd place. The Mini Cafe was a bike i would have loved to run around the Sydney streets that day.

    Deus have a great idea with this show, though they need to be careful of the guys running bikes up & down the street as happened a few times. Was fun to see, but we know how coppers hate fun….

    And hope to see heaps more bikes if they run the comp again, would be good if they change the rules a bit so people need limited time to create the bikes.

  • kik

    Maybe someone will use all those nice parts and build a motorcycle with them…

  • Lew

    Adam, I feel sorry for you too. White can sprayed shortened straight through pipes run in the wrong place are not innovative. They just don’t work, period. If you actually switch the engine on for any length of time they will catch fire and change color. I have run pipes on this actual bike. The pipes shouldn’t and can’t go there, they will burn holes in your legs, it hurts when bits of skin get stuck to exhaust pipes, try it some time.

  • Adam Doyle

    Lew, I have no doubt that all of the concerns you have raised are true and I appreciate the fact you are a professional bike builder. My point is you seem to be blindly judging this bike without taking into account the nature of the competition (or builder’s intent). I understand that as a professional bike builder it may seem pointless to build a bike that is just for show, but that is what this bike is. Nobody will risk injuring themselves on this bike. The engine will never be run enough to discolour the paint. It will never get enough forward momentum to need a front brake. It would just be refreshing for you professional guys / purists to lighten up, see bikes like this for what they are, allow us to celebrate something a little different and move on.

  • KIK

    so we are to judge a book by it’s cover? what about it’s content and purpose? why can’t they put all this work and “attention to detail” into a functional motorcycle? and these are not prototypes so dont even go there..

  • RobL

    A few points for what it’s worth:

    1) High-temp ceramic exhaust paint in white does exist, have seen it, and it stays pretty much white.

    2) Need to see a rider on the bike to determine actual proximity of exhaust pipe to leg. While the rider may not want to stand and hold the bike up with his thighs, there’s a decent chance his legs will clear it when riding. A couple inches is all you need to avoid the heat, I have a bike with a similar configuration.

    3) For all of the really interesting bikes in the Deus event, this one is at the near end of practicality compared to some others… we haven’t seen a motorized bookshelfcycle on BikeEXIF, have we?

    Would be interesting if BikeEXIF’s comments section could have a registration requirement that shows “have built a bike” versus “haven’t built a bike” next to a comment author’s name.

  • mule

    If the “Rules” and intent were included in the bikes description, much confusion would have been eliminated.

    @Dave in Kalifornia, We’re all missing the point? Maybe that’s a problem when nobody gets the point.

    @Adam Doyle, Concept cars at a car show are primarily to showcase body lines and sometimes have blacked out windows and don’t even have a steering wheel. Their purpose is generally fairly clear. At a bike show, and on bikes in general, all the componets are visible and their inclusion or exclusion instantly come under scutiny..

    @rockyo, Huh? criticizing a bike means you’re not a man? Once again, stripping a bike of basic control features doesn’t make it more manly. Burns, crashes, head injuries, crushed fingers or being maimed doesn’t equate to manly motorcycling. I don’t want to live forever, but I would like to continue riding for a really long time with a minimum of hospital visits or at the least, less than I’ve had in the past!

    You should build a bike where the radiator or the muffler is the actual seat you sit on. That would be a good “Man up” test for you. Suck it up and stay seated Bro!

  • Lew

    Adam, I am no way a professional bike builder, and have no desire to be. I sometimes modify bikes that use this highly dated (70′s) engine and chassis design. Usually I pay other people to modify this kind of motorcycle for me!

    The tank and seat on this build are a genuine work of art, PERIOD, I will never disagree with anyone on these points, I would be deeply proud if I were even able to even pay anyone to do work like this, they are fantastic.

    Call me a heathen, or whatever, but for me personally speaking, a bike that cannot be ridden is NOT a bike, but merely a collection of assembled parts. I react an a dismayed way to motorcycles that cannot be ridden, as I consider the worthwhile parts to be a waste, and also suspect the people who have built them may be snubbing those who cannot afford to buy them as they probably have ‘better’ bikes in their garages.

    I have EVERY respect for you in your opinion that this CB250 is worthy of being called a motorcycle, I cannot agree, in this case. However I I remain resolute with what I consider a good bike whether it be different from yours or not. I merely consider myself to be an honest rider, I will always object to bikes that I consider ‘un-ride-able’.

    Honestly to you and those others who think this bike is genuinely worthy, please take at look at the next bike the “GL 1000 Gold Wing’ the next bike here, really is there less work being done here? Surely you can see the love for detail and also the desire to be practical and ride-able?

  • RobL

    Lew, if you’re going to get into semantics, then go all the way… a good solid percentage of the bikes in the major motorcycle museums are therefore no longer NOT bikes, according to you, because they cannot be ridden. Some of them simply shouldn’t be ridden because of the dangerous technology of the day… yet that doesn’t take away from their intrinsic nature as “motorcycle”.

    If you want to be even more ridiculous, how many everyday street-ridden sportbikes, cruisers, etc., with non-existent turn signals, headlights, no front brake, etc are there? Lots, I would think It would be quite a surprise when those people get told “Lew says you’re not riding a motorcycle”.

    Buddy, it’s a motorcycle. Not your ideal cruise-to-Starbucks dealership gem, but a work of art, testament to the builder, and enough of a real motorcycle to be in this event. Taking it to task as “not a motorcycle” is an insult to a guy that put more skill into building a bike in 55 days than most people put out in their entire boring lifetimes.

    Momma always said, “Y’ain’t got nuthin’ good to say, then shaddup. And pass the vodka.”

    This exchange reminds me of a quote from one of the best movies of our time:

    The Big Lebowski: “Is it being prepared to do the right thing, whatever the cost? Isn’t that what makes a man?”

    The Dude: “Sure, that and a pair of testicles.”

  • Adam Doyle

    Some parting comments:

    Let’s agree to disagree and lets call it what we want – a motorcycle, an art bike, a design exercise a collection of assembled parts. This bike is bubble gum for the brain – it has sparked something in just about everybody. Elements of this bike will filter though to other bikes in the future. This bike has set a high standard for future Deus build offs. Given the intent of the competition, this bike is a deserving winner.

  • http://candyrocket.blogspot.com/ Nick

    A note from the builder: All the above comments are valid as I cannot deny the readership the opportunity to perceive this bike differently in the same way that all entrants perceived the competition brief differently. And depending on how you prioritise your concerns will influence how you judge the outcomes.

    I am a practical man, with a practical job, who took great pleasure in finding such an open-ended build opportunity in the Deus brief. After reading, and re-reading the entry form to make sure there was no mention of road legality I jumped at the chance to make this bike a liberating exercise in purity and form. In fact, the more work I put into it the more pleasure I took from knowing that the focus of my energy was more about the process of the build than about the bike itself.

    What I did take seriously was the competition mantra of “make the most with the least” and the impact that this would make on the budget. I made what I could and bought what I had to but I focused on working with what I had – a 1979 CB250T parts bike that had already been striped to within a inch of its life.

    This motorcycle, which was destined for the scrap bin, has been given a new lease of life, and I do consider it finished! It was built for a purpose which it fulfilled, I am proud to say. And, I am also happy that so many people have been so engaged in discussion about the bike.

    much thanks
    Nick

  • http://www.hareruyamart.com/ charlie

    oh very nice!

  • rocky0

    @mule,(a fender,seat padding, a front brake) basic control features? I guess one out of three ain’t bad.it looks like someone needs a refresher in riders training and control features.I know,I know,next you will call me out on how long I’ve been riding.FAIL!

  • Mattro

    beautiful bike!

    the guys i know who build show bikes add and remove parts as necessary per the rules of the various competitions, so i don’t see this as necessarily being an impractical bike — just one that’s adhering to the rules of a competition which don’t find road practicality to be a necessary metric.

    really, really, really like it. true innovation and novelty are harder and harder to come by as the web facilitates so much cross-pollination of ideas. this build is definitely deserving of praise for achieving those two things and standing out proudly from the crowd.

  • db

    Looking at the rest of the entrants I can see how this bike best met the criteria of the competition. Nice work Nick.

  • Chris

    Nick, you know its good when people put it down, and it is good, very good. Ride-able, not ride-able, registrable, not registrable who cares! it looks sweet and im sure it would pull chicks and isn’t that the only reason we ride bikes…for the chicks…

    I’m sure the mastermind behind Deus is loving all this free publicity. ill be there next year, probably wont win (cos some smartarse with talent will build something like this) but ill have a ball building my entry and riding it up from Melbourne. Im sure Deus will accept entries from the know-it-alls! ;)

  • Adam Doyle

    Some build pics (and more) can be found here:
    http://candyrocket.blogspot.com/2010/12/much-much-build.html

  • keith emerson

    The guy is a indusrial designer they are just there to make stuff that catches the eye enginers then find out how to make it work

  • Adam Doyle

    ahhh Keith, as an Industrial Designer I wish what you said was true, but it’s not.

  • Kevin McHugh

    Hey Keith, With over 20 years in the design industry, I can tell you that what you said was way off! Unless you went to some crap design school, in the real world Industrial Designers are just that, and the engineers take the concept and refine it for production and cost limitations – it is a hand in hand process. Oh, and this bike may not be my favorite here (who can choose?) but it is damn tight. What have you built?

  • Mule

    @Chris, “The only reason we ride bikes is for the chicks!” Huh?

  • KIK

    lol, for the chicks? and were would they sit on this bike ? at least give em a rear fender to put their soft parts..

  • KIK

    bottom line is that this bike has a lot of attention to detail on parts, but the overall design did not, just imagine this bike running over a single puddle and you will feed the carbs with water , the shorter exhaust next to the carb will feed the carbs hot air causing the engine to run hotter,the lack of a frame brace in the rear will make it unstable in turns. maybe our friend should stick to making parts, and not bikes.

  • chris

    @mule, chicks = females. they dont come with, they prepare the beer for when you get home… tongue firmly in cheek.

  • http://brads75shovelheadrebuild.blogspot.com/ Jason

    Very cool. I think the haters just haven’t got a clue. No, this bike wasn’t built to be ridden, it was built for show. But it wouldn’t take much to get it road-worthy.

    I was just given a ’79 CM400T that’s completely stock, and almost completely ugly in that Japanese “We’re-trying-to-build-a-cruiser-cut-can’t-quite-get-it-right” kind of way…

    When I’m done with my Shovelhead chopper build, I think I’ll turn my CM into a bike very similar to this one.

  • Lamb

    I think it’s a good start to a bike but there were a few other bikes I would have voted for over this. It’s a great vision but it’s incomplete, I’d like to see a cross brace between the rear shock mounts. I don’t want to sound like a hater but I would have liked to have seen a “street driven” bike win

  • Hiram Marr

    Some of you blokes need to take a walk outside and then come back in and read your comments. Nothing is going to change! The best bike won and the rest made for a great day for Deus. I had so much interest in the Ducati Diesel it was incredible. If we all just built bikes to be like the ones that Deus build then there wouldn’t be much point in holding a competition. I can assure you there won’t be a rush of diesels at next years show but I bet there will be some really cool cafe racers. I can also pretty safely say there won’t be enough room to fit them all in. Keep your heads up, ride safely and be around to see what comes up next.

  • Rocker

    Hi all :)
    First off, I congratulated Nick for his win on the day, and would do so again. As one of the comp entrants, I will be first to admit that the guy best suited to win, won. Nick even got my vote for “peoples choice”. As Hiram said so elloquently above, the comp has been and gone and who won, won… period! It will do us no good to go round in circles on this. Those who won places did so based on their merits and by meeting the ‘judging criteria’. Having said that, I just want to point out that I built my bike in 28 days straight, completely rewelding 80% of the frame, rebuilding the motor and carb, and rewiring half the electrics in a hotel room the night before.. (and I had to learn to weld in that 21 days too.. since I’m not really an anything). My total expenditure was only around the $600 mark (which includes the cost of what the bike owed me). It had lights, brakes, filters, fenders and actually rode and stopped… but even a $10k+ magazine bike got a mention on the day.
    From all this, I can only deduct one thing… those who deserved to win, won. Not neccessarily on real-world functionality, but on design principle. I tried so hard, with little sleep and even less skills, to build the most I could with the least.. (and it was pretty “least” because I’m broke)… but in the end, I did not place. The simple lesson I extracted from this event was being better enlightened as to what others are building. I will be back next year, and I will be bringing the noise ;) There is “much much” time for me to learn a lot more, like TIG welding and sheet metal, and I now have a better idea of what the judges are looking for. My mission is not to beat Nick, nor is it to win. It’s simply to make a start in the bike building sector and create beautiful cafe` inspired sleds.. and by just being in this event I have successfully made a start. For this reason, I also won in a way. Honestly, Nick won the prize. He deserved to win. The bike is SOOO beautiful to behold and I give him my grace openly.. but he better watch out next year :p
    Keep the shiny side up guys and let’s move on ;)

  • Rocker

    Would also just like to say, that it was a privelledge.. and honour even, just to be included in the official first Deus build-off. This reason, and “to see if I could do it” were my sole reasons for entering. It was a blast and I can’t hardly wait for next year!

  • RobL

    Rocker, you win for good sportsmanship.

    Which was your bike? Like to a pic?

  • RobL

    Rocker, you win for good sportsmanship.

    Which was your bike? Link to a pic?

  • Rocker

    Hi Rob, cheers mate. Well, I’m hesitant to say… but I will give you a clue. It has a unique paint job and lots of handmade bits.. and it’s usually considered the “ugly duckling” of it’s family ;)

  • Jason

    A Sportster?

  • Rocker

    LOL, nah.. couldn’t buy one of them and do it up for $600… (although it would be nice!) Mine was the blue single… but I guess in retrospect, it’s pretty rubbish by comparison.. will do much better job next year.

  • http://www.vulcandezign.co.uk jo white

    This bike is pure sex and all the critters should shut up and not let their jealousy get the better of them, its way to easy to criticise someone elses work and people who do have probably never even attempted any engineering masterpiece

  • RobL

    @Rocker: this one is yours?

    http://www.deus.com.au/gallery/assets/Uploads/STEVE.jpg

    Wouldn’t be out of place on BikeEXIF. Very interesting!

  • Rocker

    @RobL… hahaha.. yeah.. Ok, you got me.. that’s the lil bastard :)
    Cheers mate, I appreciate the compliment.. I can only hope that one day I will indeed build a bike worthy of gracing the highly coveted blogness of the beast known as BikeEXIF… One day.. who knows…? Maybe next years Deus build-off?
    Appreciate the sentiments Rob. Stay upright mate ;)

  • Daren

    I have to say you’ve inspired me to start working on my 1983 CM450E.. Essentially the same exact bike, but with spoke wheels, drum brakes and a larger engine.. ;)
    So I plan to make it look pretty damn similar to this one, but I think I’ll take a few words of advice and go with the flapping noise reducers because they look cool and I’ll probably slap a hugger style rear fender..

  • Motoflyboy

    you weirdos need to pull your heads in. the competition rules were to make something that could start and move under it’s own power, using as little money as possible. Doesn’t need brakes, lights, rego or common snese to achieve that goal…GET SOME CONTEXT!