There’s a freewheeling spirit about the Southern California motorcycle scene that I find strangely compelling. And these shots of a classic Honda CB360 capture that vibe perfectly. They were taken by Scott Toepfer, who you may know for the lovely project It’s Better In The Wind.
“Just to point out,” says Scott by way of explanation, “this Honda CB360 isn’t a shop creation. It’s from my friend Curtis, who wields an angle grinder with ease, but doesn’t bother covering his ears, or anything else in the garage while he is working. This CB360 was bought for $500 on the back of a truck, and ‘built’ in a garage with the bare essentials remaining … an every joe sort of machine, stripped down, customized with a grinder. We don’t have winters where we are locked in the garage polishing every last bit of aluminum before spring hits, so as long as it runs, it gets ridden.”
It’s rough around the edges, and will never be a trailer queen or photographed in the studio. But it’s a bike that captures the simple fun of motorcycling.