Honda CL360 custom

Honda CL360
Guy Bolton of Greasy Kulture magazine has just sent in this show-stopping Honda custom, which started life as a 1974 CL360. Builder Aaron Elliott bought it as a ‘shitbox’ from his local classifieds for $100. He’s primarily a car guy, and has worked with Cole Foster at the world-renowned US custom shop Salinas Boys for over a decade. But he couldn’t resist this cheap two-wheeled project, which he thought ‘might have potential’.

Honda CL360
Those high pipes are recognisably from a CL360, albeit massaged and reshaped. But the engine is a kick-only CJ360 variant, which was mysteriously swapped for the original. The motor was left stock, but was polished … and then polished some more. “Pretty much the rest of the bike is handmade,” says Guy. “The frame was built by Aaron around the engine, and he hand-formed the seat/fender section—as well as the front fork ‘number plate’—out of aluminum.” The tank (painted by the legendary Bill Carter) and internal control bars were also hand-fabricated. The forks are off a Yamaha, (“I can’t remember which model” says Aaron) but have been painstakingly de-cluttered, with the removal of pinch bolts and anything else that detracted from the super-smooth lines.

Honda CL360
The amount of fabrication on this bike is amazing, and its simple lines belie the hours that have gone into its creation. Yes, the bike is tiny, but you know what they say about small packages … [Thanks to Guy Bolton. Order your copy of Greasy Kulture here. Images by Mark Kawakami.]

Honda CL360
Honda CL360

  • Ken

    Normally I don’t like red but I love this paint choice! Looks like something begging to be driven on a wall of death!

  • iRivas

    If you have a big arse, that seat just isn’t going to work! Nice bike though.

  • Ranj

    Holy shitbox! this bike is awesome. Beautiful paint and love the seat/fender.

  • Dave Enfield

    What a little beauty , the best ” not a huge heapachrome ” . 10/10 .

  • elven

    Sad. Another bike just to park in a shop window.

    • Ken

      Nah, this would be hung on a wall in your garage so you could just stare at it. Then, when the mood strikes, you take it for a quick trip on a warm sunny day. Then you put it back on the wall, open a beer and smile!

      • elven

        With no suspension, no lights, rubbish old tyres. Where would you ride it? Where could you ride it legally?

        • bloibl

          its a good thing “hot rodding” and customizing in general wasn’t left in your hands, we’d all be walking because everything else is just too dangerous or unfit for the street. heres a thought, little kids and lots of adults ride rigid bicyles with crappy tires all over the place and they don’t even die 99.9% of the time. i think you should stay indoors and leave everywhere else for the rest of us to have fun in.

          Ps. i would ride that bike everywhere anytime.

          • LDNRMR

            You’re comparing a bicycle to a motorcycle in terms of safety? wow.

          • elven

            Sorry, Byron, you just sound like another adolescent dreamer. I build my own bikes to ride fast on mountain roads. There is no point whatsoever to any bike without front suspension. Look at it, it probably doesn’t even have springs fitted.
            Again: Where in the world could this be ridden legally?? Waste of good aluminium!

          • elven

            “Ps. i would ride that bike everywhere anytime. ”

            No cops or traffic laws where you live’

        • Ken

          You’ve never rode anything illegal before??? I was riding street legal motorcycles in the third grade. Mind you, I lived in a small town… But even when I lived in a major city, I rode my quad down the sidestreets. Nothing crazy where somone is going to get killed, but a joyride none the less! Impractical things are fun for short distances! Skydiving for fun isn’t practical, but is crazy fun!!!

          • Ken

            I do have to admit, that when I was riding as a kid, it was on a plated 50cc Suzuki enduro while riding with my dad on his Yamaha 100cc Enduro. It wasn’t legal, but it was as safe as if we were trail riding and he was teaching me how to ride.

            I have to say that I may not agree with what you (elven) are saying about show bikes, but you have a right to your opinion and I can and do respect that. This bike in question has to be another bike for a guy who has a pretty complete bike stable. Also, I do like show bikes in the respect that they are created as a form of art and they allow us to dream. And that I like.

          • elven

            I ride things that are as minimal as I can get away with. The wheels, tyres, bars, exhausts do not pass the annual inspection… I have to swap things over for a day every year. I ride rough and ragged, like to smoke herbs so keep a low profile near towns.
            In the UK I was chased many times but never caught.
            That fancy waste of space would be pulled by the cops instantly.
            Bikes as art are plain stupid.

        • Kim of Copenhagen

          England is but one of the countries have laws allowing motorcycles to be ridden – with some restrictions – in the daytime without any lights save for the brake light. Not regular ones, mind, but antiques, racers and custom cycles.

          • Guest

            California is the same as well no headlight needed for daytime running just a tail/brake light.

          • elven

            Sure, I know English MC laws very well.
            No front brake: totally illegal
            No working front suspension: totally illegal.
            No chain guard: totally illegal.
            Over 97dB noise: totally illegal.
            Give me 5 mins with the bike and I’d probably find a dozen or so things that make it illegal anywhere on roads in Europe.
            The “daytime no lights law” was originally to allow Enduro races to use public roads to get from one section to another

          • D2237

            Elven, after reviewing all of your post I am quite convinced you need to get laid, Geez, its just a bike dude. Relax,

  • BoxerFanatic

    That is about as simple and essential as it gets.

    I am not a big fan of peanut tanks, and hardtail frames… but the craftsmanship is very good.

    Sometimes everything but the kitchen sink is nice… other times, the bare essentials is a whole lot less to mess with and haul around.

    This looks like fun for a couple of miles at a time on a nice, sunny, dry day. Other than that, it is pretty much a display piece.

  • Mule

    Perfect!

  • Honder-CB

    beautiful little bike, but im curious as to why the builder bought the original bike in the first place, as it seems everything was custom made except for the engine… which came from another bike. Regardless i still love it

  • tq

    very falconesque. i like!

  • http://www.facebook.com/MattyCanDo Matt Dorry

    I just can’t dig the frame or the tank.

  • Zyonsdream

    This bike gave me a chubs! Getting a title for it might prove difficult but it would still be a hell of a bike to ride.

  • KIK

    another good one for parts ,…

  • http://twitter.com/mafiax mafiax

    when I saw first I said: that is not honda, that is a brand new custom motorcycle…

    yeah it is something like that. I very very like it.

  • Kerry

    That’s a gorgeous bike. Still thinking about the red vs polished alloy seat cowl/fender but otherwise, holy cow!

  • Micah

    Pretty darn cute, but anyone over 5’1″ would look like a complete goon on it.

  • http://morethanjustwine.blogspot.com/ D Cobbold

    It looks very good to me but is obviously unrideable apart from on a large billiard table. Would it not be possible to combine beauty with function?

    • http://www.bikeexif.com/ Chris Hunter

      There are shots available that show it being ridden very hard on a dirt track.

      It’s obviously designed more for aesthetics, and we don’t have a problem with that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/robert.levinson Rob Levinson

        Chris, any of those pics on the web? Not seeing anything on the GKM website, but it looks like they don’t actually want to have anything on the website in the first place.

        • http://www.bikeexif.com/ Chris Hunter

          GKM focuses on its print edition, so you have to buy it to get the full monty. (A worthwhile purchase, I must say.) There’s a shot of the bike being ridden, on the photographer’s website:

          http://joyridesartco.blogspot.com/2011/02/new-gkm-issue-19-out-now.html

          Which shows that it is far from a display piece!

          • elven

            So its built as someone’s track toy? Is it competative?
            Sorry Chris, but for me aesthetics in design means making something very functional look good.

          • http://www.bikeexif.com/ Chris Hunter

            Some bikes on here are obviously functional, others are more focused on the aesthetics. I’m afraid you’re going to get upset now and then.

          • elven

            Posting too much on this… just checked, there is a shot of the bike with a dirt plume coming from the back tyre and either a very fast shutter speed or a very slow turning front wheel, or he is leaning the bike and spinning the back wheel?
            Not convinced!

          • http://www.facebook.com/robert.levinson Rob Levinson

            I think it’s just a tire-spinning shot with the bike stationary. The rider’s left foot is firmly planted on the ground.

            A little photoshop magic would go a long way on that one…

          • http://www.facebook.com/robert.levinson Rob Levinson

            Got it, thanks. GKM should have _something_ from their print mag on the website… the only samples I’ve ever seen that have made me consider subscription is what I’ve seen here on BikeEXIF. Somebody should explain the concept of “teaser” to GKM. ;-)

  • joe momma

    ….i just called janet napolitano……she sez that sumbitch is unsafe at any speed…….no suspension travel, no front brake, no silencing, no fenders, inaccurate wheels…..i can’t fathom anybody even displaying such a thang!…..it ain’t a racer, chopper nor streetfighter……why bother???…..too bad it like the martini creation that had everythang……???

    • joe momma

      …too bad it AIN’T like….

  • Zipidachimp

    can someone explain the attraction of ‘hard-tail’ bikes? i don’t get it, apart from the looks.

    • Kim of Copenhagen

      The looks of the thing and the satisfaction of building it is what matters most. Some people will enjoy it, others won’t. But so what if it is seldom ridden (or, for that matter, never ridden)?

      Not everybody likes classical or rock music, or modern art, either. Or eating at McDonalds or eating at a fancy, pricey restaurant. Or riding bikes in the first place.

      Doesn’t matter if you get the hardtail style or not. You’ll remain just as happy ‘not getting it’ as some of us will remain ‘getting it’. Move on.

      • Kim of Copenhagen

        PS. I’ve riddden my 1950′s hardtail Nimbus for around 200K miles now, including once across the US (1982) and more recently around Japan. Hardtails are fine, if you just ride them within their limits. My moderne bikes are more comfortable, but neither less nor more enjoyable to ride.

  • cap’n

    Cute little death trap. Very clean, nice lines, no desire to ride it though.

  • Greevous

    Gorgeous! Amazing work!

    If you’re looking for the attraction of hard-tail bikes beyond the looks, then you’re looking too far. :D

  • elven

    It’s nothing but an advertisement for the alloy-beater. Totally impractical in any situation, Waste of internet space.

    • Lew

      Mate, reserve the hate for the ugly, out of proportion, and badly engineered bikes.

      • elven

        But it is extremely badly engineered… it may be well built, but that’s a different matter.

    • C_hockin

      Let me guess you enjoy the ” practical theme bikes ” built for television and large corporations …..BEAT IT HATER!!!

  • Hiwatt Scott

    I’d much rather have a stock CL360. As someone else said, if you’re over 5 feet tall this bike is useless. But as Oscar Wilde said: “All art is quite useless.”

  • Evilgiles

    Everyone should, from time to time, forget fashion and forget function and start thinking FUN!!! Remember fun? It’s the reason I started riding…
    I have never built anything worth selling, nor have I ever won any races, but I have always enjoyed myself.
    From the description some people leave on this sight about what ‘rules’ make up the best motorcycle (i.e ground clearance, tank range, seat comfort, etc.) then we should all be riding BMW GS12#$*&^!!’s… That could be fun, but so could this little honda… I know this bike, and yesterdays for that matter, isn’t legal, but chances are if you ride a motorcycle then you have probably broken the traffic laws once or twice in your life… ;)
    This little cutie looks like it would be a hoot!

    • joe momma

      ….you go giles…….(or is it guiles”)……

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.levinson Rob Levinson

    That rear fender wrapping over and in front of the wheel… just wow. That’s just metal pornography right there. I’d just sit and stare at that bike because I’d *want* to. Bikes like this make me wish for a height adjustment lever on my hip so I could scrunch down to ride it.

    I do have to say that the complete disappearance of the original bike is quite amusing.

    (subliminal hint of the day: more BMW.)

  • JTWIND

    WOW, that is beautiful!!!! Just proves that keeping it simple often is the best. It all just plain works.

  • Guest

    If you already know you don’t like bikes such as this then why are you looking at them, let alone posting the same tired old complaints. Stating that this is impractical and lacking functionality indicates your grasp of the obvious is staggering.

    • elven

      Sorry Harry, but I just check out this EXIF website, then have to comment when I find a beautifully presented pile of impractical sh¡t.
      Bike are for riding, end of story.

      • Greevous

        Bikes are for whatever builders / riders want them to be for. End of story.

      • Guest

        I’m not particulary wild about this bike either but I’m glad Chris takes the time to post such a wide spectrum of machines for our viewing pleasure and sincerely hope he continues to do so.

      • JohnnieD

        People build bikes for themselves, not solely for you to judge on a website. End-o-story

  • Lancehouston

    The hand formed seat-rear fender section, as well as the fork mounted number plate are very well
    Crafted . Well done Guy !!!

  • Lew

    Seems like a beautifully poised machine, and I love the paint too.
    The fact that it was all originally a $100 of junk makes it more justified as a bit of show machine. Usually I don’t like show bikes, but this is really beautiful, I love the minimalism on display here.

    • Lew

      Loving the lines and wheel sizes…just flows…perfectly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=767783791 Chris Gillham

    sweet, super cool! its like a bobber, scrambler, speedway and trials bike/s all had a mass orgy and this was the product. the skill in the metal fabrication is amazing

  • matt machine

    you know what…sometimes i just cant help but laugh my fucking head off at some of the stupid comments that get posted here. I love the crap that some idiots write about “not being rideable”, ” not legal”, who would ride a rigid frame bike…they are “JUST FOR LOOKS”, are you people for real?…just in this post i have seen probably half the comments have a go at this bike in a negative way.

    For what its worth, building a bike like this is not simply about riding in comfort, to the cafe, or to alaska, or legally, or without spending a squillion dollars, or by spending a squillion dollars or anything else except the actual process of building a motorcycle with your own hands that if you want you can start, and if you want you can ride. This is about a craftsman, crafting. Cause thats what he does a craftsman. CRAFT!.

    There is a place for all your comments no doubt. But let me tell you something it takes some serious determination to make a bike like the one here. Time, effort, thought. hours and hours of thought. You think the guy who can make a motorcycle like this FORGOT about its ridability?…You think he FORGOT he weighs 250kgs and will lose that seat up his arse crack?…(ps..i hope he doesnt weigh 250 kgs)…Let me tell you the man who made this motorcycle forgot nothing, and made a very strategic decision about everything he did on this bike.

    The man who built this motorcycle is a discerning individual who should be applauded…i can see some similarities with cole’s sr and that can only be good.

    One last thought…from someone who has ridden rigid frame motorbikes most of his life….is not always about the rider…sometimes its about the motorcycle. the motorcycle.

    • Lew

      Matt, I agree with you about this bike, I mean your thoughts are decent, admirable even. Yes there are bikes I hate, this absolutely isn’t one of them.

      It’s not that there are too many haters commenting, it’s just they are hating nearly everything these days. Almost as annoying there are the ‘lovers’ who just love every bike if it’s dirt tracker and put no front brake on it and give it 17″ road tires and rims. Or take a pristine ‘soon to be classic’ 70′s Honda and turn into a faux Harley Sportster, or remove cross-member from a frame so that the bike would be dangerous id ridden, but look ‘cooler’ those bikes deserve to be put down for the disasters in taste and sense they are.

      We need people to be honest and not just ‘rubber stamp’ every bike as wonderful just because it is on bikeEXIF. Fair reasoned occasional negativity, and positivity when deserved, gives people a direction, and is in my view constructive.

      • matt machine

        agreed…thats why i said “there is a place for all your comments no doubt”..in my original comment….but sometimes the stupid ones…obviously from people who dont engage their brain before opening their mouths annoy me no end….

        the end.

    • Zyonsdream

      Agreed 100%~ To me is it amazing that any person can look at a few pictures and absolutely know that a motorcycle is unridable to any individual who might get on it. I too only ride rigid motorcycles. I love the way they look, I love the way they put power to the ground and to me, they are completely functional. Obviously this motorcycle will not feel comfortable to ride for many people but for many others, it would be a dream come true to ride.

      The picture shown on that other website shows a person riding this motorcycle hard on a dirt track. To ride on a dirt track you don’t need a registration. Not all motorcycles are conceived to ride across the country. Some are for taking out on occasion and riding the piss out of it.

      Unless you’ve ridden the motorcycle don’t assume you are the authoritative source for all things ridable. Just because you do not have the body, desire or skill to ride it does not mean others do not.

      • elven

        Please look at the pic, the bike is standing still, check the front spokes and the guys boot hard on the ground.
        I’ve ridden rigids with girder front ends, they have a certain character if you don’t care for speed through bends.
        Would never try a bike with no front suspension.

    • Mikep

      Plus 1

  • Andrew

    The mind’s eye of this craftsman is superlative. To take $100 bucks to buy an unwanted and abused bike and envision this finished product? I kneel to his vision, collaboration and skills. But wait… is that a sheet of wet/dry sandpaper in the headlight opening? The rest is well done, but with a headlight to fill that opening, the front end would be overpowered by its bulk and with a sheet of wet/dry stuck there it looks like a band aid on a nude super model’s forehead. Can’t help but look at it now that I noticed… Maybe it’s like all the cafe bike pics I see where the photographer takes the mirrors off to clean up the top line of the bike. But if its all about aesthetics, its a band aid on her forehead…

    • joe momma

      ….you have a good eye my friend……..whether you try to per/dissuede dorx is dorx…..i don’t like small hondogs, per se, and i like this one……it pleases the eye and the rest is…..well……metal art??????….glad some level heads read this stuff….like i said before……i see nekid girls and others see janet napolitano……years ago i learned to answer the question “why do you ride harleys?”…….the usual drivel….”it’s heartbeat is like my mothers”….”american made”…..”it transcends earth and time”…….bullpuckey……i ride them cause it pleases me!”…..period…..when i don’t, i shall change…..same with viewing these pix and, yes, reading this occasional drivel……

      • joe momma

        ….p….s…..as i once described a large electro glide…….”don’t fergit that under all that crap is still a motocycle!……..

    • http://www.facebook.com/robert.levinson Rob Levinson

      Andrew, my own opinion is that missing headlight circle is _perfect_, This bike is about the art, and art is about form, and form is not always parts but the shape of parts. Obviously this bike was not built to conform to any standard lighting laws (neither signals nor brake light that I can see), so if the rest is missing, why bother with the headlight? The graphical circle is a negative space element that defines the traditional presence of a headlight yet keeps the clean and simple profile with it’s absence. A flat polished plate there would have been a positive space element, but strangely dysfunctional in it’s alien form. Again, just my opinion, but I think that black circle was a good decision.

      • elven

        Did someone swallow an art thesaurus for breakfast?

        If it can’t be ridden in a real world situation it has no value.
        Or as our cousins over the water say ” it ain’t worth sh¡t”.

        • http://www.facebook.com/robert.levinson Rob Levinson

          Opinions are all about analysis. If you can’t do the latter, then the former has no value.

          • elven

            Agreed. I looked at the bike, saw zero available front suspension, which makes it useless pretty much anywhere except down a bowling alley. K70 tyres, which are 1960′s designed road tyres, not so good on road so can’t be any better off-road. No front brake, so it isn’t intended to be used quickly near bends or other traffic. No lights, which makes it “off-road only” in most of the civilised world. The “action” pic shows a guy spinning the back wheel of a stationary bike, so there is no proof that it can actually be ridden over 10mph.
            Apart from “it looks pretty” what is it meant to do?

            Old USA expression: “Handsome is as handsome does”. It translates the same in English engish.

          • elven

            Was that an analysis based on reason?

          • elven

            Sorry, correction, the front tyre looks like an Avon SM (known over here as Suicide Master), a truly bad tyre from the 1950′s, ribbed for directional stability on asphalt roads. Somewhere between “lively” and “impossible” off-road!

          • http://www.facebook.com/robert.levinson Rob Levinson

            I respect your opinion all the more know that you have shared your justification, and I also recognize your own particular viewpoint.

          • Lew

            Eleven, I can’t understand your opinion on this bike. This bike is a beautifully crafted retro dirt tracker. It doesn’t need legal stuff like lights or plates because it isn’t supposed to be ridden on the road. It doesn’t need much suspension or brakes because it is designed to be ridden on a flat dirt track. And those tires, whist not my first choice are in keeping with the style of the bike, and would be OK on hard-pack dirt, the wheel size is right too. So a $100 concept bike that can help point other engineers building their masterpieces in the right direction; balanced, symmetrical, clean and minimalist that can actually do the job it was made for, can’t see your problem.

  • Oliver

    Taking it as a design study, I like it a lot.
    Looking at it as a real world motorcycle, it is rather an expensive toy.

  • Tedsemail

    I couldn’t agree more with Oliver, on both counts.

    However there is nothing wrong with an expensive toy.

  • Surly

    The gentleman who built this works for (or with) Cole Foster. Cole built these: http://www.dutchman-photos.com/blog/2011/1/24/from-the-archives-cole-foster-salinas-ca-2005.html
    I’ve always loved the blue bike in the picture and knew instantly that this little Honda had a connection. Oh, and stop feeding the trolls. It’s 2011 guys, welcome to the internet.

  • Blake Adams

    AE builds really nice stuff. Both him and and Cole have a style that is pure and elegant. In a culture saturated with contrived themes and poor execution, its refreshing to see the Salinas Boys still keep the tradition of custom alive.

  • Frankkostek

    Frank

    There are valid points from both sides of this debate but nothing changes the fact that the bike is a somewhat rideable “work of art” and the man who made it is a craftsmen. I wish that I had made it, I think that it’s great to see such a wide variety of motorclcles on Chris’s site.

    • Guest

      I agree and hope Chris doesn’t change his vision for his site. I see bikes on his blog that I don’t find anywhere else at least not until after he’s posted them here.

      • http://www.bikeexif.com/ Chris Hunter

        I won’t be changing the vision for the site, don’t worry. I probably will be moving some commenters into an automatic moderation list though — mostly those who comment on the rideability or legality of bikes, which is not what this site is about. Too many commenters seem to be under the impression that this site is ADV Rider.

    • elven

      and what makes the thing “rideable”?

      • Evilgiles

        Maybe the fact that you think it is unrideable is a reflection on your own ability… No one has said that this bike is a moto gp winner, nor is there any reason why it has to be… Can you not just enjoy the fact that about 6 or 7 times a week you can log onto this site and see some photos and read a story to go along with them? It ‘s not like you have paid a subscription or a fee to view and read any of the pages here… Maybe if you had you would have the right to demand and command what type of photos / stories that Chris puts up here… I’m glad that there are different bikes on here for different purposes. I am yet to see one that I haven’t had some form of appreciation for. I know there are some people that think that this is just some form of yes man mentallity but every bike I have seen on here would beat taking the bus or walking any day. The only thing that this site has cost you is the respect of everyone who has had to read your comments. Now please, if it isn’t to much to ask, would you mind creating your own photography and motorcycle web site so we may all log on for a daily winge…

        • elven

          I came to this site seeing some proper bikes: café racers, cut-down roadsters, retro gear, bobbers etc.
          I find it sad when people waste good time and metal on something that simply cannot be used anywhere in the real world (except by adolescent dreamers in their own private worlds). I detest metalwork put together just for a shop window.

          I don’t whinge about bikes that can be used. Ever.

          • Evilgiles

            “Adolescent dreamers?”

            Your ability to predict age based on comments only is uncanny!

            Truely your talents are wasted in this forum…

          • elven

            Nope, its just that when someone says “I’ll ride the arse off ” a bike that just has no practical use , and cannot defend the bike other than saying “just cos you can’t” you can be certain that the person has little experience other than looking at pretty pictures and daydreaming.
            I could argue all night in a bar and still would not be convinced that this bike, and others like it, could be used anywhere practically. As for the guy who says he would ride a bike with an SM front on a dirt track, unless he is the ultimate dirt rider, he will spend most of his time falling off!

      • D2237

        It is just as rideable as those Western Auto Hardware mini bikes I rode in the 60′s and probably just as fun…..Geez, motorcycling sure has gotten pretentious over the years….Remember when motorcycling was fun and you threw caution to the wind and the safety police did not exist at every intersection. You rode to ride and be free just to feel the breeze, You sped along at 35-40 MPh and thought you were doing a hundred. Then you get a Real motorcycle, A Hodaka, Shiny red, bought from the same Western Auto Hardware store, A two stroke that ran like the wind, Smoked and pissed all future EPA officials off. Now , bikes are restored for investments, Class shows, Judges, Art du Jour, Safety Police on every corner and everyone with a lap top is a critic….

        • elven

          Such a big difference between the USA, Europe and UK in particular.

          Early 1960′s UK was a land where you learned to ride on old English bikes (forget the Brit bikes, they were all English; no Welsh, Scottish or Irish bikes!) : Ariel Arrows, BSA C15′s or Bantams, Triumph Tiger Cubs, all capable of 65mph…. downhill, tailwind, on a good day, sh¡t brakes, the alternative was a “combo” MC and sidecar, often an ex-army BSA or Norton sidevalve, sometimes with a coffin or a bathtub instead of the heavy sidecar…The Hondas arrived later, the Hodakas never did.
          There were always police prepared to harass bikers so you had to live arse-end-of-nowhere to get away with seriously illegal rides.
          Now it is even worse there: world record number of surveillance cameras per head of population, computerised registration plate recognition included so that the fine/police notice is in the mailbox before you get home, average-speed cameras on every interesting bit of road, helicopter speed patrols on the best biking roads (Cat and Fiddle, Matlock, Bala etc). Likely licence suspension for 100mph+, prison for 130mph+. Use fake registration plates and expect big fine, loss of driving licence and probable short prison sentence ( if they catch you ;-) )
          I left to live in Andalucia,Spain, similar laws but a much more sensible attitude to their interpretation and application.

          • elven

            and try to ride without brakes or front suspension here and I’ll watch you roll down the mountainside!

  • BB

    To anyone bright enough to realize this is not a road legal motorcycle it’s a nice piece of work.

  • Slantartist

    This bike is clean, simple & very ridable.
    A successful design showing great lines & proportion.
    I don’t see Aaron reaching far for his influences as this bike fits right in with the other bikes that have come out of their shop.
    He harkens to the same smart styling cues, that have made sense before, in earlier race influenced motorcycles.
    Legal or not is irrelevant as most good customs require a little nudge & wink to pass inspection & I know they ride it with or without local permission.

    • elven

      A nudge, a wink and a MASSIVE bribe would be needed for this one…..

    • http://www.facebook.com/robert.levinson Rob Levinson

      Passing inspection for this bike is little more than some inconspicuous LED signals and brake light (a good idea anyway) and at least a temporary headlight. It’s not like this is some unknown monstrosity with 17 wheels, balsa wood frame, and spinning razor blades on the seat… it’s just a bike without lights, as far as any inspector is concerned.

      Passing inspection is a decision, not a by-product or accident. I’ve built enough projects of my own and helped out with enough others that this is known and understood before the first tool touches metal.

  • Roklobster

    Beautiful in it’s stripped down simplicity.

    Practical? No. A pain in the ass? Yes. I had a girlfriend like that once. Great ride though…

  • Mule

    Whether it would fit me or not, I don’t care. Legal? Could give rat’s ass. It’s not a commuter I’m pretty sure and it’s totally the wrong motor for anything other than a farm water pump, hence the background in the photos. But I really like it. To me, if you’re going to build a bike with little or no purpose (not much investment other than time), this one is stunning.

    This is a much better alternative to a useless bike as oposed to being built with junk and left raw and crusty and dented.

    There is a mountain of skill in this one and the one priceless component that is extremely rare in bike builders and bikes presented all over the net….this builder has an “eye” for balance and lines and class. This bike could sit in a window or whatever. All the Internet “experts” could learn a lot from Aaron Elliott !

  • Neil Fenton

    Legal. Like everyone obeys the speed limit. This bike is fantastic.

    • Mule

      Speed limits are merely a suggestion.

  • Malove

    It reminds me of a Triumph that the big Daddy Ed Roth had for a weird motorcycle carrying custom car :S

    i think tha name was glittercycle or something ….

  • D2237

    A lot of comments on this one, Lets look at it for what it is. A hundred dollar Honda CL360, Okay its not practical, Has some legal issues, but for a hundred bucks WTF. Its not like he took a Vincent or a Crocker and chopped it. He took a hundred bucks, used his skills and imagination and did what he wanted. Who cares if he hangs it on a wall, or drives it off a cliff. Did he do it for your benefit?. Who cares. Restore’m, Chopp’em, Ride’m, Bikes are like Buttholes and opinions, Every one has one and can do what they want with’em. By the way, its sharp looking, I appreciate the skills to build it, not necessarily my cup of tea but WTF.

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  • Ben

    I can only say to Elven that the UK is a better off, and Andulucia is worse for you moving there. I run my triumph with no lights or turn signals on K70s and straight thru exhausts fully MOT’d and insured in England, so there, you wingeing, unhappy, unappreciative butthead.

    • sash

      there’s so much i could write about tools like elven. they will never GET IT. I’m glad the UK ain’t completely full of ends on regulation sleds

  • mack-o-matik

    beats me – 104 comments to this one so far – great find, chris – I as a regular reader of your blog appreciate the mix of high-ended customs and low-budget custom creations. Thx for that one!

  • The Traveler

    The bike is a work of art (I can see the Cole Foster influence) and I would ride it anywhere I could. I ride a hardtail (XS650) and put about 300 to 400 miles a day when I’m traveling. Oh, I’m 66 years old and really get sick of hearing little bitches whine about not being able to ride a bike like this…man up punks. With some lights installed this would be my dream bike.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-Elliott/1124262651 Aaron Elliott

    Hi i am the “Adolescent dreamer” who built this bike. First I am glad people dig it. This bike was built to be a show bike for my 5’2″ girlfriend. And something for me to play on while i collect parts for my bike. The size of the motor dictated everything so the bike had to be this size. Now as far as is it rideable? yes very much so. Is it legal? No. Is the bike done? No. at the time Mark Kawakami called about shoting some of mine and coles stuff and i didnt have time to finish making the parts.(headlight,taillight,front brake lever, coil covers/airbox, and licence plate mount). So i used a piece of 240 da paper as a number plate and said fuck it. For the people that said it must be “Photoshop” go look at Marks blog http://joyridesartco.blogspot.com/ he is one of the best photographers I have seen. (And our bikes and cars have been shot by all the best) Besides Me and mark have way to much class to try and fake people with a photoshoped pic. like someone said it doesnt flattrack very good. lol But it is a fun bike to ride around. Cole and I have never tried to be bikers.We are craftmen so maybe our stuff is a little more show than go (or stop).lol But like the traveler said ” I am sick of hearing little bitches whine about not being able to ride a bike like this…man up punks”. And have fun! oh and by the way I spent about $500 so its a very cheap toy! Hope i didnt piss anyone off……………Aaron Elliott

    • C-LINT

      Well put … but you don’t need to Explain your reasons for building a bike that cost you $500 and outshines some of the wannabe shitboxes in these haters garages!!!! There is a reason why your bike and cars are featured in mags! Looking forward to many more beautiful creations from you and the Salinas Boys!!!

    • Swagger

      It’s interesting how the internet makes otherwise respectful, clear thinking people into closed minded, D-bags with nothing to recommend them for anything other than an armchair and a dirty wife-beater. Just ignore the trolls and they’ll give up for more suitable landscape.

      Just to add my voice to the overwhelming chorus of people who dig this little scoot. What fun man, I hope your girl digs it!

  • B.

    I’ve just flicked through all those comments. Then went back and looked at the bike. Really, with all the crap we are surrounded by, this is the thing that gets you all fired up and richeous? Have another look. This is really the thing you want to spend your time shooting down? I’m guessing, even with my fairly rudimentary grasp of psycology, that the bike isn’t the real problem.

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