1982 Honda CM450e - Short Circuit


What was to be a quick build/flip, turned into a labour of love.

Some details on the build:

  • All original pieces prepped and coated:
    • Powdercoated the engine covers, fork tubes, triple trees, rims. Chain guard in Super Durable Wet Black.
    • Powdercoated fenders, handlebar, levers, rims in black chrome
    • Powder coated exhaust in high temp black
    • Powdercoated calliper mount in Super Durable Wet Gold
  • Frame mods:
    • Those familiar with the bike know that the frame is not the easiest to work, especially for a café racer/brat build.
    • The original rear frame was chopped off and two off-set loops became the new rear end. The space between the loops was surrounded with perforated steel, allowing us to hide all electronics and creating a unique design element.
  • Suspension:
    • Swapped the original CM450e spoked front drum break setup with the front end off a CM400, comstar rims and single disc brakes; rebuilt and powder coated calliper.
    • Replacing the stock shocks with 13.5 inch nitrogen shocks raises the rear end.
  • Front End:
    • We chopped the original front fender and coated it in black chrome.
    • Dual projector headlights, gives the bike a unique look, which reminded us of the robot from the 1986 movie, “Short Circuit”.
    • Aftermarket master cylinder, steel braided break line, new turn signals/headlight controls, Koso gauge, grips and levers all help to clean up the new clubman bars.
  • Paint & Body:
    • We had an old KZ1000 tank kicking around the shop so we tried it on for size; with a bit of imagination and welding, the lines on the bike were greatly improved.
    • Fabricated a set of custom ACP tank badges to finish off the look. The bike has a much beefier stance with this larger tank.
    • Custom café racer seat for solo trips that can easily be swapped out with a classic brat style seat for 2-up riding.
  • Engine & Driveline:
    • Powdercoated side covers and valve cover. Rebuilt and jetted carbs.
    • Swapping out the original spoked rear wheel, with a CM400 comstar rim and rear sprocket; a noticeable difference at the line.
    • Drilled out the chain guard and coated it black.
  • Electronics & Lights:
    • Upgraded wiring, with relays and a new Ballistic battery will help keep this bike running smoothly and consistently.
    • LED turn signals and tail light finish off the rear end nicely.
    • Koso gauge
  • Seat
    • Custom seat by Mikes Upholstery in Hamilton
  • Exhaust:
    • Wrapped Mac 2 into 1 exhaust, with a slash cut tip provides a distinct throaty growl.

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