So by now, if you haven’t figured it out, I’m a bit of a gearhead. I like making things, and I really like making things go faster than expected.
A few years ago, I bought my then girlfriend (now my lovely wife) a 1997 Honda Rebel. It was a bit beat down, had some rust and the paint was bad, but hey, at least the tank was dented too!
It was a suprise gift, she had been Snow Boarding in Colorada with my best friend ( I don’t tumble around in the wet, cold snow…) and I had found this bike through a Co-Worker. $600.00 later, some new tires and a battery, and it was running and ready to rock… I had it all cleaned up and ready for when she came home from her trip. I think she liked it…
The swingarm was shortened, a 16″ hoop was laced to the stock hub, fatter tires were installed, I built some low down and out front handlebars for it, a 2-1 Stainless Exhaust was fabricated with a Supertrapp Muffler, rearset controls were made, all new seat section was bent up, a fiberglass seat pan was molded and covered, forks were shaved, lowered and polished, the electric start was removed and a “Kick Start” was fabbed up, and finally topped off with an Elsinore tank. I also repaired all the engine cracks, ported the head, and tweaked the carburator a little bit.
All of these great photos were taken by my friend Staton Carter who has taken all the great photos you guys see.