CAFE RACER NR 09 – BOBBER STYLE

This bobber style “Racing Rebel” by Wrench Kings is created from a Honda CMX450 Rebel. Read all about the build.

HOW IT ALL STARTED

The owner of this bike is Steven, a cool guy with his own carpentry company. Years ago Steven started building this CMX450 Rebel. He went to a guy specialized in frame building with the request to make it a hard tail bobber. And the frame was made, but that was the moment the builder disappeared and Steven had a half built frame… Rusting in his garage… Till, years later, he found Wrench Kings.

Wrench Kings finished the job that started four years ago and created this stunning Rebel. The “Racing Rebel”!

Although the rough lines on this bike were already set, Wrench Kings had enough opportunities to put their creativity in it!

Instead of the standard double seat springs often used for hardtail bikes, a small modern mono shock is used for the seat suspension. This way the seat is lifted, creating a line with the tank and completely different riding characteristics.

The CMX450 is a moderate 450cc bike. The engine is relatively small and with that the Kings decided to use simplicity in their build. The handle bars are clean (and upside down…). There are no controls on the handlebars. The only piece of electronics on the bars is a 48mm Daytona Velona speedometer. Small, clean and enough information for any biker!

Wrench Kings Bobber

BOBBER DETAILS

The CDI, battery and starter relay are located in the box underneath the seat. This box also contains the ignition key, a start/stop switch and a low/high beam switch. That’s it… Naturally these minimalistic electronics were well explained to the owner, as it requires an “old school” style of riding. Yes, you have to use your hands to indicate directions.

The exhaust system was prepared as well. But holy moly it was loud! Just short open pipes. Nice for a quarter mile… But deafening during a real trip. To bring the noise down to a moderate level, DB killers of aftermarket mufflers are used in these open pipes. That made a difference! It’s definitely not at the level of a vacuum cleaner, but at least the neighbors will keep smiling.

The 16 year old tires (brand new looking!) are replaced by new Bridgestone Exedra Max tires with a modern and fast looking profile to add to the “Racing Rebel” name.

The gas tank and fenders are painted in a blue / gray metallic color with the typical Wrench Kings striping in black.

A Harley-Davidson WLA was inspiration for the seat. To create the vintage WLA look, the stitching pattern doesn’t stop at the edges, but goes around the seat. The leather color is chosen to match the WLA seats as well.

The seat upholstery is done by Toni’s Custom Works, www.toniworks.nl. Toni does most of the King’s upholstery works.

The engine is repainted in fresh colors and the engine covers are patiently polished till you could see your face in them. And speaking of reflection… The forks still had the original reflector brackets. Instead of removing the brackets, custom made, laser engraved Wrench Kings Plaques were used to complete the looks!

LIST OF MODIFICATIONS

  • Hardtail conversion
  • Custom mono seat shock (custom seat structure and hinge system)
  • Custom seat upholstery by Toni
  • Yamaha XS650 gas tank
  • Yamaha XS650 wheels (made to fit the frame)
  • Custom front and rear fenders
  • Custom Wrench Kings paint job
  • Upside down tracker handle bars
  • Biltwel Kung Fu grips
  • Daytona Velona 48mm electronical speedo
  • Custom forward controls
  • Bridgestone Exedra tires
  • Landport Lithium Ion battery
  • Custom electronic box with start/stop, ignition and low/high beam switches
  • Clean electronics (no wires are visible on the bike)
  • Subtle headlight
  • Side mount license plate and tail light bracket
  • DNA power filters
  • Polished engine covers
  • Laser engraved custom plaques on the forks
  • Fresh paint job for the engine
Wrench Kings Bobber details
Wrench Kings Bobber details
Wrench Kings Bobber details

THE SMILE

Basically, a pretty long list for a bike that looks as clean as this one! Naturally, the bike received a full service (new oils, new brake pads, etc.).

Steven already made his first ride on the bike and the smile with which he returned is the reason the Kings are in this business!

These amazing pics are taken by Wrench Kings’ distinctive photographer Bas Duijs (www.basduijs.com). The photoshoot is done near the church in Blauwkapel, an area near Utrecht with 130 inhabitants and their own Wikipedia page… Enough said… Stunning!

A stunning Honda CMX450 Rebel by Wrench Kings

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