A 1966 Honda CB160 customized in 2016. This bike was the second in a series of three small displacement entry-level Honda race bikes (the 1980 CB50 AC-02 and the Cabracer 360 were the other two.) One of the things I love about motorcycles is the stories that surround individual bikes, and the culture that goes with them. In Japan, small displacement racing has been popular for decades, with some racers bringing their stripped-down daily riders to the track to compete on week-ends, and then back to the street on Monday. That is the spirit of the AC-02 and this bike: an amateur racer still legal for the street.  This bike was being towed on the back of a car in front of me in traffic in 2015. When the car pulled over to check straps, I decided to pull over and see if I could take a look at it. The driver of that car was my now business partner, Fabian Campos, and our venture, Denton Moto was born out of that first meeting. He was on the way to drop the bike off with some friends to have them powdercoat and paint the bike so he could sell it. The plan was to finance his own Honda CB500T custom build with the proceeds of the sale. Seeing an opportunity, I told him I could take out the first few steps of his plan by taking the bike as-is in exchange for customizing his bike.  The bike was tripped down and de-tabbed. Clubman bars were added, and a hand-formed front fairing was fashioned from a single piece of aluminum. The tank is a modified Honda Ape piece, rear-set footpegs and pedals are from a 1964 CB77, the seat and belly pan are from Airtech. The exhaust is made up of the stock scrambler pipes and a handmade muffler and shield. Shouldered alloy rims and IRC tires were added to the stock hubs. The lighting system includes a Honda SL70 headlight, custom control panel and wire harness, and a brake light that uses bronze from a drummer’s cymbal for the housing, and a lens from a World War 2 navy aircraft tail. Painted with PPG paint, the “Seven” name and number for the bike came from the bike being the seventh custom since my full-time entry into bike building in 2015.
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