Motorcycle News - Ready to Wear: Kaspeed’s slinky Nighthawk 750
Limited production runs take a lot of the guesswork out of the custom business: both the builder and customer know exactly what they’re in for. Germany’s Kaspeed Moto have now thrown their hat in the ring, using the venerable Honda CB750 as a donor.
“This is our #00 prototype,” says Kaspeed’s Jimmy Dressel. “The whole bike was engineered to be a lot more ‘reproducible’ than the usual one-off custom build. It was a real challenge, to be honest—and we still have some points to improve for the future.”
They also rejetted the carbs, and fitted a set of DNA filters with leather caps. Plus they gave the Nighthawk a solid service, replaced a few seals and fitted a new chain and sprockets.
The Honda’s sporting some swish chassis upgrades though. Kaspeed fitted upside down forks, triples and front brakes from a 2000-spec Yamaha R1. They used a conversion kit (essentially a steering stem and bearings) from Cognito Moto, and fabricated a new axle and spacers.
Building the new bodywork was quite a process. The guys designed the tail unit using CAD software, then hand-shaped a positive PU foam mold based on the design.
It’s a slick design from any angle, topped off with a genuine leather seat. It’s really minimal too, thanks to the lack of a traditional taillight. Instead, a pair of tiny Kellerman LEDs flanks the tail, doubling up as taillight and turn signals.
Moving to the front, the team kept the stock Nighthawk tank—but elongated the flat section at the back to match up with the seat unit. Rounding out the bodywork is a custom-built aluminum front fender.
They’ve also installed a keyless RFID ignition from Motogadget, and mated Leo Vince slip-ons to the four-into-two headers. Jimmy reckons the Nighthawk is now about eight percent lighter than stock—but more importantly, it’s completely TÜV compliant.
‘Heritage’ builds will cost less, and be lighter on suspension and component upgrades. The ‘Racer’ builds will be similar to what you see here, with the option of adding even more goodies, if your pocket allows.
Kaspeed Moto would like to thank Öhlins, Leo Vince, Kellermann, Metzeler tires, DNA Filters, John Doe for riding gear, and Hedon helmets.
via Bike EXIF http://www.bikeexif.com
September 3, 2018 at 12:06PM