Motorcycle News - Ride and win: Ironwood’s Honda CB750 is up for grabs
The people behind this unusual competition are Motoshare, a local bike rental company (think AirBNB for motorcycles) and the huge European parts supplier CMS, who mostly specialize in components for Japanese machines.
We suspect this Honda is going to have a busy life, but it’s no rent-a-dent: Ironwood main man Arjan van den Boom has built it to the same high standards as the BMWs he’s best known for—although it’s a little easier to ride than the infamous Mutant BMW R80.
“It was in pretty good condition,” Arjan tells us. “The engine had already been opened and worked on. And due to the budget and short lead-time, we wanted a bike that had less work required on the engine.” But just to be on the safe side, Ironwood replaced all the seals and gaskets.
The engine has been overhauled and fitted with new gaskets, and the covers powdercoated for that factory-fresh look. The Comstar wheels have been powdercoated too, and suit the 80s vibe of the build perfectly.
The fork tubes have been powdered as well, lowered a little, and upgraded with Hyperpo progressive springs and new seals. A CNC-machined new top clamp keeps steering flex to a minimum, and there’s an LED headlight that throws out considerably more lumens than the stock 7” bucket.
There’s also a low-mounted auxiliary headlamp on the left side, a signature motif carried over from some of Ironwood’s BMW builds.
But Arjan has embraced the lines of the stock tank, modifying the indents a little and then marrying it to a new subframe. A simple aluminum seat/tail unit, built by Marcel van der Stelt from The Custom Factory, sports an upkick that echoes the base line of the tank. It’s finished off with a pair of Highsider lights.
The paint, beautifully shot by Mark van Wijk, is a slightly remixed version of an early Porsche Olive color, found on 911s from the 70s.
It’s a bit different to the usual BMW GS rental bikes that are popular in Europe. And a lot more Instagrammable. If you’re lucky enough to live in the Netherlands, here’s your chance to try out an Ironwood bike. And if you live further afield, why not chance your luck with a ticket?
via Bike EXIF http://www.bikeexif.com
July 13, 2018 at 12:04PM