Motorcycle News - Wacky Racer: Banzai’s Honda CB900F Bol d’Or
Every now and then, a CB900F will pop up in the EXIF inbox and make it onto the site. But we doubt if many can match the speed of this German-built racer.
Photographer Sven Wedemeyer is a fan. According to our man-on-the-ground in Europe, it brings “classics, customs, weirdos and vintage racers together. There’s everything from pre-war TT winners to sidecars, two strokers, and classic superbikes.”
To be precise, it’s a 1983 SC09 ‘Bol d’Or’ model, it’s a two-time winner in the Classic Superbikes class, and it epitomizes the chaotic spirit of the event. It’s fielded by the oddball ‘Banzai’ team, consisting of racer Sascha Bellon and mechanics René Freudenberg and Torsten Friebel.
Last year, pilot Sacha kept scraping the side covers in corners, so for 2018 the team brainstormed ways to improve the lean angle. They also had the small issue of a blown con-rod bearing to fix. With an ethos of keeping things as DIY and cheap as possible, the Banzai trio set to work.
Banzai-Bolle now breathes in via a set of Mikuni TMR 36s, and out via four-into-one Scheibel headers and a Micron silencer. The combo looks pretty wicked, and we’re betting it has the sound to match.
His mix of aggression and control on the track not only inspired the team name, but also prompted a serious chassis overhaul.
So they settled for a late-90s Yamaha YZF1000R Thunderace, grabbing its front forks, brakes, wheel and clip-ons. A custom fork stabilizer and a Suzuki GSX-R steering damper off complete the new front end.
The frame itself has been shortened at the back, cleaned up and reinforced in various spots. Up top is an alloy tail section, borrowed from an old 50 cc Simson racer and in front is the stock CB900F fuel tank—but polished, clear-coated and adorned with the team’s own decals.
Even though the Banzai-Bolle took 1st in its class at the 2017 event, most of the work listed here took place over this past winter. So it’s little wonder that the team repeated their success this year, sticking it to some pretty exotic machines in the process.
According to photographer Sven, Banzai-Bolle is “a proper race bike with ambitious specs, and although it’s a DIY racer, it’s immaculate and really well-built. It sounds amazing, goes like stink, and is raced at its limit.”
Amen to that.
With thanks to Sven Wedemeyer / WHEELS OF STIL for the photos and tip. Burnout image by Klaus Angermann.
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July 16, 2018 at 12:05PM