Custom 1982 Honda

Last December 30, I published 1 photo, the only one I had at the time, of this custom 6-cylinder 1982 Honda built by Swiss Peter Bieri. I was able to join him again, to get a few more pictures of his creation, and got the following words from him.

“I grew up with motorcycles. My dad had a bike shop and teached me all the related things from metal work to service. All I know today about motorcycles I’ve learned from him. But instead of making career in the motorcycle industry I started an apprenticeship in the metal industry. Then afterwards I studied business mathematics at the University. Today I work in the finance industry but on weekends I am working in my father’s bike shop or build my own bikes.

Since I can remember my father has a 6 cylinder Honda CBX. As I was a kid we often drove together, and as I got my driving license I drove this beautiful bike myself. The Honda CBX is a beauty, with a clear focus on the engine. The engine smoothness and the wonderful torque have always fascinated me. The sound is incredible, especially at high revs – indescribable. I started my project with the intention to create a stylish and high-tech bike with nice lines around the unique 6-cylinder engine. The bike had to feature high standards in terms of technology but preserve the old-timer look. The bike was in a very bad shape which wasn’t an issue because I only needed the engine and the frame.

It was my objective to have an almost straight line from the steering head to the rear-wheel. To achieve this, I only kept the front part of the frame and newly constructed the middle part. After cutting and welding work the whole frame got powder-coated. The spoke wheels come from Kineo,, an Italian specialist. They allow the use tof ubeless tires which is very practical. The chassis is built for high speed and based on the best racing parts. Wilbers strut and Öhlins suspension forks. Brakes are race performance parts from Brembo.

Instrumentation has a retro look but features the newest technologies. I implemented the digital speedo in the front headlamp and the ignition lock is key-less. To include all new electronic parts the whole wiring harness had to be replaced and re-created. The grips, which I’ve manufactured myself, were covered with the same leather as the seat. The instruments on the handlebar and the induction funnels are CNC produced. A handmade copper box is used as a battery and electrical parts box. The exhaust system is handmade.” Peter Bieri

6 Responses to “Custom 1982 Honda”

  1. 1 Iron Horse Jan 12th, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Great looking scoot. Really nice to see other brands that people have reimagined.

    Thanks for the extra photos and text on this one Cyril.

  2. 2 Fritz Jan 12th, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Very tasteful. Looks good.

  3. 3 Jerrman Jan 12th, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Absolute beauty on every detail!

  4. 4 Dave Blevins Jan 12th, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    I like it!

  5. 5 domino Jan 12th, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    ….. Cool bike …. Cool story…

  6. 6 SYF Jan 13th, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Ride a motorcycle, don’t drive it.

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