What was your intended objective when you started the build?
Before this project I lived in SE Asia, there is a huge following over there for the Japanese inspired “brat style” bikes. I was fascinated by those designs and decided to follow in there footsteps but also but my own personal touch to it. I wanted to create something that inspired the words “clean & mean”. The brat style bikes in Asia were mostly built on 250 platforms, so I wanted to go as big as i could for the platform. The GS1100 motor is a monster on its own, but shed some weight and slam it to the floor and you’ve got something quite unique.
What motivated you to start your project?
Iv’e been riding and working on motorcycles since I was old enough to afford one. Before this build i stuck mostly to slight cosmetic changes and bolt on parts. I decided to do this build when I found an old GS1100 for sale from and old school biker on craigslist, I knew then that I had found a solid platform for a ground up rebuild in my own image.
What was the most unique and creative thing you did to the bike?
A lot of what I did to the bike has been done a million times before. Something i haven’t seen very often though is the center re-located kill-switch and start button. After removing the center mounts for the original handlebars there were 2 holes left in the triple tree. So i made some round metal disks and inserted a new kill switch into the left one, and the start switch and neutral indicator into the right side. I ran the wires out of the bottom and capped them on the back.
What are you most proud of?
I am very proud of the bike as a whole, it definitely transformed through the months I was building it. I am most proud of the engine rebuild and the rear-end. This was my first real top end rebuild, and there were times that i thought I would never finish. Perseverance won the day though, I just kept tackling new problems as they came up and eventually had it put back together. Im really proud of the rear end as well, because i made it from scratch from my own designs. No pre-bought cafe rear loop here.
What do other people say about your motorcycle?
I have had the very unique opportunity to use the empty garage space in the basement of my employers building to work on this project. So naturally I have had many people in and out through the build. The remarks have gone from “Oh thats cool” ,at the beginning of the build, to utter astonishment toward the end of the build. My co-workers and passers-by have seen the effort and sheer force-of-will I’ve put into this build. Letting no day go by without accomplishing something on it. I can’t go for a ride without someone pulling up to comment on it.