The CL450′s new home

So once the Art in Motion show ended the CL540 officially became the property of its new owner Forrest. Forrest has been involved in the build since day 1 and had a pretty specific look he wanted. He loved the style of “Rusty” Eric’s CB450 by Holiday Customs, but wanted it more rough and gritty. He wanted a bike that was bomber mechanically, but had the look of a bike that had been ridden hard. Forrest also rides dirt bikes so there was some scrambler style inspiration as well.  The bike is finally done and here is the result:

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He is super pumped on the end result and definitely got the look he was going for. In fact the bike looks so inspired to be ridden hard that we ended up having some serious fun during one of our tests! This bike is FUN to ride!!



Seeing the bikes new owner so pumped on the look makes months of work totally worth it. He was actually having so much fun riding it the morning of the show he ended up running out of time to wash it!  Oh, and he was the one to volunteer to sleep in the studio to keep the bikes safe. We think maybe he just didn’t want to stop looking at his new ride! Here are a few or Forrest’s own iPhone shots he took over the weekend.  Thanks again Forrest for letting us build you a bike and for enjoying it so fully!

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  • 5 June, 2012 at 6:51 pm // Reply

    Sweeeet bike!!! What size rims and tires does that beast have? i wanna do the same

  • 5 June, 2012 at 7:09 pm // Reply

    18″ rims front & rear. Coker Diamond 18 x 4.5″ tires front & rear.

    • 27 June, 2012 at 7:18 pm // Reply

      The tires are both 18 x 4.5….are they on stock rims?

      • 27 June, 2012 at 7:21 pm // Reply

        Stock rear and the front is stock of of a cb360

  • 19 July, 2012 at 4:59 am // Reply

    I have a 74 CB360 I am currently working on. I keep researching the tire situation and get conflicting information on tire size. This is the look I am going for. Currently have 3.00×18 on front and I THINK 3.25×18 on the rear. I believe are stock rims for my bike. The coker diamonds are my favorite tires so far. From what I am reading I should be able to fit 4.5×18 on my bike correct? I can only assume the front fender will have to be removed or modified and probably modify the rear fender as well for clearance.

  • 20 July, 2012 at 12:38 am // Reply

    Yes we fit the 4.5 x18 on the bike. Not sure if they would clear with the front fender, I would doubt it but maybe. The bike has shorter than stock shocks and the seat pan has been shaped for maximum clearance.

  • 5 August, 2012 at 4:23 pm // Reply

    So gorgeous !
    I am a fan of your work :)
    I am trying, with my poor skills and means, to transform my cb125k5 from 1976 and I would like to know how was built the rear fender on this beautiful CL version ?
    I would like to try to make one like this… well if you don’t request a copyright ;)

    Iand if you agree to share how to build the seat pan… Don’t hesitate ! ;)
    Merci !


    • 6 August, 2012 at 5:13 am // Reply

      We cut out a rough shape for the fender/tail and then had it rolled into the curve. We had a friend with a roofing company do the rolling, but any machine shop could help you out. After that we shaped it with the good old angle grinder. Thanks and have fun building!

  • 7 August, 2012 at 2:41 pm // Reply

    what do you think the total investment was into this bike? After the donar bike?

    • 7 August, 2012 at 4:17 pm // Reply

      Just shot you an email Grant.

  • 9 August, 2012 at 12:39 pm // Reply

    Thanks for your reply :)
    Regarding the shocks, how long are they ? I guess they are shorter than original ones ?
    I am looking for a pair that is shorter to the ones on my bike (310mm) but can not find some in 280 or 290mm, with enough space in the eye (must be 15mm)…They are all around 10mm on the market.
    Would you have a good address to get some ? Thank you.

  • 10 August, 2012 at 8:50 pm // Reply

    Great stuff there yep, thank you for the link. I aready knew the website but was not aware they are making such shorty shocks. Well… have to wait cause the stock is empty but no problem I am not hurry !
    Again thank you for sharing your tips & tricks !


  • 28 August, 2012 at 5:02 pm // Reply

    Nice work guys. Curious if and how you braced the headers for this build. Thanks in advance!

    • 28 August, 2012 at 5:37 pm // Reply

      We only attached the pipes back by the seat. You can see the tab we welded on in this post With those two pints they are really solid.

  • 3 December, 2012 at 6:16 am // Reply

    Nice Honda…I mean really, really nice. Curious if you did a total CB360 front end swap, CB360 rim laced to the cl450 hub, or just the CB360 wheel on the CL450 front end? Did 18 x 4.5 require any fork shaving? Again, fantastic work.

  • 4 December, 2012 at 2:55 am // Reply

    Thanks Aaron! We ended up doing a CB550 fork with a CB360 wheel. No shaving required and it all bolted up no problem.

  • 14 December, 2012 at 2:08 am // Reply

    This bike is really great inspiration. I have been looking at the pictures over and over. I am working on a CL350 that I want a similar look for. I like the wrapped scrambler pipes. Did you guys totally do away with mufflers? How are you keeping the sound down? Also Was the seat custom made or did you buy it from somewhere? I checked Dime City, love those guys, but I didnt see any with a similar style. Thanks a lot.

    • 14 December, 2012 at 6:50 am // Reply

      We did strait pipes with a custom made baffle inside. They ended up being a very reasonable volume. The seat was custom made. We made the pan and shaped the foam then had an auto upholsterer do the stitching. Send us an email at if you have any other questions, and have fun building!

  • 2 August, 2013 at 6:56 pm // Reply

    Hey cool bike I have a 1973. Where did you get all the cables from? They look good.

    • 18 August, 2013 at 7:38 pm // Reply

      We just ordered replacement stock cables from Motion Pro.

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