Last weekend marked the 13th edition of Glemseck 101, a huge custom motorcycle event in Leonberg, Germany. During the Event Honda presented six custom motorcycles, three of which were based on classic Hondas and three on current models.
The CX500 – with its transversely-mounted V-twin engine – has long been a favourite among customisers, and the award-winning version created by Michael Michael at Libra Coachworks (of Dartford, UK) is an exquisite example of its kind, full of hand-crafted details from the cross-stitched seat to the ‘signature’ exhaust end-can.
Another perennial favourite in the custom scene is the world’s first mass production superbike, the CB750. Kaspeed Customs (the father and two sons of the Karsten family) have spent over 200 working hours on their hand-built Kaspeed CB750, using 3D CAD software to create a beautifully-balanced effect, with new aluminium front fender, a bespoke, elongated fuel tank and classic café racer seat cowl.
The third classic Honda is a re-working of a 1000cc Gold Wing, which began life as a naked machine in the 1970s. Built by Dutchman Roy Holtman, the customised version at Glemseck underlines the simplicity of the original four-cylinder Gold Wing with a bespoke tank and seat, a pair of two-into-two exhausts, plus a military-style storage compartment that gives a nod to the touring benchmark that the Gold Wing very quickly became.
The Monkey has proved an instant hit since its return to Honda’s line-up this summer. For Glemseck 101, Dirk Öhlerking of German customisers Kingston Customs re-imagined the Monkey as a flat tracker. His Monkey Tracker features a host of adjustments including modified frame, flat-tracker style handlebar, hand-made seat, new exhaust, foot rests from a 1976 Elsinore 125 and gold and tricolour paint scheme.
Another addition to Honda’s line-up for 2018 – the CB1000R – was presented at Glemseck in two customised incarnations. The first – called the CB1000R Neo Daemon – has been developed in Germany by customiser Jens Kratschmar, with a printed ‘reflective’ vinyl wrap, exotic enamel-coated white exhaust and new bars, levers, brake lines, indicators and tyres.
The second has been created by Honda Racing in the UK for entry in the ‘Sprint International’ race in the expert hands of 5-time 500cc GP World Champion Mick Doohan. With Fireblade SP Öhlins suspension, Akrapovic exhaust, Brembo brakes, bespoke swing arm and clutch, Rizoma accessories and beautiful gold and tricolor paint scheme, the Glemseck CB1000R fully dials up the strong ‘Sports’ performance characteristics of Honda’s uniquely-styled ‘Neo Sports Café’ roadster.