The Curva – Honda CB550 K2
We’re big fans of “backyard builds” here on Return of the Cafe Racers. During the past week, we have been fortunate enough to feature 2 very slick bikes that were put together by a couple of regular guys. Today we unveil the trifecta with another Japanese based café racer that’s been one man’s long-term labor of love.
Ivor Demetlika is a 45-year-old Fireman living in Sydney, Australia, and his wild looking Honda CB550 has a history steeped in motorcycle racing. ”The bike was originally built by Bill Snelling who ran Westgate racing in the 80’s and 90’s,” says Ivor. After acquiring the bike in the early 2000’s he discovered that it had swapped hands amongst some big names in the Australian racing and made plans to begin race it himself in post Classic events. Unfortunately, due to living arrangements, funds and the worst project killer of them all, procrastination, the Honda became a piece of quirky granny flat furniture.
Thankfully, 3 years ago, Ivor spotted something that motivated him to revisit his forgotten project. “I came across an old Two Wheels mag from the seventies with a feature about a Read Titan CR kitted CB750 that was fully faired with funky paint.” Ivor is a self-confessed fan of cult Aussie motorcycle movies Mad Max and Stone and a lover of 70s styling, so after seeing the old mag, he found the motivation he needed to get the Honda back out on the road.
Along with the already extensive list of work done Ivor had all of the bikes fasteners zinc plated. He polished everything he could using knowledge passed on to him by Luke at Ultimate Shine and had the awesome curved mufflers ceramic coated in black. New cables, levers, and lights were put together for the brake system and a quick action throttle added. The Honda also runs all new wiring and components and an oil cooler. The finishing touch was having the saddle upholstered in diamond-stitched oxblood leather.
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