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1975 Honda CB500T

March 4, 2017

 

OWNER: Fabian Campos

COMPANY: Denton Moto Collective

BUILDER: David Morales

HOMETOWN: Denton, Texas

 

DESCRIPTION: 

"Morrison" is Fabian's first motorcycle and the "flagship" bike for Denton Moto Collective out of Denton, TX. What started out as a bike-for-a-build trade turned into a partnership between David Morales and Fabian Campos, co-founders of Denton Moto. The "trade" bike, affectionately known as "The 7", was the second Denton Moto build, and David's seventh bike since leaving his day gig. You can find "The 7" on display in the Forged Invitational inside the Jekyll Island Convention Center. (Fun Fact: "Morrison" came off the assembly line in December of 1974 which also happens to be Fabian's birthday. This bike/owner relationship was just meant to be.)

 

MODIFICATIONS:

The bike was first brought back to running condition with a couple of new carb kits. Once it was established that the engine ran well the bike started undergoing modifications. The rear section of the frame was removed and a new loop put in its place along with some new crossmembers that also act as seat supports. The seat lock was taken from its place on the side of the frame and placed underneath the seat. This allows quick seat removal with the turn of a key to access the electronics underneath. A custom seat pan and foam was made with a custom saddle cover by Clint Wilkinson from Denton, TX. Some special brackets were made to hold the custom leather saddle in place. The frame was de-tabbed. The rear foot peg muffler mount was removed and a set of mufflers were cut off of a CB550 set, and fitted to the headers using the clamps from the original stock mufflers. The original rear fender was used but was tucked up under the bike to give it a bobbed appearance. The original front fender stay was modified, and used to hold up the rear fender. It is mounted to the swingarm, keeping it riding just above the tire. The mid-section of the front fender was chopped out, keeping the factory rolled edges on the ends. Race tech gold valve emulators were placed in the front forks along with a set of progressive springs, and tapered steering bearings in the steering stem to firm up the ride. A Moto Gadget M–unit along with handlebar controls and an M–button controller were fitted to the bike along with a modern combination voltage regulator/rectifier. Bronze from drum cymbals were used to make the bases for the front turn signal bases well as the license plate light cover. Grips were turned from olive wood by Jon Carpenter from Madwoods. The dog bone shaped yolk on the handlebar clamps was made using a technique called Shitame repousee, where a thin sheet of brass is worked with small steel punches in a pan filled with a tar-like substance called pitch. “TIO” was placed in memory of Fabian’s uncle who first introduced him to the thrill of motorcycles at a very young age.

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