Regular readers know that I have a soft spot for 80’s Superbikes. As a kid, many of the walls in our house were clad with Superbike posters and I parked my first mopeds beside these big lumps in the family garage. Further, over the last few years, a CB1000F Supersport (named Super Bol d’Or over here in Europe) was the standard view in my rearview mirrors since one of my brothers still rides a Super Bol d’Or today. So, I’ll leave the stage to Michael Mundy of Steel Bent Customs telling the story of this 1983 Honda CB1100F SuperSport named “Liberty”:
A few years back, a client contacted me to build a bike for his son as a birthday present. At the end of last year, the very same client’s wife contacted me to build a bike for her husband’s birthday, so the two could ride together. It was great working with the same client twice since he was familiar with Steel Bent Customs style and really knew what he was looking for in a custom build.
I located the donor bike here in Florida. Early 80’s SuperSports (750/900) are hard to locate in decent condition, a CB1100F SuperSports is almost impossible to locate. So when I finally found one, I worked out the deal and grabbed it. The seller was an older gentleman on the beginning stages of Parkinson's disease so unfortunately, his “riding” days were over. Meeting the seller was very nice and we were able to help out a bit more on the sale price.
I knew that when I started the build I needed to straighten out the backbone and level out the tank and seat which makes Steel Bent Customs’ iconic design. Working with the clients ideas, we eliminated the headlight cowl and replaced it with a number plate and LED headlight. We also added a lower fairing from AirTech and redesigned the rear cowl. The seat was wrapped in red suede by Lance's Upholstery to match the iconic Honda Racing paint scheme that was applied by Craig Paints Bike. The frame and rims were powder coated gloss black by ProFab while a DynoJet Stage 3 kit was installed for the carbs to breathe with the pods and the 4:1 exhaust.
Probably the hardest part of the build was eliminating the extra wiring to get the front number plate as clean as possible and redesigning the seat/rear cowl. We cut the seat in half and used the side panels and a bit of fiber glass to obtain the shorter single rider look. The lithium-ion battery was hidden under the rear seat cowl.
I think the paint and the straight line backbone of the bike along with the lower fairing really give the bike a great race look. The gold anodized bars and matching shocks really pull the yellow in to the design. The #21 on the front represents the client’s birth date.
The bike is named “Liberty”. Since I build many bikes from the same donor bikes I ask the clients to pick a nickname in order to differentiate their bike from past builds. Further, it’s quite useful when people contact us to build a bike and reference a past build they’d like to replicate or incorporate different elements from previous bikes into their own unique bike.
I guess if you had to “classify” the build style, its maybe some kind of a super moto race bike with a hint of cafe racer but all one of a kind custom.