Everyone interested in two or four-wheeled goodies and not averse of using a spanner has certainly, at some point, gone into raptures about the Super 7. Not necessarily about this nimble sports car’s looks or performances, but simply about the fact that you can buy that thing as a kit and assemble it at home with a couple of tools and an assembly instruction. No rust solvent, no petrified grease crusts, no demolished nuts and bolts or any other firmly stuck crap. No use for a welder, an angle grinder or any cursing. Sounds good, doesn’t it? But to be honest, I have never put my hands on a Super 7 so I have no clue if this romantic description reflects reality.
But, as a matter of fact, many people love to tinker on their bikes but have no access to a fully equipped workshop to build their own custom bike. So a nice DIY Motorcycle Kit like the Super 7 described above would come in handy, no?
That is exactly what Jack Chin and his Company Moto8ight are working on. Jack and his guys from Phoenix, Arizona, want to offer a kit for a bike which main goal is to provide fun to its rider. Because we know that the fastest bike is not necessarily the bike that provides the most fun.
The Moto8ight Kit, currently still in under development, consists of a steel-tubular frame and is intended to be equipped with oil cooled Suzuki engines from the late 80's to the early 2K models. That means you can start with any early GSX-R, Bandit or Katana donor bike regardless of the displacement.
The advantages of this are diverse; you can, for an example, start with a relatively tame 600cc or go for the 1100cc immediately. Hell, you can even, over time, beef it up gradually to the big banger. Connoisseurs of the early 90's oil-cooled Suzuki engines know that these lumps can take a joke and be turned into angry beasts.
Another much appreciated advantage is the availability as well as the price tag of potential donor bikes. Bandits and Katanas in any range of displacement can be found at a fair price so your personal Moto8ight isn’t going to cost you a fortune. This applies to the chassis as well, because again, the kit is intended to be equipped with Suzuki front ends, swing arms and wheels. So it’s up to you if you go for the complete Upside-Down GSX-R front end or the more basic Bandit parts. Anyhow, swap meets should give you ample opportunities to get hold of these parts at a fair rate as well.
In cooperation with Airtech-Streamlining, Moto8ight will offer different body styles consisting of gas tanks, fairings and seat cowls. For instance, the prototype on the pictures is equipped with a slip-on tank cover.
The depicted bike weighs 181 kilograms with a 2003 GSX-R front end and a 600cc engine coming from a Bandit, just like the swing arm and the rear wheel. Before the kit goes into production (Jack says hopefully by the end of this year), Moto8eight will further reduce weight by manufacturing an aluminum rear frame and by varying size and thickness of the tubing.
Initially the kit was intended to be offered in the US only but after getting a large amount of interest from Australia as well as the UK, exporting the kit is not ruled out.
Pleasant news if you’re keen to be part of the exclusive group of motorcycle builders but have no fully equipped workshop in the barn. I’m sure we will see plenty of interesting Moto8ight-based bikes in the near future.
More information can be found here, on Moto8ight’s own website.
A detour to the Airtech-Streamlining website might set new ideas in motion, so beware!