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Freakn' Four 1972 Honda Dream CB 500 K-1

昨年の夏European Bug In #2に行った際 Netherlands(オランダ)のShopに寄り、

こ のCB500を見つけ思わず購入してしまったけど何もオランダで買わなくて日本 でもUSでも買えるって?! でも出会いが大切だからって事で納得。 購入した時から70's Southern CaliforniaのFreeway等で良く見かけた リアショックを RigitBarに変更したHonda CBのDrag Bike風にしようと決めていた。 Last year while I was attending the European Bug In #2, I saw this CB500at a shop we visited in the Netherlands and without any hesitation, purchased it. I didn't have to purchase it from the Netherlands and knowthey are available in Japan and the US but there's a reason foreverything and I believe in encounters like this. After purchasing it, I remember thinking back to the 70s, when I would see on the freeways of Southern California, how the rear shocks were swapped for rigid bars. と言っても当時CB500ベースは少なくほとんどはCB750, それでも大柄なUSA人が乗っていると CB750が CB500位の大きさに見えてしまう。小柄な日本人が乗るならCB500で丁度良いと思う。 That's when I thought about doing this and making the Honda CB with aDrag Bike style to it. Back then, a CB500 was hardly used as a base. Instead it was the CB750, but when an American is on a CB750, the bikelooks more like a CB500. For us smaller Japanese, I think a CB500 was asbig as I wanted to go. そんな訳でリアはRigit Bar、リムはボラーニのH型アルミリム、タイヤはFrontが Avon Speedmaster 3.00-19 リアは MH Drag Slick Tire4/26.6-18, このDrag Slick Tireが Key,なかなか見つからない、探すのに1年掛かり最終的にはPaintをしてくれた Harpoonが 「友人のだけど使うなら良いよ!」って譲ってくれたのが11月の初め、一度Avon Tireを組んでいたのを 組み直しMH Tireを入れてみると四角すぎてカッコいい! So, the rear shocks were changed to rigid bars, Borani H model aluminum rims with the front tire being an Avon Speedmaster 3.00-19 and the rearbeing a MH Drag Slick 4/26.6-18. This Drag Slick is Key and very hard tofind and took one year to locate and only because Harpoon, who did thepaint, hard one and said, "It's my friends, but if you want to use it, go for it." That was in November. At first it was Avon tires on front and back but after changing the rear to the MH Tire and seeing the square shape of the tire, it look so cool and so right! マフラーはオリジナルで作り、フロントチューブはCB750のをカットしDrop, ヘッドライトステーは 70'sKawasaki Bikeに使われていた物で当時もカスタム(昔なら改造)にはこのステーを 使っていたと言う物でも今探すとなるとなかなか見つからない。 The exhaust is one-off original, the front tubes are from a CB750 that have been cut to Drop it down, the headlight stays (brackets) are from a 70s Kawasaki Bike from that era which were commonly used or customizing bikes but arenot that easy to find today. でもYahoo やe-bayを探していると何となく見つかるから便利な時代になったと思う。 時代考証をしかっりしようと思えばこうして時間を掛けて探せばしっかり出てくる、後はお金次第。 昔だったら目に入らない物は手に入らなかった。それとフィンのタ ペットカバーとかポイントカバー等も集め、ハンドルはオリジナルを1インチずつ両側をカット (もったいない)、ライト&メーター廻りはオリジナルをそのまま残した。 However, with the assistance of Yahoo JP Auctions or eBay, it has made searching much easier. If you look hard enough and long enough for anything, it's bound to come up. The realpoint is having the money at the right time to buy it. Back in the day, you could only buy what was within literal reach. The fin and tappet cover, the point cover, etc. were collected overtime. The handlebar is original stock that was shortened 1-inch on bothsides (what a waste), the light & gauges are original stock and left inplace. 特にノーマルのヘッドライトはやたら大きいけど70sのDrag Bikeはここに丸いプレートでナンバーが 書いてあったりしたのでその雰囲気を残したかったのとアンバランスのバランスが好きなので 定番の小型ヘッドライトは見送った。 The stock headlight is actually a bit too big but for a 70s Drag Bike, it would have a large round number plate right there so it hasthat feel to it. Trying to balance something that is unbalanced, I did try on a smaller headlight to see how it looked. シートはまったくオリジナル。フレームの幅に細見にマッチしたBest Seat。 Paintは今回のショーにも参加したHarpoon(詳しくはMOON IllustratedMagazine#4に彼の事は 詳しく紹介されています)、 見た人がFreak OutするようなCustom Paintを得意とする彼らしい作品に 仕上がった。 アルミ部分はPolishで磨きあげクローム、Custom Paint, 日本のバイクもカッコいいね! The seat is completely original. I wanted a seat the fit flush as possible to the frame and this was the Best Seat. The paint, as mentioned before, was handled by Harpoon, whom was featured in MOON Illustrated Magazine #4. I wanted a paint job that people would see and Freak Out so I turned to someone that had the ability and I've seen and liked many of the bikes he has painted. Aluminum parts were polished chrome, Custom Paint, and a Japanese bike so it looks cool! ショー会場では1974年に製作されたHonda Step Vanと展示、このStep Vanは2年前他界した Specialty Auto Worksの故鵜川淳氏が製作した物で当時としてはこのPaintで僕らはFreak Outした。 と、70sも悪くないね! At the show, it was on display with a 1974 Honda Step Van. This Step Van was built by the late Jun Ukawa of Specialty Auto Works who passed away two years ago. When I first way this paint job, I freaked out, so it was perfect to show them together. See, the 70s weren't too bad! では 皆さま Merry Xmasです。 I've just been noticed that anothermy closed friend passed away few hour ago because serious ill. Every one who are reading this, please take care of your health. Merry Xmas!!