Racebike

Simply Fantastic CB160 Racer.


Another outstanding build from regular contributor Ken Fontenot and our friends at Cycle Sports of Houston. If I wasn’t too big for these little Honda’s I’d build one tomorrow.

Here it is with the recently posted Suzuki 2 stroke.  That’s a hell of a nice set!

Suzuki GT500 & Honda CB160

That exhaust is a work of art.
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Here are a few pics of the Honda CB160 Road Racer we have been building alongside the Suzuki GT500 for the last year. A few pics and a short Bio:

Honda ’68 CB160 Road Racer

A customer of ours decided he wanted to have fun doing some vintage racing. He looked at options and decided that the guys racing the Honda 160’s were having the most fun of all the classes in AHMRA (American Historic Motorcycle Racing Association) so he decided to find a bike and have something built. He found a stock ’68 Honda CB160 in San Diego in absolutly terrible condition, rusted badly and everything locked up. It was delivered to our shop here in Houston and we began by dissassembling the entire bike and evaluating everything…..it needed everything. We sandblasted the frame, cut off most of the unneeded parts, painted it gloss black and put it on a lift. From there we started either replacing, repainting, replating or refurbishing every part, nuts and bolts included as we put them back on.
Mark Shim owns several restaurants and when he is not riding one of the bikes in his collection or racing them he displays them in his restaurants…..Ya know, like art. So we decided this was going to be a VERY nice race bike with lots of attention to detail. We rebuilt the engine completely, put in 2mm oversize, higher compression pistons, new valve train, and replaced lots of worn out parts and did a lot more custom work that we won’t discuss. We painted the engine cases satin black, covers gloss black or polished, sanded the fins down and had a nice engine to bolt back in.
Mark handed a seat/tailsection to us that he bought years ago and said this is the color scheme. We painted the tank black & yellow to match, ordered a Dunstall 1/4 fairing, painted it, made custom brackets and bolted it all up. We had Shane Davis at graphtec make a set of tanks badges with the old dodge “Super Bee” as a guideline changed up to look like Mark with his vintage shorty helmet and goggles he likes to wear. They set the tank off really well! Thanks Shane!
We used slightly modified stock carbs, painted and polished them and got a set of really nice velocity stacks. John Easton over at Jemco Exhaust systems, down the street from us built a killer looking Exhaust system, had it nickel plated and I must say, its the best sounding 160 I have ever heard! He made a jig if anyone wants one of these systems he can build one for you. He can be reached at 713-461-3834.
We found some nice aluminum rims, powdercoated them gloss black, installed stainless spokes, race spec Avon vintage tires and wheels were ready. We found a ’74 TA-125 Yamaha road race front suspension, rebuilt it, made a few modifications, installed some tapered roller bearings, installed a set of Hagon rear shocks, new swingarm bushings and we had suspension. We rebuilt all the brakes, and made the hardware look as good as the rest of the bike. Marc LaNoue at Metal Cutting Specialties did all the waterjet work on the brake hubs and chainguard. Moto-Bits provided a set of rearsets that work really nice. All new handlebar controls, new cables, grips and kill switch and after about a year of messaging the rest of the parts and safety wiring everything we had a race spec ’68 Honda CB160 race bike that seems to work really well on the track and looks good on display. When not at the race track it can be seen at Kapop restaurant in Houston texas.
Thanks to all of our friends who helped with the build and a special thanks to Mike Valdez for setting up studio and taking the photos for us!

Ken Fontenot & Jeff Wisenbaker
Cycle Sports Ltd of Houston
http://www.cyclesportsofhouston.com

A Sweet Honda CB175 set up for Land Speed Racing!


Vincient Fyie sends in another of his builds (he’s been a regular on here several times) that I like almost more than words will convey! Talk about a great break from convention! Great build Vincent!

He writes in:

This is the latest bike I put together for my granddaughter to race. Built for the Overhead Cam Twin ECTA class at the “Ohio Mile” in Wilmington, Ohio. Class had an “open” record so she is now the record holder! Did something a little different on the seat and it got a lot of attention at last week’s meet. Just got the bike together so no work on the engine yet.

A fantastic Henk Van Kessel 50cc 2 stroke racer. Like a little piece of motorcycle jewelry.


I confess to lifting these pictures straight from this great ADV Rider thread. They are too good not to post. For those who don’t know much about the early days of Moto GP and the significance of the early 2 stroke small cc bikes I highly recommend a book called “Stealing Speed”. It’s a well researched story of industrial espionage, spy vs spy and the end of WWII and German rocket science all rolled into one.

And here is the man himself.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Henk van Kessel (born on June 25, 1946) is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He won the 1974 F.I.M. 50 cc world championship. He won seven Grand Prix races during his lengthy career.
Nationality Dutch
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1972 – 1976, 1978 – 1986
First race 1972 50cc Swedish Grand Prix
Last race 1986 Baden-Württemberg Grand Prix
First win 1974 50cc French Grand Prix
Last win 1979 50cc Belgian Grand Prix
Team(s) Kreidler
Championships 50cc – 1974
Starts 87 Wins 7 Podiums 25 Poles 0 F. laps Points422

The Stan Keyes “Cyco Cycle” Norton Racebike(s).


Known Stan a while now. He builds a hell of a bike. I think this is the one he podiumed on at the Daytona vintage races a few years back. Oh and that’s the Land speed record setting CX Honda in the background.

Here’s another one of his street builds..

And since I know someone will ask (and I can’t find my old post on the bike for some reason), here’s the LSR bike that he rode but did not build.

Another Exquisite Honda 500 Flattracker from Metro Racing!


It’s hard to believe that a bike that looks that great is actually being raced regularly!  The latest from “Donzilla” at Metro Racing!

Hey Steve;

I used this 500 Honda in a VMC Racing Frame this Saturday for a calendar shoot. It is the current points leader in the AMA National Vintage Dirt Track series in the 500 Masters class piloted by Craig Estelle. It’s next stop on the circuit will be at AMA Vintage Days in Ashland Ohio on Saturday the 21st.

Enjoy, Don

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