Custom Honda CBX1000: thinning touring from Mandrill GarageAugust 20, 2019
By the order of one collector, a motorcycle from the 70s underwent significant alteration by the masters of Mandrill Garage from Beijing. As a result, the classic superbike with a restored engine has become much easier.
Honda launched the CBX1000 in 1978, positioning it as the fastest production bike. Shoichiro Irimajiri (in those years he worked as an engineer of Formula 1) developed a massive two-cylinder 24-valve engine with two overhead camshafts for the model. However, its power is 105 hp. did not smooth out the “heavy” management.
Mandrill took on the customization of the 1981 tour CBX1000 – CBX-B. Unlike its more athletic cousin, this model is equipped with a Pro-Link Monoshock suspension, an adjustable 39mm fork and full fairings. As a result, the masters of the motorcycle removed everything except the engine and chassis.
So, the tail section was noticeably shortened, a lighter Kawasaki ZRX pendulum, double shock absorbers, an inverted Showa fork and new wheels with spokes were installed. Brembo radial calipers and 320 mm floating discs provide the best braking power for a 226 kg motorcycle.
As for the restored 1,074 cc engine, Mandrill did not modify it in any way. More than 100 “horses” and now is enough. But the oil cooler was replaced by a modern system, and now there are two exhaust systems. In general, the aluminum structure has become less angular.
But most importantly, the CBX-B has become more functional and enjoyable to drive. And although it is not the fastest production motorcycle, it does cause satisfaction from the trip and admiration for one glance at it.
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