Background. Last Fall, Southern California based Honda Research & Development Americas asked 3 of its young designers to build custom motorcycles based on the 2010 Honda VT1300 series (all models are less than $11,000 and use the excellent 52-degree 1312cc liquid-cooled V-Twin engine with overhead cam, two spark plugs per cylinder and three valves per cylinder) Briefing included a time frame of only 3 months and just 2 requirements. Bikes had to be full on runners and stay true to the Honda core direction of the vehicle. A different style for each designer: Bagger, Chopper and Pro Drag or Pro Street. You are looking at the work of 33-year old designer Eric Dunshee, a gorgeous bagger whose lines are not only superb but redefine the concept of low long distance riding.
And when you will know, contrary to what you may think, that frame, swingarm, VT 1300cc engine and gas tank are kept stock, you will agree with me. that this conversion is quite amazing. In addition to a flawless looking simple but very sophisticated body work, very low stance is provided via a radical air ride adjustable front and rear suspension with maximum 6″ ride height and minimum 2.25″ when lowered. Tricky Air & Billet provided the new prototype front air-suspension with new 5 degree trees and hidden air lines. Other main features include a 23” custom designed front wheel, a custom crossover exhaust system, composite coated narrow track front rotor with 6-piston caliper, black controls by Accutronix, navigation/multi media head unit with GPS speed display, a 500-watt sound system with 2 speakers and a 10″ subwoofer. Paint is 2-tone satin/metallic black & pearl.
Eric Dunshee has a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design from Savannah College of Art & Design, has worked for Electrolux of Sweden /(Bombardier Recreational Products (Can-Am/Sea-Doo/Ski-Doo/Rotax) before joining Honda Americas 2 years ago. A fabulous custom job for his first Honda project and I can’t wait to see what he is going to come up with next time his employer gives him only 3 months to make the Honda badge as or more attractive than the Harley logo on a CVO model. I will feature the Honda Chopper and Pro-street during the next couple of weeks. Honda Motorcycles (pictures copyright and courtesy Honda R&D Americas, Inc. for Cyril Huze)