The ladies you always see near Jim’s Giuffra’s AFT custom bikes are not only doing a modeling job. They are wrenching his bikes under his supervision. Yes, they are forming sheet metal, welding, assembling and in the case of this custom Honda VT 750 BR named “Halia”, one of them even of this ladies went to Bonneville to race it. Jim is probably the most well known Metric custom builder among his fellow American V-Twin fellow builders. Not only because of his feminine entourage but because of his original work on metric machines that very few of us know very well.
On this project, the Honda Street Tracker frame was heavily modified , fenders & side covers were hand formed out of aluminum, a one-off gas tank was fabricated out of sheets of steel and the hideous metric bike radiator was hidden. “Halia”(name of a Greek nymph) rolls on spoke wheels (19′ front, 18” rear) dressed in Avon ( 20/70 x 19 front, 180/55 x 18 rear), slowed by a 6-piston Beringer caliper in front and the Honda drum brake in rear. Internals of the Honda VT 750 BR engine were untouched, but the motor went through a beauty treatment with powder coated rocker boxes. Fellow builder and painter Kirk Taylor spayed the bike and created the artwork. AFT Customs. (photography copyright Onno Wieringa for AMD Championship Of Bike Building)