Custom Honda VT1100.

When I was contacted by Charlie Giordano, owner of Von Braun Precision Exhaust, a 2-year old company specializing in high end exhaust mufflers for Harley-Davidson touring motorcycles (that you can also fit on other bikes via slip-fit adapters), he was somewhat surprised when I told him that I never heard about his company or products. A custom bike being one sure way to build brand notoriety and image, he built this custom Honda VT1100, hoping that it will tease you emough to make you jump to his website  to discover his very radical touring mufflers

Named “John Henry”, a tribute to the famous builder of railroads, this custom VT1100 Honda is described by Charlie as an exercise in returning what he considers a quintessential yuppie-biker motorcycle “to the voodoo of riding: emotions, reactions, and responses that only seem to exist when riding.” For this purpose, he got rid of a truckload of non necessary factory parts stating that he wanted to “liberate the rider from superfluous distractions.” Most customization hours were spent on jeweling aluminum body pieces, Charlie adding a right-side Hurst jockey shifter for changing gears, a horn from a 1927 Studebaker and a frame mounted “elixir” bottle with petcock & fuel line. Just to add some fun, history and character to his Japanese contraption. The mufflers? Now you know they are from Von Braun Precision Exhaust

24 Responses to “Custom Honda VT1100.”

  1. 1 Boss Hawg Nov 14th, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Son of gun…this thing should looks like it would rocket down the road.

    Some nice pipes on Von Braun’s site to.

    Boss Hawg

  2. 2 Jester Nov 14th, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Nice. A little bit too fat lines for my taste.

  3. 3 Romano Nov 14th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Great bike, but too many bottles on it! To be simplified.

  4. 4 Shifter Nov 14th, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Very wild mufflers on their website.

  5. 5 Seven Nov 14th, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Like everything but the back of the saddle.

  6. 6 R. Fosterer Nov 14th, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Ditto Seven. Looks like a big fat tongue.

  7. 7 B. Kelley Nov 14th, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Would like to try this one on the Bonneville Salts.

  8. 8 Hamilton Nov 14th, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Manufacturers continue to put their brand name in big letters on their products? Why? Big ego? A reason why I don’t buy such parts.

  9. 9 CafeSportyTC Nov 14th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    reminds me of the motorcycle on a Lucasarts Computer game called Full Thottle with all those mufflers. otherwise very interesting!

  10. 10 eBikerLeather Nov 14th, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Everything looks great, except for the back!

  11. 11 richard Nov 14th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I usually do not make negative comments about various designs, styles; and generly not a “custom” fan. However, in this case I am making an exception. I feel that there is nothing appealing about this bike.

  12. 12 Tannis Nov 14th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Richard stated exactly the way I feel about this bike- but in much nicer words than I would have used.

  13. 13 Septic the Sceptic Nov 14th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    The incorrect answer to a question that should never have been asked.

  14. 14 Blackmax Nov 14th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    An exericse in excess, but again, it’s his $$$$…..
    I’ve seen the products here & there, never heard one live, but very interesting on their site.
    Crazy platform to use a metric, but it at least looks like it’ll run like a scalded dog.
    take to the salt & let us know what it does

  15. 15 MADrider Nov 14th, 2012 at 8:18 pm


  16. 16 Spike Nov 14th, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    My favorite part on that bike is the number plane. One of a Kind!

  17. 17 Bshirk Nov 15th, 2012 at 1:22 am

    WTF is that?? Just ugly & kind of silly too.

  18. 18 VTSpeed Nov 15th, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Like it.

  19. 19 upswept Nov 15th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Yeah, but isn’t it still a Honda?

  20. 20 Dragon Nov 15th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    The Honda, just ok. The mufflers, better.

  21. 21 Electra Guy Nov 15th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    They sell Harley touring mufflers and build a custom Honda. Go figure…

  22. 22 George Davenport Nov 15th, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Not my style but I appreciate the work done.

  23. 23 Kroeter Nov 16th, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Too many extras covering up the cool bike underneath, but to each his own. Props to the builder for putting it together.

  24. 24 Carl La Fong Jan 2nd, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Comprehensively unattractive. Everything about it reeks of stupidity. The seat looks like a bedpan

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