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