Whitcraft Services 002
Careful attention was paid to sourcing very high quality components to upgrade the suspension and brakes far beyond their original capabilities - this bike was crafted to perform at the vintage motorcycle races.
Beginning with a solid motor and de-tabbed frame, all other parts were binned in favor of vintage racing components.
The heads received a light polish and port and dual Dellorto carbs and velocity stacks were attached. Charlie’s Place of California provided a modern electronic ignition system, mated to an Accel Super Coil. A super lightweight 4-cell Antigravity battery is wired to the Honda as a total loss electrical system. Capellini’s oil cooler outlet plate was mounted and full AN fitted hoses were run to an alloy bracketed Setrab rear mounted oil cooler. A 6061 Aluminum crankcase breather outlets into an AHRMA spec full catch can system. A weight-saving custom, straight-through small diameter dual exhaust with megaphone outlets were utilized. Tannermatic fiberglass CR93 replica fairing, seat, belly pan, front fender and long gas tank were finished in 1969 Jaguar E-type British Racing Green. A Monza style flip up cap was added to the gas tank. A 13,000 RPM redline Scitsu tach is nestled in the period correct Glass From The Past bubble windshield.
Buchanan’s wheels built up a set of Borrani rims around a 230mm 4-leading shoe Ceriani brake up front and a Honda CB160 brake and hub in back, and were wrapped in Avon Roadrider race compound tires. Motobits alloy rearsets replace all the old steel Honda pieces.
After fitting proper roller bearings, a custom milled triple tree was made to interface the massive Ceriani 35mm GP style (with modern internals) front forks to the Honda’s frame. A modern steering stabilizer is utilized and mounted with alloy bracketing. Custom milled alloy brake stays and fender mounts were fabricated in house with the assistance of Jim Garrison. At the rear, modern YSS shocks handle the dampening duties. Italian made vintage integrated clip-ons with dual-pull brake lever and clutch lever were mounted and a Domino racing throttle was added.
Careful sourcing and mating of as many vintage replica and NOS race parts as could be unearthed has led to an extremely lightweight, usable race bike whose chassis far outperforms the original, and whose motor should last many races with normal maintenance. Not to mention the smart looks of a classic racer.