From Dimitri Hettinga in Amsterdam, the man behind Goodspeed 500 car park racing, and now distributing the Super step-through in Europe.
Back to square one. What to do when you have a Super Cub frame laying around, a tuned and flowed 22 bhp 150cc engine, racing tires, rims and other bits and bobs? Turn it into a ‘non’ run of the mill city sled! The inspiration ranged from pre war JAP speedway bikes to post Nazi NSU’s. Ad a touch of Bonneville salt and a sip of Bergringrennen beer..and there you go…
We started off with chopping up the frame, the fabrication of the ducktail and welding a tube between the headstock and the fuel tank. This tube now functions a 250 ml reserve fuel tank. Most time was spent on the prep of the frame. Three full days of grinding, sanding and priming. The frame was sent off to the painter, and swinging arm and rims to the powder coater.
The last and most vital part was still missing. The exhaust. And we definitely wanted a JAP style pipe on it. Shipping Tools in Zaandam, quoted 50 Euros for one and 70 for 2 exhausts. After many hours of fitting, adjusting and tinkering the exhaust was ready. We paid 50 for it but the offer for a second one was withdrawn. Quite understandably so, because the guy did spend some serious hours on it. A second would now cost us 150 euro’s. Which I think is still a bargain for a hand made stainless steel exhaust. I strongly recommend them.
In November the bike will be sent off to Milan and will be shown during the Eicma show at Officina Mermaid, the Italian distributor of our Super 120s.
If you want to see it in the flesh you might bump into us next year at the Bonneville Speedweek. We are planning to do a few runs on the salt flats. We might even challenge the class record. You never know…
Many thanks goes to Jaap Volkers, the best Honda 4 stroke & derivatives mechanic in The Netherlands and the fabricator/welder of the frame. Without him this bike would not have seen the light of day.