Once I was a child, my skateboard took me in all places. It was a chunky Variflex (that’s all I may get in our small city), full with neon rails and a tail guard. I couldn’t do a kick flip and I may barely ollie—however I may go anyplace, and I had enjoyable alongside the way in which.
Lately I trip bikes, however the vibe hasn’t modified; wheels equal freedom, with a dab of self-expression thrown in for good measure. And that’s the thought behind this dope little customized Honda CRF250L, constructed by Deus ex Machina Japan.
Impressed by a scrambler constructed by Deus’ Bali outpost, the client on this undertaking needed one thing to revive the passions of his youth. “When speaking about customized builds, you discover concerning the buyer’s hobbies, tastes, occupations and childhood recollections,” says our man at Deus Japan, Lloyd Seino. “You then understand that these customized requests are sometimes generated by one’s mid-life story of self-reflection.”
With the temporary locked in, the client had one remaining request. “He added, ‘let’s mount a skateboard rack on it whereas we’re at it’,” says Lloyd.
Deus Japan’s head wrench, Tomoyuki Soeda, began off with a inventory Honda CRF250L. The wildly widespread dual-sport is understood for being mild and sensible, but additionally extremely dependable. Excellent for the wants of this scrambler undertaking.
Soeda-san stripped the CRF250L down, ditching all of the plastics, save for the OEM fork guards. Then it was time to re-dress the plucky little single.
The Honda’s new outfit makes use of a mixture of aluminum items, and new elements fashioned utilizing fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP)—an more and more widespread alternative on customized bikes. Deus Japan used FRP for the CRF’s asymmetrical facet covers, and its vintage-inspired headlight nacelle. A pair of mismatched LED headlights pokes out the entrance.
The ‘gasoline tank’ is one other FRP half, nevertheless it’s actually only a cowl. Hiding beneath it’s the Honda’s OEM gasoline cell, accessible by way of a classic-style polished fuel cap.
Popping in opposition to the clear off-white backdrop of the bodywork is a group of polished aluminum elements. Tomoyuki fabricated a brand new radiator shroud (on the left), and a customized electronics field (on the proper), which additionally now homes the ignition. Classic enduro-style fenders sit at each ends.
Hand-bent metal protectors adorn the left and proper of the bike. Tomoyuki additionally made a brand new bracket for the inventory speedo, and a mount for the entrance fender.
Out again, the body’s been shortened and looped to match the CRF’s slim new artificial leather-based seat. Behind it, an LED taillight sits in a customized housing that additionally acts as a plate mount. The remainder of the mods are minimal and tasteful.
Deus Japan saved the inventory handlebars, however fitted them with new grips and a single rear-view mirror. The suspension and wheels are inventory too, however contemporary Shinko rubber has been spooned on. A Yoshimura muffler rounds out the elements spec.
One in all our favourite mods takes a few passes to identify. Take a look at the gear shifter, and also you’ll discover that Tomoyuki has welded a brake lever to it, pointed backwards, to behave as a heel shifter.
And sure, the shopper obtained his skateboard rack too. It sits on the left facet of the bike, and is designed to accommodate a cruiser-sized board. A strap retains the board safe, and the entire thing may be eliminated with a few socket wrenches.
To some, cruising round on customized scrambler with a skateboard strapped to it smells like a mid-life disaster. However to us, it simply seems to be like essentially the most enjoyable you possibly can have on six wheels.