By Gareth Roberts - 19 Jul 14
Here at the Shed we love a scrambler, so when Nick's super tidy CB350 came our way all eyes turned. Nick grew grew up at muddy scrambles meetings in England’s smallest County, long before motocross was invented and real hairy men rode British bikes with vague approximations of suspension. "I have a passion for all bikes and have an eclectic collection that has filtered into the house!" Twinshock trials riding satisfies Nick's competitive side, maintaining and fettling bikes is his second second nature. He had longed for many years to build a custom bike that was different. "Around five or six years ago two bikes from Untitled appeared in Back Street Heros that really fired up my imagination. Industrial beemers that weren’t dripping in chrome but were "...teutonically hard and edgy." The Dragon Tattoo bike finally pushed him over the edge. A donor CB350 was sourced on ebay, and Nick began to recreate the Dragon Tattoo bike, but it's compact stance and Nick's whole six feet caused him to rethink. A donor CB350 was sourced on ebay, and Nick began to recreate the Dragon Tattoo bike, but it's compact stance and Nick's whole six feet caused him to rethink. Nick cites his influences as broad as "Steve McQueen, The Bike Shed cc, English Street Scramblers built by Triumph and BSA, Super Motard, The Ride..." He wanted simplistic pleasing lines and for the bike to to remain practical and useable. He also needed the CB to handle as well as look good. His original plan was hardcore grunge but he ended up with something more handsome, "...almost pretty." The seat was recovered by P&D customs situated in a neighbouring Sussex village. They used the original base so Nick could retain the seat lock and hinges to give easy access to the battery and electrics. The seat and tank lock had to be replaced and the team at David Silver spares proved to be immensely helpful. The tank was painted in Nick's village. The winged Honda logo came from the American E-bay site and most other bought components from the UK site. Copper plating was from another local source. Nick fabricated any other components and brackets that were needed. The engine and cycle parts have all been refurbished. The twin silencers? ".... are very loud!" Nick is really happy with the handling, it's "...surefooted and this bike loves bends. The sound and look always attracts attention." He's enjoyed himself too. "Building the bike has been a great project, a personal challenge and an immense learning curve and I’m looking forward to the next one." This is a terrific build that's retained the classic lines of an old school scrambler with great attention to detail, thanks to Nick for sharing it with us and we look forward to seeing his next build.