Lys Motorcycles builds a carbon-clad CBX…
The Honda CBX1000 remains one of our favorite Japanese motorcycles of all time. While the stock machine didn’t have the handling some expected from Honda’s first six-cylinder production bike, the GP-bred engine was simply a masterpiece: six 28mm Keihin carbs, 24 valves, and more than 100 horsepower on tap. It was directly descended from the shrieking 250cc Honda 6’s of the Mike Hailwood days, which reigned supreme in the 250cc and 350cc Gran Prix championships of the mid-1960s, stealing the thunder of Yamaha two-strokes and MV Agustas.
Like the CB750 of a decade previous, the CBX put Honda at the cutting edge of two-wheeled development.
“The CBX weighed around 600 pounds wet, which meant it wasn’t a lightweight, but a serious motorcycle with tremendous performance and technical bravado from Honda’s golden years as the innovator of the motorcycle industry.”
In 1981, Honda repositioned the CBX as a sport tourer, adding Pro-Link (monoshock) rear suspension, air-adjustable forks, a fairing, optional panniers, and other a slightly stronger frame. Given the bike’s heft and power, the changes made sense, but over the years, many riders, racers, and fabricators have longed for a sportier, more streamlined CBX.
Enter our friend Dimitri from France’s Lys Motorcycles, whose Yamaha TR1 build we recently featured. Builders are often constrained by the budget, desires, and taste of a client…so it’s always liberating to build a bike just for themselves, with no one to answer to but themselves and the vision they have in their mind. For Dimitri, this is one of those builds, and we’re thrilled to unveil it today.
“This is a personal build. I built it to take to different events, but due to the pandemic, this bike as never been featured in a show.”
The donor is a 1982 Honda CBX-C, which featured Pro-Link suspension and other sport touring improvements. However, little of the original CBX is left. Up front, it’s now running Ohlins forks from an Aprilia, complete with Brembo radial brakes and billet yokes with an integrated Motogadget speedometer.
The swingarm is from a Ducati 1098, which required a ton of fabrication work to the rear suspension, and Dimitri designed and laser-cut the rearsets as he did with his recent TR1 build.
The homemade tail section and modified tank are covered in carbon fiber, and Dimitri’s friend “Didoo” laid down the gold leaf striping with two layers of clear on top.
Though the engine is mainly stock, it’s now running FCR33 racing carbs and a custom 6-into-1 exhaust from Irnox Motors.
Overall, this is one truly stunning CBX. We hope Dimitri gets to take it to the shows it deserves in 2022!
Modification List: In the Builder’s Words
- Ohlins forks from an Aprilia.
- Brembo radial brakes.
- Billet top and bottom triple trees with integration of a Motogadget mini speedo.
- Swingarm from a Ducati 1098.
- Lot of fabrication work to the subframe and suspension linkages.
- Rearsets designed by me, then laser cut.
- Homemade rear cowl.
- Gas tank modified with a Monza gas cap.
- Cowl and gas tank are covered with real carbon fiber, four layers of resin.
- My friend “Didoo” did the gold leaf decoration, then two layers of clear coat.
- The engine is almost stock, new gaskets, valves shims, etc.
- New paint.
- The carbs are FCR33 racing carbs. The noise is really cool.
- The 6-into-1 header and exhaust are custom-made by Irnox motors.
- Electronic is new, custom harness, lithium battery, M-unit, M lock, Motogadget switches.
- The seat is made by AdC Sellerie and hides the M lock.