Micheal Mundy of Steel Bent Customs pumps out some of the coolest builds and the 78 CB550 named Ridaho is no exception. I have been following Mike since he first starting building. The first bike I saw from him was the 75 Honda CB360 nicknamed the “6ER”. Riders at the time were looking for ways to stripped down bike and create a cafe racer / tracker look. As a result the cafe racer and scrambler scenes gain traction in the US. Since hit first build, Mike has made Steel Bent Customs one of the premiere custom shops in the country.
Steel Bent Customs 78 CB550 “Ridaho”
The platform for Steel Bent Customs “Ridaho” is a 1978 Honda CB550. The CB550, in my opinion, is one of the greatest bikes to ride. Its bigger than a CB350, yet lighter than the CB750 making it a great around town bike. The CB550 engine has good power which makes it quick enough to get up an move but not to bulky.
Up front on the bike, Mike went with a dual dominator twin 4″ headlight setup. The dual headlights give it a unique scrambler / tracker look. The stock gauges were replaced with a set of chrome mini gauges. This all results in a more simplistic look yet very functional. The exhaust he switched out to a 4 into 1 system and finished it off with a SuperTrapp muffler.
The subframe was redesigned with a flip up style hoop and fitted with a custom made seat. The rear suspension was upgraded to set of piggy back shocks to help absorb whatever the rider throws at it. Additionally, the black powder coated wheels, where wrapped with a set of knobby tires.
As a result of Mike’s vision, a go anywhere machine was created. Whether you want to zip around town, o on a longer ride or see that dirt trail calling your name, the “Ridaho” will handle it. For more of Mike’s builds, go check out Steel Bent Customs http://www.steelbentcustoms.com
Photos Courtesy of Erick Runyon Photography