Ever since I laid eyes on the Honda CBX while flipping through my dad’s motorcycle magazines in the 80’s, I was intrigued. The sheer size of the engine with it’s 6 tube header had me. Being such a large and somewhat bulky bike, it’s an unlikely candidate for a custom build. Well German Karp and Federico Lozada of Herencia Garage hailing from Argentina have tackled this beast. When I saw this machine, being a streetfighter lover, the styling caught my eye. The Herencia Garage Honda CBX is a true to form streetfighter with it’s aggressive looks.
The Honda CBX was known for it sheer power but has several downfalls such as the frame and suspension. To over come these shortfalls, they have changed quite a bit on this bike. The front end was swapped out to a USD fork setup, front wheel and brakes from a Yamaha FZ8. The swing-arm is also from the FZ8 but posed a few design issues. The sub-frame had to be widened to compensate for the larger swing-arm and new upper shocks mounts fabricated. The rear shock is now a mono-shock setup that is fully adjustable and tucked up under the seat for a clean look.
The other major complaint of the CBX was the frame rigidity. Riders often complained that the frame flexed under the power of the CBX engine. German and Federico went to town on the frame by adding structural support, removing all the stock engine mounts and custom machining new billet aluminum ones. These modification now more then handle the power of the engine without the frame flex.
With all the new frame modifications, they knew they could do some performance modifications now. The stock cards were thrown away and upgraded with a set of Keihin CR Carburetors. Seeing 6 Keihin CR carbs in a row on a motorcycle is pretty mind blowing. One of my favorite parts of this bike has got to be the exhaust. They custom fabricated a 6 into 6 stainless system that reminds me of some of the old Kawasaki 2 stroke exhausts with a bit of MotoGP styling. The be able to get this system to tuck up under the bike and exit out the sides took quite a bit of design and engineering but they pulled it off.
The actual bodywork of the bike at first glance seems to be pretty stock. The tank is completely stock with the exception of the gas cap and vent. The distinctive boxy tail section and light are still there but the it was shortened a bit and fitted with a custom seat. Up front is a one off custom aluminum headlight fairing and LED lights. The fairing I think has the cool styling of a flat track number plate. The handlebars were upgraded to a set of Pro Taper and the gauges replaced with a single KOSO unit.
After looking at this bike over and over again, this is one of the coolest Honda CBX’s I have seen. German and Federico created a stunning custom out of the unlikely CBX candidate. The Herencia Garage Honda CBX has great classic style combined with a strteetfighter look and performance to match. Be sure to go check out more of their builds on their website.
Herencia Garage Honda CBX Streetfighter Photos (Courtesy of Pablo Franco):