Do Something Cool
Yantosh, the Scottish machinist and tireless bike builder behind the underground streetfighter production line that is otherwise known as ‘Blunt Force Trauma’ is no stranger to the e-pages of Worldwide Bomber. And, judging by his recent form, he’s not going to be disappearing off our radar at any point time soon, as this is yet another of his builds, albeit one that came around in a different, but very cool, way.
Some years ago, Yantosh’s good mate and tattooist, Neil, parked his Honda CB1300 into some roadside furniture, and with the damage that it sustained it subsequently ended up languishing in the back of his tattoo studio, unloved and unfixed. The short-term plan had been for Yantosh to fix it up in a funky, exciting non-standard kind of way, although Neil had never decided exactly what kind of style that he wanted it, and he also suffered from fate dealing him a few bad hands, resulting in a loss of any kind of enthusiasm towards getting the big Honda back on the road. After a not inconsiderate amount of time (months rather than days, and rather a few more months than just one or two) this ended with the bike being handed over to Yantosh with “You do something cool with it!” being Neil’s parting non-committal comment regarding the CB.
So as far as Neil was concerned, that was it. The Honda had moved on to pastures new, to have new life breathed into its four cylinder heart, and to live out a long and healthy life with someone else. But Yantosh was convinced that Neil didn’t actually want to lose the bike, so the coolest thing he could think of doing was to build it for him and to sneak it back to whence it came, all without Neil’s knowledge. And so ensued seven months of mistruths, deception and misinformation – which wasn’t as easy as it sounds with someone as astute as Neil…
The CB1300 is a big ol’ beast, but Yantosh had seen pics of the bikes competing in the Monsters Race championship in France, where just about the only regulations are that the bikes are naked… Anything else goes! And with a bit of careful thought and some appropriate parts, the ‘uge ‘Onda can be made to look rather svelte and sporty.
The front forks had snapped in the original incident, so a GSX-R750 front end was commandeered, a pair of new triple yokes were made by Yan the Man, the top one being of a stepped design to deal with the Suzuki forks’ lack of length. At the other end, Yantosh had the opportunity to test the tube bender and jig that he'd just made, with the creation of that beautiful tubular aluminum swinger, of which Yan is, quite rightly, very proud. The rear shock was initially bought for Yan’s Bandikat, then fitted to Callum’s Blade (both of which have been seen here on WWB) and as a FireBlade had actually been copied for the linkage mounts for the CB’s monoshock conversion, it was deemed to be an ideal candidate.
A seat unit was donated by Chris ‘Radiobloke’ Withey (remember his Honda Blackbird, aka the ‘Fatbird’?), after being rejected from his long term Spondon build. The subframe idea was to have the black steel frame flowing into the polished ally subframe, without any big obvious brackets. Great in theory, but as soon as Yan started, the flaw in his plan was glaringly obvious - he could build it, in situ, but it'd never separate to be able to remove the removable subframe! Thus the construction of a five piece subframe. Yes, five separate pieces… but the end result is as planned – an aluminium tubular subframe that flows seamlessly into the CB frame’s steel subframe mounts.
The Street Monsters theme dictated a front number board and no lights, and the paint scheme was to have an equally race-inspired look, although the tank is actually remarkably similar to standard. That race bike inspiration extended to the foot pegs and controls, as well as the clip-on bars with their bespoke fittings to match the trick top yoke. The resulting riding position is a bit more ‘race’ than ‘road’, but Yan can always make a new top yoke with mounts for conventional bars if needs be.
The radiator that’d been damaged in the crash was replaced by one sourced from China, while the standard exhaust headers were treated to a significantly lighter end can than standard in the form of a Two Brothers silencer that’d been one of a pair from a twin can system. While the can is actually surprisingly mild in terms of volume, the lack of airbox does give a fruity increase in intake roar!
As always seems to be the case with a BFT build, there were issues with the paint. The plan was simple – stay with a standard-ish look on the tank, with the rest being complimentary and appropriate to the race bike vibe. Deeks did a fine job with prepping all the bodywork, before handing it over to the painter, who was just about to go on his holidays… it appears that he did little more than thin down whatever paint was in his gun, as the end result not only peeled off, but left a surface that every other type of paint reacted to. Bugger. Fortunately, Yan had some matt black vinyl to hand, sorted! As is often the case, Yan’s mate English Neil sorted out the wiring,
And, after all that work, and having stood for all those years previously, nothing more than a splash of fresh fuel and a stab on the starter saw it fired up and ticking over! Yes, it is still a Honda!
And the bike is now back with Neil, who had remained totally oblivious to the work being done to his bike, and who was understandably rather lost for words when the bike was handed back to him. Although he must admit, that Yantosh did indeed “Do something cool with it!”
2003 Honda CB1300, stock motor, airbox removed, Ramair filters, standard exhaust headers with BFT link pipe, Two Brothers can.
2003 CB1300, stock subframe chopped and converted to monoshock, one-off aluminum subframe, one-off BFT rearsets.
GSX-R750 forks, wheels & discs, BFT triple trees, Nissin 4 pot calipers, HEL brake lines, billet clip-on bars, Renthal grips, CB1300 master cylinders, only switchgear is the single CB1300 horn button, Koso clocks.
BFT swinging arm & torque arm, CBF1000 shock, R1 wheel & caliper, disc from ebay, EK chain, Renthal sprocket.
GSX-R750 front fender, one-off numberboard, CB1300 fuel tank, BFT seat base with custom cover, RS250 race tail unit.
CB1300 loom & ignition.
Paint & polish:
White & red paint by Deeks, pretty much all the ally polishing by BFT and Big Tam.
Triple trees, subframe, swingarm, wheel spacers, rearsets, monoshock conversion, number plate mount, battery tray, link pipe all by Yantosh at Blunt Force Trauma.
“Wullie at Dynotech Ecosse; Callum; Deeks; Simon, Big Tam; RB; Lynda & Dylan; Seb from Sebspeed; Coco; Martin Johnston.”