BORN IN JAPAN IN 1996, this Honda VT600 now has escaped its own shadow and had started a new life as an old style Salt Racer inspired beauty amongst the Swiss Alps.
It took a Swiss mechanic to turn this nearly thirty year old cruiser into the ‘Silberpfeil’ it is today.
Interestingly the VT600 are usually great donor bikes when you want to build a Bobber. It has all the characteristics that will allow a builder to achieve this with minor modifications. Just strip it bare, get rid of all the plastic that comes with the bike and you are well on your way.
Still even as a Bobber there are plenty examples of Honday Shadow projects that have not managed to create a head-turner. Patrick Rohr of ‘Angry Motors’ has managed to forge something quite of the ordinary and give this cloud a silver lining. It is hard not to give the bike a good second look when it passed you in the street.
We like the overall look of the bike and the daring step to turn it into the racer it is now. However, there are a few minor points that could possibly have created an even sharper look. The silver exhaust wrap fits the design, but wrapping all the way up to the silencer and displaying a gape when looking at the bike from the front makes is look as if the builder was in a bit of hurry to ‘call it a wrap’.
We would have loved to see pictures of the bike being ridden, as the footrests are still in the original forward position. A bit to close for comfort to Bobber style to be typified as salt racer, but it may well be that a ‘knee forward’ position is to unpractical for riding the Honda on regular roads.
When we enquire with the builder about the riding position he retorts: “Unexpected comfortable even when there is almost no travel (about 1 inch on the rear). I am 186cm, but admitted it may be not the same when you`re smaller. The reach is pretty stretched.”
When interviewed Patrick told us he was looking for a ‘new challenge regarding bike modification’. The adventure he set out on definitely led him down an adventurous mountain path. But we are very happy he decided to embark on the journey that brought us this magnificent machine.
He bought the ’96 Honda at a good price on the internet and wanted to spend no more than CHF. 6.000 (approximately € 5.400) on the project. He managed to stay within budget by doing nearly all the work on the bike himself.
“The only work which was outsourced was the powder coating”, according to the Angry Motors proprietor. “There was a moment however, I wished I had given the someone else the job of replacing the electrics which are hidden under the seat. It is quite a nightmare having to work within the very limited space made available in the original design.”
“I wanted to have as much of a clean line as possible and hide the wiring and other electrical stuff as much as I could.”
Having commented on the few points we do not particularly like earlier in this piece, it is also fair to mention that we are fans of all the all the stainless steel braided wiring Patrick added to the VT600. It looks really good and fits seamlessly with the shining appearance.
It is pretty obvious a lot of work was put into the Honda. The list of modifications includes:
• New Wiring Motogadet M-unit Blue
• replaced all Cables and tubes with stainless Steel braided ones.
• Stainless Bolts overall.
• Replaced Filler Cap.
• Created new seat
• lowered bike 2 inches.
• Built Headlight Shield Cover.
• Replacing the electrics (underneath the seat)
Also added were:
• Motogadet M Unit Blue
• Shin Yo Elipsoid Headlight
• Kellermann Rear lights
• Biltwell Whiskey Throttle and Grips
• Rearview Mirror (no brand specified)
• Pirelli Tyres
• LSL Bar
• Tank and Seat modification
• Quad footpegs