THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE STARRIDER made me think of David Bowie’s 1972 ‘Starman’ song. Magical but haunting at the same time. It will stick in your mind forever. Just like this quintessential storyteller did musically, the Ott brothers understand what it takes to excite a bike rider.
Combining their talents for industrial design and engineering, they have been at it for a while. First as worker bees for big automotive corporations, now liberated and free to choose their own direction.
And they obviously aim for the stars!
These guys rightfully take themselves and their builds very serious. Looking back at their previous build, the Honda GL 500-JPN series, and the way in which they present the fruits of their minds, you can only agree that they are right in doing so.
When you look at the communication fired up to present the ‘STARRIDER’, it feels as if one of the bigger brands is launching a whole new range of motorcycles. Ben Ott and his brother know exactly which buttons to push.
Motoism are a Munich-based company specializing in rebuilding and redesigning motorcycles. While staring at a virginally white piece of paper on their drawing board, the brothers recognized the need in the market for bikes that escape the definition of a classic cafe racer – they felt the urge for something different that is comfortable to ride and delivers high performance, but also embraces ‘the dark side’.
The STARRIDER, a customized bike designed for riders looking for the balance between high performance, functionality, and looks. As the customized motorcycle came to life, the STARRIDER upholds the MOTOISM principle of merging a classic style with a modern touch and high-tech components. According to the Motoism gang: “There wasn’t a bike we found that smoothly delivered both on functionality and design, so we decided to push the limits of what’s already available on the market.”
Born in the 1980’s as a Honda CB750, the STARRIDER is a now recreated as a whole new bike, slightly reminiscent of the 1987 ‘Robocop’. The Munich based outlet took the bike apart, piece by piece, only to completely rebuild it with dramatic changes both structurally and stylistically.
Studying the STARRIDER, we are struck by its clean lines and the eye for detail. The iconic heart of the machine makes it instantly recognizable as a Honda, but it may well have been designed today. It just wears nothing but the bare essentials to guarantee an exhilarating orbit for its rider.
Tastefully tucked in the back is the canister that lifts the veil to the purpose of the STARRIDER. Just yank the throttle and let the Nitrous Oxide System (NOS) do what it is supposed to do. Launch you to the galaxy and back.
The custom made duo leather seat matches the shape magnificently, but you may need to maintain a solid grip on the handlebars when playing around with the Nitrous Oxide. You would not want to see your bike leave without you.
Inspired by flat track racers, motorcycles made for speedway tracks and circuit dirt tracks, the STARRIDER features details such as enduro handlebars, a fully covered rear wheel, plenty of carbon fiber components and the rejection of mudguards. MOTOISM then adds street racing components to the bike with Continental tires and the before mentioned NOS. Yeah! We like that!!
It all comes together as a street ready bike with flat tracker aesthetics – appropriately dubbed a “street tracker” or simply the STARRIDER, as the Ott’s affectionately refer to the tarmac tracker.
The Honda has a phenomenally clean look and it feels as if it is a brand new 21st century design. A real eye catcher is the tank. Maybe not so much by its design, but more due to the thinking behind it.
Ben Ott explains: “Our fuel tank is probably the lightest CB750 tank in the world. It’s entirely made from carbon fiber, as we developed a new, clean shape following the characteristic lines of the original fuel tank”.
With their background in big automotive brands, it is not surprising that Motoism have a somewhat different view on producing bikes. Rather than going for a unique ‘one off’ build, they set out to design something original and aim for a series of similar bikes, that still maintain that very special composition. Different and daring, we think.
• Donor Bike: Honda CB750 K
• Engine: Four stroke, DOHC air-cooled straight 4 cylinder, 4 valves per cylinder
• Capacity: 743 cc / 45.3 cu-in
• Bore and Stroke: 62 mm X 62 mm – 2.4 in X 2.4 in
• Torque: 66 nm at 7.000 rpm
• Power: 77 hp / 57 kw at 9.000 rpm + n2o-system 7,7 hp / 23 hp
• Cooling System: Air-cooled
• Starter: Electric
• Transmission: 5-speed
• Clutch: Wet multi-plate
Extra added Motoism magic
• N2o-system: Optional additional 7,7 hp (street-legal with German TÜV)
• or additional 23 hp (race- track only) if required
• custom carbon LED headlight, high / low beam and n2o activation LED
• custom full-carbon fuel tank
• custom full-carbon rear wheel rim caps
• motogadget digital tachometer
• LSL cross handlebar & mounting
• push button controls
• motogadget LED turn signals front & rear
• unique WIG-welded subframe
• custom electronic component housing with integrated n2o bottle holder
• motogadget digital control unit (m.unit blue) with alarm system & bluetooth control
• LSL aluminium foot pegs for front and rear seat
• custom leather dual seat
• LED backlight
Suspension and Brakes
• Honda CB750 fork with dip tube enhancement
• Custom Öhlins double rear shock & baseline-tilt
• Brembo double disc brakes with custom adapter plate and custom spacer
• Front: Continental Classic Attack 19”
• Rear: Continental Classic Attack 18”
Engine and Exhaust
• engine inspection and measurement
• replacement of wearing parts
• engine soda blast and paint
• 4 to 1 stainless steel exhaust system and
• stainless steel silencer
Interested in proudly owning one?
D-80337 Munich, Germany
Phone: +49 89 588 084 98
Phenomenal photography: Leopold Fiala