A client approached us for a build inspired by his childhood Honda SL90. A physically big guy with a lot of riding under his belt since his fun bike days, we doubted an SL motor would meet his expectations for too long.
A few concepts based around larger capacity 250’s and 400’s infused with the old SL’s easy going style got the owner warmed to the idea of a gargantuan fun bike and before we knew it we’d taken it to the next level with an ex-enduro racer XR600 big-bore and FCR carburetor.
Chasing a factory feel, a selection of vintage parts and NOS drive the design including the early model center seam tank. Borrowing more visual language from the SL, the frame was looped before receiving a coat of silver urethane. The front wheel went down to an 18” to match the rear while trials tires continue the illusion, though the power on tap makes short work of the rear rubber.
Hidden LED winkers front and rear (headlight stays front, trailing edge of side covers rear) keep the lines clean while the large brake light and high chrome bars again pays homage to the 70’s machines. Custom headers keep the power while a slim-line megaphone with an adjustable internal baffle system gives a delightful gravelly snarl.
This may be Tokyo’s only Honda SL fun bike you could ride the Baja 1000 on!