3 months of fabrication , finished in october 2014
#10 – the tenth preparation is nothing after nearly three years of passionate enterprise .. on a base of a CBN400 given to me by my friend Fabien, founder of the internet site « blogmoto.fr » and designer of our internet site Jerikan.com
Arriving in parts at the workshop with the information that the transmission was » shot » , we told ourselves : full engine overhaul.
In doing so we ended up replacing the crankshaft and then from one thing to the next, we ended up with a full rebuild, from the segmentations to the last seals running through the chains, carburettors absolutely everything was done.
On the aesthetic side, we changed the awful fuel tank replacing it with one from a CB450 Four from 1973, we also changed the problematic rear frame, overhauling the supports for the suspension and the loops.
I will give a heads up on this part to Marc Montigiani and Philippe Carzo thanking them for the works they performed together.
We changed the exhaust manifold that was, in my eyes a touch too small, we left the new one in raw stainless steel, we also brought to the front forks something more massif.
We realigned the seat and the exhaust with the new fuel tank to give the general lines more flow and balance.
At this point the fuel tank seemed too massif for the size of the bike so we proceeded to add some good old firestones to the mix for more coherence in the proportions, we upgraded the to 16 inches of the rear and replace the ordinal rimes with reversed ones from another honda.
To give more nobility to this machine, we integrated teak veneer with a classic black paint job to bring out the wooden essence .
The teak was chosen for its robust virtues and it’s sublime caramel colour.
All of the cycle part and frame was painted black so that some of the features we wanted to emphasise would stand out.
We worked on the veneer and then turned it over to Ortolani, our paint specialist who took care of making it melt into the paint work for a fantastic finish.
keeping it simple and distinguished, a point we always standby at
Two inlays on the fuel tank, one central stripe on the rear mud guard and a small plate on the front also serving as the light support with an elevated monogram « JK »
All of the electrical part is camouflaged in the frame and handle bars so as to have a minimum of apparent cables, the whole system being managed by M-unit from Motogadget a simple électronique heart, discrete and very efficient.
In the beginning we wanted to put inverted levers on the handle bars but we abandoned the idea ( without forgetting it entirely )
we nevertheless chose somme really elegant parts for the handle bars.
The old bar was replaced by a 1 inch harley davidson one, two nice aluminium risers and two next generation end of handle bar indicator lights.
Some very discrete and high quality levers and push buttons were added (for indicator, lights, horn) and two other buttons on the main handle bar for the ignition and rev counter menus.
The rear light was discreetly camouflaged behind the mud guard and integrates the indicator light.
» yes! Mr officer, its all there ! »
When the bike is off nothing is visible but when the ignition is switched on everything is where it should be and the discretion of it all is sublime.
The seat was designed by us and given to sellerie NMB design.
We voluntarily wanted something simple, discrete and comfortable so the wooden aspects would dominate over the aesthetic fundamentals of the machine.
the embroidery « JK » is the only element that gives a little colour to the seat with the stitching being a slightly different shade to the leather.
It’s very discrete, but is a minor detail that reminds you that nothing was left to chance and every detail was carefully chosen.
The finishes were far more pushed and defined compared to anything else we had done up until now.
Down to each cable being finished with thermo retractable sleeves limiting cable ties that aren’t vey aesthetic.
We only cleaned the engine without painting it so as to keep its original aspect, a reminder of its 34 years of existence.
We opted for beautiful aluminium venturi for air filters and readjusted the carburation in consequence.
We took away one of the front disks and polished the one left over.
The control boxes were hidden under the seat so as not to waste the empty space but nevertheless staying accessible.
The base wasn’t originally one that we would have chosen. On one part because the frame needed so much redesigning but also aesthetically as well as the small cylinders, she was nothing of a legend … however to overlook her would have been a terrible mistake ..
We wanted to create a unique machine, we wanted for this bike to be a pleasure to ride and possess, in the end we did exactly that !
Number Ten in all of its glory shows off perfectly our standing point, to create motorcycles of quality with lots of elegance, class and character whilst keeping a certain temperance and dignity, which is the essence of JeriKan Motorcycles
Photos: Alexandre CHAILLAN
Photos: Pierre TURTAUT www.pierreturtaut.com