We've seen it happen before, a couple of guys start talking over a few beers, one of them says, "Ya know, I bet I could put one of these engines in that bike," and if he has the skills to pull it off, the project begins. I have no idea if this bike began like that, but Cedric Smith, a service tech at Everett Powersports in Everett, Washington, is the brains behind this one,
an 1800cc flat six from a Gold Wing mated to a Honda CBR, a Honda Gold Wing with CBR bodywork.
Sure, the CBR's handling will be somewhat compromised, but that's not the point and anyone who's been around The Kneeslider for any length of time already knows that. I love the bike. It looks really well done, especially compared to many of the botched engine swaps you often see. This one looks good.
Not many details yet, we'll update accordingly as we find out more.
Thanks for the tip, Don!
UPDATE: Just got off the phone with Cedric. The bike started out as a totaled Gold Wing, bodywork pretty much destroyed, but the frame and engine were fine. Though he was trying to stay all Honda, the front end is from a GSX-R. He mounted a CBR subframe and added aftermarket CBR replacement bodywork. The hardest part was making a wiring harness from scratch. Headers are stock but are now ceramic coated because they're visible. The rear wheel was also widened.
This isn't a CBR with a Gold Wing engine, it's a Gold Wing that had a huge weight reduction. He says the engine is like a steam roller and it's all stock, ... but there's a supercharger in this bike's future. I like the way Cedric thinks.