As I wandered through the bikes at Vintage Motorcycle Days I came across something a little peculiar . As I looked it over, another fellow asked me, “What are we looking at here?” The longitudinal V4 narrows it down pretty quickly and what we were looking at is actually a 2004 Honda ST1300 that had an unfortunate encounter with a deer. Instead of replacing all of the plastic, owner Butch Demerle thought the all exposed streetfighter look might work better. John Cain helped him out with some CNC machine work to create the extra pieces needed to pull it all together and this is the result.
Some may quibble over design details but I like the idea of just stripping everything away and working with the basic bike underneath. The bike is unusual because most Honda STs are seen fully clothed and when you see what’s under the plastic, there’s something a person could work with. It’s certainly one solution to the high cost of replacement pieces. Interesting.