A FLYING START. Sur Les Chapeaux De Roues’ Honda Gold Wing Cafe Bobber
Here’s a fun fact. Shoichiro Irimajiri, the Honda engineer who designed the first generation Honda Gold Wing engine, had spent the previous 10 years making Grand Prix engines. His initial concept for the Gold Wing was a 1500cc flat six engine that put out a conservative 80bhp and propelled the test bike to well in excess of 140mph. This notion of pushing hard from the get-go is embodied by France’s Sur Les Chapeaux De Roues, whose name quite literally means ‘Getting Off to a Flying Start‘. Here’s their latest build; an ‘81 Honda Gold Wing that clearly knows a thing or two about flying starts.
In a scene that sounds like it came straight out of a classic French movie, SLCDR’s Manu started the shop in 2013 by converting the Brittany-based workshop at his Grandfather’s farm. “Since then, I have been customising and rebuilding motorbikes in the very same location. I often work solo, but my friend Yann has helped me out in the past when needed”. Sounds a lot like the perfect set-up to us.