In the world of custom motorcycles appreciating the skill required to achieve an incredible result can be a difficult thing to gauge. But one thing is for sure, nothing informs a builder of just how hard a certain model is to work on until they take one and get their hands dirty, skin their knuckles and often are left cursing aloud at the night's moon. The Honda CB250N was a great commuter bike of the early '80s but rarely does anyone build a good custom from one; I spent a year trying and it wasn't pretty. So I bow down and worship at the feet of T9 PROTOTYPE by Thrive Motorcycles an incredible 1984 Honda CB250N that just might be the best I've ever seen!

The Indonesian company headed by Indra Pratama and Barata Dwiputra has been turning out impossibly cool machines from largely commuter based models for a few years now. But in the middle of 2015 they were catching up with an old college friend over a few beers who turns out to have gone on to have great success of his own as one of the country's leading tattoo artists. Mulie Addlecoat of Thinking Tree Tattoo was telling the lads about his love for the Sci-Fi movie “District 9” and how he dreamed of owning a custom bike that wouldn't look out of place in the successful flick.

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