Continuing its tradition of raffling off extremely desirable custom bikes, the Ride for Kids (RFK)— official charity of the HRCA—is offering yet another stunning custom in a drawing to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Since 2001, the RFK project bike has raised close to $1 million, a remarkable amount of money by anyone’s standards.
This year’s bike was built by Len Higa of Oni Motorworks. Higa, from Fountain Valley, California, is a well-respected and award-winning fabricator and custom-builder in the café racer tradition. And he’s recreated Honda’s CBR1000RR as a Grand Prix bike inspired by Honda’s amazing racing machines of the 1960s.
“I got introduced to welding and fabrication by my older brother Travis,” Higa says. “I was eager to learn since I was racing both my car and motorcycles with very little money, so I needed to learn how to fix my own car and motorcycles to help save money. I really liked the aesthetics of café racers from a young age, but never made one until 2003. I think I chose to build a café racer since it was a really similar riding position to some of the modern bikes I was already riding. Plus, they just have a really nice style.
“I chose the CBR1000RR because of its reputation. I mean, the older CB750s and CB77s were the latest and greatest of their time just like the CBR1000RR is now. Plus, I think there are some similar design elements that carried over from their older motorcycles such as the tank badges. They look similar to the ones on the 1960s Hondas.
“Although stripping the fairing off and putting a single headlight on would be a direct emulation of a café racer, I think it would be too easy or too much categorized with a newer type of café racers called streetfighters. Instead I wanted to pay homage to the successful Honda Grand Prix bikes from the 1960s. I think café racers were trying to copy the Grand prix bikes anyways no matter what manufacturer.”
What’s remarkable about the bike is how Higa achieved the transformation more by what he removed than what he added. He replaced the stock fairing with an Airtech CR7501 fairing and CR75021M seat, and used a Gustafson screen. For the engine he fitted a Leo Vince carbon alternator cover and clutch/ignition cover, plus a Leo Vince Pro Evo II slip-on exhaust with carbon-fiber heat shield. Dunlop Sportmax Q3 tires—120/70-17 front and 190/50-17 rear—wrap around Performance Machine wheels, and Vortex clip-ons add the finishing touch.
Some lucky winner will be able to take Higa’s creation home, and you can still enter the drawing by filling out the contest form on the Ride for Kids website.
Tickets for the drawing are $5 each, or five tickets for $20. Get your tickets today for your chance to win this prime homage to Honda’s GP history.