Our products see many applications, some of which were unintended by our product development team. One such case is our Firestone Deluxe Champion motorcycle tires
, which are intended for 1930's and 1940's Harley Davidson and Indian motorcycles. The tread pattern, sidewall and sizing options also offer a unique look for custom bikes, so these restoration-style tires have seen a boom in popularity over the past few years. We've seen them used on many choppers, bobbers, brat bikes and cafe racers, and they offer just the right amount of racing style, even though the tires were never intended for racing. A perfect application for these Firestone tires is this 1973 Honda CB350F Cafe Racer, built by Speed Deluxe in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee. Keep reading to find out more about this nicely detailed bike.
Cafe racers shed a few pounds and bump the fun factor way up
is a new shop that is about 20 minutes north of our facility here in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Adam and Jamie Sheard own and operate the shop, and build custom motorcycles and traditional hot rods. They renovated an old service center garage as their shop, and are working hard to make a name for themselves. With killer creations, like this CB350F, it won't take long for folks to take notice!
Honda built the CB350F for three years (1972-1974), and it featured a compact four-cylinder engine that cranked out 34 horsepower at 10,000 rpm. Although that sounds pretty wimpy by today's standards, the bike was lightweight and very agile, so it used its horsepower very efficiently. Today, the vintage Honda CB series is an extremely popular platform for custom builds, as the bikes are readily available and reasonably priced. In most cases, you can change the bike's ride height, ditch the front fender (and maybe even the rear fender), install some clip-on handle bars and then swap tires to give your vintage Japanese bike the cafe racer look. Speed Deluxe did a bit more than those simple steps to end up with this very clean build, but the bike certainly isn't overdone. It's clean, it's simple and it rolls on Firestone Deluxe Champions from Coker Tire!