Three young designers working at Honda Research and Development Americas in Southern California had three months and a limited budget to come up with radical variations on Honda’s VT1300-series cruisers. The bikes had to be operational and retain key elements of the production machines.
Designer Eric Dunshee built the Slammer beginning with a 2010 VT1300 Stateline.
He added a specially designed 23-inch front wheel, ride-height-adjustable air suspension, and the pièce de résistance, a 500-watt, three-speaker sound system including a 10-inch sub-woofer guaranteed to annoy youngins in their souped-up Civics.
Other mods include a navi/multimedia head, custom bodywork and crossover exhaust pipes.
Ohlins adjustable suspension, wave brake rotors and Brembo calipers are but a few of the race-ready components Edward Birtulescu used to create the Switchblade.
Inspired by F1 and MotoGP, Birtulescu used a VT1300 Sabre as the basis of his build, and aside from the above-mentioned items, he also switched to a single-sided swingarm and converted from shaft drive to chain.
Wheels are carbon-fibre, as is the bodywork and seat, and the bike is equipped with a lap timer and data acquisition — to keep track of those speedy trips around the block.
Nick Renner went somewhat old school in designing the Furious, probably the most radically altered bike in this trio.
Using a VT1300 Fury, Renner took the hardtail route, substituting the rear suspension for rigid steel tubing. A 45-degree rake was achieved by combining a 37-degree steering head with an eight-degree fork angle offset.
Wheels were swapped with a 20-inch rear and 23-inch front, and of course, a chopper wouldn’t be authentic without a straight-pipe exhaust.
The high-end components used on these machines would indicate that the "limited" budget was certainly generous.
There’s no doubt that these custom bikes are imaginative efforts, but Honda might be a little late in producing these radical concepts; hasn’t the chopper fad faded already?