Taylor Henschell the owner at One Up Moto Garage, was a wrench monkey who’s turned motorcycle stylist condemns yet another stock Honda CB600 style to a Neo-vintage (what he likes to call). Why Neo-vintage? Well, as the term suggests, a bike modified by Taylor’s magical hands with partner builder Micah Welsh gets a charismatic combination of both new and old era; hence, this unusual yet unique term. This unique mishmash of the old and new is rubbed onto bikes which are handpicked by both from particular stretch of time which starts right the sparkling 90s through to the mid-modern 2000s. Shadowed by some transformed passé styled bikes from 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 250 which glowed the path to glory garage(workshop), the more rational Honda CB600F and 1992 Ninja 600 were added to the list of retros.
It all started from the time Taylor used to assist his father in a small scooter shop when it sparked the hunger to do more. While this Neo-vintage CB600 which was yet another result coming out of sheer design process which he describes as ‘fluid’, bikes like CB599 Hornet, the Ninja 250 are still in the pipeline.
While this slightly damaged CB600 (CB) entered Taylor’s workshop to change to what it looks like (above) Taylor did not hesitate to dress the stripped CB with several tanks match the engine and frame. All this time his subliminal mind finalized its front, rear and the seat. Hence, the forks and clamps from the stock Honda CBR600RR which were machined and welded to fit on the CBR’s shorter stem accompanied by a Honda Enduro tank after moving the C mounts to the rear and using a pair of exhaust mount springs on custom hooks to anchor the front down.
Although, the curved subframe with square tubing which sits below the seat, sintra plastic and closed neoprene seat pan was formed from a local scrapyard, Taylor stitched a diamond pattern seat that breaks down from front to rear using patterns of his own design with some dark chocolate vinyl inspired by M.C. Escher.
But then came the front face which was bit of a challenge, however after three prototypes he cut a cluster from a sheet metal which could fit a 5″ LED headlight, ignition, a slot for the fuel pump switch and a USB charger to keep a phone / speedometer. The battery box was placed under the frame, the small front fender and the accents lining the sub-frame formed from a perforated metal on steel dowels. After positioning the mended parts they were painted (some parts being painted by Taylor himself) he took care of the wiring and their harnesses concealing the loom inside a braided sheath. Speaking of which, along with the customary replacement of serviceable components like a new chain, sprocket, radiator, hoses, nuts, bolts and tires (Shinko Trail Masters), the One Up signature feature accompanies the low-draw LEDs for all of its instrumentation, headlight and tail lights, the cell phone dash, thanks to some astute, gladly available apps.
Handle bars euro bend, low rise bars were cut which he mounted to clip on lookalike clamps and used the thumb throttle from Honda for better throttle control under various riding conditions; not only because it was unique.
Now, the up and running CB was bike was tuned and a reverse megaphone exhaust was fit.
Taylor went through a remarkable journey right from stripping the bike down to basics (frame, engine, and wheel) to building it back to tune it, drop a gear and disappear with its light throttle response, golden brown plugs, and hard pull till redline.