Yes, this is a classic Cafe Racer you see here, but a Honda CB550 Brat by Seaweed and Gravel! Looks pretty awesome and many of our readers and customer tend to steer a bit towards the brat look nowadays. Which is fine by us, because they look awesome as well!
The short story on this Honda CB550 Brat, build by S&G’s Brady Young.
So, how did the project start… For some who like to see an original CB550….
This is a custom build by Seaweed and Gravel in southern california built by Brady Young (previously of UGLY Motorbikes.) The inspiration for this build was spawned from a previous personal bike of Brady’s, made from spare parts and a few weekends. The bike was rough, full of character, and frequently saw the dirt. Nonetheless, it caught the eye of the client that commissioned this build, but with new shoes and a classy attire.
Their goal for this build was to create a simple, clean, minimalistic bike with an aggressive, low stance; pulling elements from both the cafe racer and brat style palettes, whilst preserving the classic lines that were buried in stock form. Once the form and stance of the bike was set, we moved forward with making it function.
Next to that, some big fat Firestones Champion Deluxe tires were mounted on the bike, so give it that rugged look.
The top end was rebuilt with new internals and tuned by a retired racer and mechanic of the time, making it a true one kick cold started. The client wanted a kick and electric start, so we called upon the guys at Antigravity Batteries. Their compact, powerful battery powers the new from scratch harness with an updated rec/reg combo. With this setup we were able to retain our goal of a clean and minimal design.