Phil’s Honda CBX1000
It’s not often you get the chance to work on a bike as exceptional as this. Phil had thrown everything at it: Öhlins forks and shocks, modified rear frame, trick spoked wheels, Keihin race carbs, a one-off exhaust system, a Bates headlight, hilarious tyres, an uprated alternator and starter motor, and lots of Motogadget goodies from Germany.
The electrical centrepiece of this bike is Motogadget’s masterpiece, the M Unit. With a thing called an M Button it can take a single wire from the switchgear and work the indicators, horn, lights, brake lights and ignition. We couldn’t fit the M Button in these Renthal bars unfortunately, so we had to run conventional cables to the M Unit. The unit also behaves like a fuse box and can vary indicator flash rates and such like. Does it simplify things? Not really. But the white-faced Motogadget speedo is lovely.
All wiring looms are complicated but some are more complicated than others. This bike has through-the-bars wiring, takeoffs for charging and UBS plugs, a stick-on LED rear light assembly, and all the Motogadget parts. The ignition switch uses a proximity key called an M Switch. Just touch it on the top yoke and the bike lights up.
Phil’s amazing Honda is due to be featured in Built magazine when it’s shaken down and painted.