1977 Honda CT70
Description of the build:
"Started life as a rusted out 1977 CT70. Frame was rotted out, no engine, shocks were shot, half a triple, wheels rusted solid. Basically, I purchased a frame with a rusty stem tag and a decent swingarm. Cut the frame, rebuilt it, powder coated it Jungle Grey then Casper Cleared over it to flat it out like a C-130 Spectre gunship. Frame and swingarm are the only original parts. Everything else had to be sourced. Went for an inverted fork setup on the front, kept the original rim size of 10", but went with beefy Shinko tires. To contrast the gunship color of the frame, I coated the wheels a good gloss Sherbert Chartreuse powder. I wanted some power so I could learn to wheelie, so I dropped in a YX140 powerplant, doubling the original 70cc engine. Now she's road legal and I can braapp all over town."
More about you. Why should you be The Next American Innovator?:
"This is my 5th build in my garage. I used to help my dad rebuild old cars, but since I rent, I really don't have the space for them, so motorcycles fit the bill. I try to make my builds as cheap as possible while making them look good. I keep my builds under $1500, so I get a great bike for a lot less than a new motorcycle. I help others when I can, showing them how to do things and where to source parts, as not all of us can afford new motorcycles, and there are plenty of raw materials out there waiting to be saved from the landfill."
"This build started out as a rusted out shell headed for the recycle bin. I've completely rebuilt the rear and bottom of the frame. The feature shot is of the Shogun, for which the bike is named, and each flag on the front left of the frame is for a build I've completed in my home garage. My hero shot is of us in the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2019 (pre oil-cooler installation). Thank you for your consideration."