The Jim Banks “Experience” Project

How stoked can I be? Jim Banks, well known Australian surfer, shaper, competitor, innovator, adventurer, Indo pioneer, likes my motorbike and how I had it rigged to carry surfboards. So while we are chatting over breakfast at the Mango tree café, he decides he wants to step up from a scooter to a motorcycle for surf trekking- his own bike in his own style- and with the enthusiasm and support of his wife Maria we began the project.

What the project began as-This barely running not-fit-for-use 1995 Honda GLPro Neo Tech… “Thing”.

 

Being that I am making a bike for surf exploring, the clearance, suspension and handling should take anything Bali throws at you: there are some roads and trails here that will test any machine to the limits of its handling. A local machine shop forged a custom triple tree to accommodate the wider, fatter front wheel- bigger rider, bigger wheels- from narrow 17” wheel base, tires and rims to some FAT 18” swallow 80/250’s, a tire that I have put over 10,000 K’s on. A well-made tire is key for keeping the rider and bike right-side up on the road. These tires eat roads and trails for snacks and perform well even in rainy wet season conditions, and there is plenty of cushion for Jim’s size.

  

All the old look of the production GL Pro (angular and plastic, see 1990’s) done away with to a more classic bike look, called “bobber” or “Jap Style” depending on who/where you are at. Increasing the seat height completes the steps in bringing the bike to size, with quality foam to lend comfort to those longer rides, and motocross bars for better control in rough conditions.
A classic CB tank and custom hand crafted fenders, frame chopping and new weld brace points add style and strength, receiving tubes added for a removable surfboard rack system.

 

The finished product- I lost count of the hours spent testing and refining all the parts and components; I took every aspect of this machine through as many conditions as the roads and trails of Bali can offer. My goal is excellence and a stoked rider. Within the creative ideas of each project should be the core of a safe and reliable motorcycle.

     

Delivered to a stoked customer….

Ready to go- surf racks are stored safely at the back when not being used to carry equipment.

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