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Black Swan: A hot-rodded Honda CB900 with Ducati parts




The Honda CB900F used to be legit forty years ago, nonetheless on the novel time it’s outgunned by sportbikes which will possible be lighter, sooner and better equipped. But what ought to you gave the mature CB novel working equipment and a bored out motor? NCT Motorcycles have true performed that—and modernized its looks to be, too.

This 1980 mannequin Honda CB900F arrived on the Austrian shop with a belief from its owner. He named it ‘Sunless Swan’ after the sunless swan belief: a metaphor for one thing surprising that has an infinite manufacture.




NCT took the transient and nailed it. Thanks to Ducati working equipment and customized bodywork, this CB900F is unrecognizable other than for its wide inline-four motor. But even that isn’t stock from now on.

Shop boss David Widmann tells us that there’s about €8,000 (that’s about $9,680) of substances at some level of the engine by myself. The checklist involves forged pistons and connecting rods, a lighter crankshaft, racing cams, novel valves, and a complete bunch of different hop-up bits.




The exhaust used to be ditched for a stainless-steel four-into-one racing gadget, working into an Akrapovič discontinuance can. In conjunction with a brand novel spark off Keihin CR carbs and K&N filters, the now-980 cc motor makes a stonking 130 hp on the back wheel.

NCT moreover scalped a Ducati Monster 1100 EVO for some substances—specifically its wheels, single-sided swingarm, rear shock and rear brake. It’s a mod that the crew has performed earlier than, so that they knew precisely where to weld the novel shock mount to the body.




Up entrance is a situation of Showa forks, held by a personalized high yoke and matched the Ducati wheel. The entrance brakes are from Brembo, with a brand novel grasp cylinder and braided stainless-steel strains from Spiegler. There’s moreover a carbon fiber entrance fender, and a situation of aggressive Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tires.

Between the novel working equipment and the redesigned subframe, this CB now has an awesome sharper stance.




For the Honda’s svelte novel bodywork, David called in his friend (and Bike EXIF traditional) Blaž Šuštaršič, from ER Motorcycles in Slovenia. NCT and ER had been taking part for a couple of years now, nonetheless that is the ideal mission they’ve tackled collectively.

Blaž not most attention-grabbing designed the novel substances, nonetheless fabricated them too. Every the tank and tail are one-offs, fashioned in aluminum, with about 200 hours going into the tank by myself. NCT’s most modern crew member and in-dwelling engineer, Michael Kölz, milled a killer flee-vogue gasoline cap.




The headlight nacelle and speedo clamp were 3D printed, matched to an LED headlight and Motogadget speedo. NCT moreover rewired the total bike spherical a Motogadget field, and installed switches and turn signals from the German company, too.

Other upgrades consist of LSL clip-ons, novel rear sets and taillight / turn signal combo LEDs on the back.




Naturally, the Sunless Swan has a stealthy livery to match its name. The finishes are largely sunless, with subtle pin stripes, Honda ‘feathers’ on the tank, and a puny ‘CB980 R’ motif on the tail. Peek carefully, and you’ll even seek that the paint accent coloration and seat stitching match the fork legs and gasoline cap.

The seat upholstery takes inspiration from the within the Lamborghini Urus SUV, and is performed off with a beautiful NCT Motorcycles logo on the back.




Practicalistas will reward the inability of a registration code or mirrors. Relaxation assured, they exist—they’re true not fitted gorgeous now. That’s for the reason that Sunless Swan will exhaust the rest of the European iciness in its owner’s lounge.

But arrangement summer season, the road upright bits will bolt on and it’ll be ready to wake up the sleepy streets of Salzburg.

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