Neo-Retro Honda CB100 with GL200 Engine: Introducing the City Bike

First released in 1970, the Honda CB100 quickly gained popularity in the US and Asian markets. In Indonesia, it became a favored choice for commuters due to its size, weight, and five-speed transmission. Even today, the CB100 holds a special place in the hearts of Indonesian riders, particularly within the thriving HEREX scene.

The HEREX scene, which stands for ‘Honda Exciting Riders Extreme,’ is a subculture centered around small-capacity Hondas, including the CB100. These bikes are highly sought after for their reliability and customization potential. With both genuine and aftermarket parts easily accessible, riders have the freedom to design and modify their CB100s to suit their preferences.

One such example of customization is Raymond Nainggolan’s 1973 Honda CB100, which he transformed through his workshop, EGO Project. EGO Project is a collaborative effort among Raymond and his friends, a community driven by their shared passion for automobiles.

Raymond and his team sought to maintain the original concept of the CB100 as a city bike while giving it a modern urban twist. They started by stripping the bike down to its bare frame. To preserve the bike’s design, they relocated the coils and electrical components under the tank, supported by laser-cut steel brackets. Additionally, the frame underwent reinforcement in crucial areas.

Although they initially attempted to revive the original CB engine, they encountered an issue with the factory kick-starter due to the new foot peg location. After exploring alternatives, they decided to replace the entire engine with an electric-start Honda GL200 engine. Fortunately, the GL200 engine fit into the frame with minimal modifications.

One striking modification is the installation of upside-down front forks, featuring a modern fender and a 5″ headlight. The rear suspension is equipped with gold RCB shocks, enhancing the bike’s aesthetics. The addition of 17″ spoked wheels with disc brakes not only enhances the overall appearance but also improves the rideability of the CB100.

EGO Project also crafted a new stainless steel exhaust system, delivering improved performance. The updated bodywork of the CB100 showcases a modern industrial style. The original fuel tank was retained but supplemented with a fiberglass rear cover, expertly filling the gap between the tank and seat. The tank was then painted in an eye-catching champagne silver color, complemented by a dark grey fiberglass section. Custom resin Honda badges inspired by vintage-style badges add a unique touch.

The standout feature of the CB100’s new design is its back end. Inspired by neo-retro bikes like the Husqvarna Svartpilen, EGO Project 3D-printed a modular seat pan and rear cowl. The seat pan was covered in foam and oxblood leather, giving it a chic appearance. Additionally, the team used 3D printing technology for the LED turn signal housings and taillight housing. The taillight lens draws inspiration from long-exposure photos of light trails at night. The new parts were seamlessly adapted to the frame using hidden steel brackets, minimizing the need for extensive cutting.

The control area of the CB100 was kept simple and clean. A set of bars, grips, and switches from a Honda CB150R were installed, along with Rizoma bar end mirrors. Raymond was fortunate to discover a modern-looking LCD speedometer online, which adds a contemporary touch to the build.

Despite the modifications, the hopped-up CB100 retains a tidy appearance. EGO Project logos are subtly scattered throughout the build, blending harmoniously with period-correct Honda branding, creating a sharp factory-like vibe.

This customized CB100 from EGO Project is sure to make waves within the local HEREX scene. It pays homage to the original design while infusing modern elements, resulting in a stylish and unique urban ride.