While one of the other big attractions in the ARP booth at SEMA 2016 was a 3,500 horsepower all-billet Duramax with boost on steriods, there was another attraction that took six years to complete.
We met with Bryan Fuller, of Fuller Moto, and listened as he shared a story about a 1977 Honda CB550 that went from restoration to a full-on custom bike full of 3D tattoos. It all started with a trade for a set of pipes, and then, as Fuller explained, it sort of snowballed from there.
While the classic cafe racer would look purely nostalgic and cool as a full restoration, Fuller envisioned something else and teamed up with ARP Bolts to create a one-of-a-kind bike.
Calling on a friend, Totem, who specializes in Japanese art, they went to town on the old Honda and decided that it needed a cool set of 3D tattoos. What this called for was using a Sharpie (for something other than eyebrows), and creating the Japanese art all over the bike: the wheels, the fenders, the frame – very few parts were spared the creativity.
From there, the bike when out to Terrera where hammer and chisel masterfully engraved the bike you see before you – “Shogun”. It seems to have been done in stages, as early pictures we’ve found showed a red frame, but this CB550, “The Art of Metal” was finally completed, but not without the help of ARP bolts to create custom hardware and fasteners that matched the level of artistry on the rest of the bike.
You can catch up with Bryan at Fuller Moto where you can find some of his other masterful creations, and of course the ARP bolts website will direct you to more standard, types of hardware for your own custom build.