To say that Derek Despain likes to keep things simple would be an understatement as demonstrated by his latest build. In his words, "I love very simple things, practical and straight to the point. I wanted to create a bike that was clean and simple, sleek yet rugged, an everyday commuter - reliable and fast."
Purchased in Pasadena with only 7,000 miles on it, Derek tells us that the build was a breeze because the bike was in great condition and the fact that the CB 125 doesn't come with a lot of unnecessary parts and accessories.
Honda designed the CB125 with the idea that it would be a long lasting machine. With the recommended oil changes performed every 700 miles to prevent premature wear of the camshaft bearings, one can expect to get many, many miles out of the small engine. Having only 7,000 miles on it, this one's just getting broken in.
Despain fabricated the exhaust, the bars, the seat cowl and did the frame modifications (relocating the suspension) and rewiring himself.
Drawing inspiration on everything from great architecture to clothing design, Despain translates his taste for simplicty to his bikes and gives proof to the fact that sometimes, less is more.