There's always something inspiring about ambition and creativity fueling a "sell most everything I own and sink or swim" start-up mentality. I'm a sucker for burning bridges and making it happen.
Here we are, not even a few months into simplifying his life, leaving his cushy corporate job and lush apartment in downtown Tampa, and moving what little he has left into an empty garage space (with a bed), Ryan Shaw and the crew at Hangar Cycleworks have entered the worlds of entrepreneurship and custom motorcycling.
A new partnership of friends and vintage motorcycle enthusiasts with backgrounds in hot rodding and vintage Volkswagens - Ryan Shaw, William Benedict and John Benedict, along with business partners Mike Miller and Stacy Vick are making a go of it.
We're excited to show off their first build, a tastefully reimagined 1973 CB450.
The bike started as a low mile, complete and original 1973 Honda CB450 purchased from an older gentleman in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. As is the case with most of these "finds", it had sat for the previous 25 years in a waterfront carport and was aged in rust and salt.
Anyone that knows me, knows I have a penchant for classics. While I love seeing the creative efforts going into the customs scene, I spark up when I see restraint exercised and a tasteful nod to the past running through a new build. Wanting to do a cafe style, the boys decided to pick their spots and stay close to the heart and soul of the original, most obvious being the Tyrolean Green Metallic paint and graphics scheme (continued through the new rear section), while removing the extraneous, unnecessary, or just plain ugly. One has to wonder if the hyped early Honda 450s might have sold better looking like this.