Brat in Black: Okay-Velocity Honda CL300


Tanadit Sarawek’s ‘Home of Customized Design’, in any other case often called Okay-Velocity, is Thailand’s most prolific {custom} bike workshop. As a part of his enterprise technique, Tanadit produces aftermarket elements for brand new bikes beneath his secondary model Diablo. This implies getting his arms on a brand new bike as quickly as, and even earlier than, they hit the market and dealing quick to design, check, and manufacture elements. This bike, which is predicated on a 2023 Honda CL300 was constructed for that categorical goal. Taking a mere 1 1/2 months to finish, it’s Okay-Velocity’s interpretation of a Brat-style bike utilizing Honda’s newest twin shock roadster platform.

K-Speed Honda CL300 Brat

Manufactured in Thailand the CL300 and CL500 have been aimed, at first, on the Asian market. Though Honda is stating the CL300 is a retro-styled bike, in actuality, that declare is a little bit of a stretch. Primarily based very loosely on Honda CL fashions of the early seventies, the brand new bikes have little or no in widespread with them other than a spherical headlight, rubber gaiters on the fork legs,  and a twin exhaust with a high-mount muffler and chrome warmth protect. The time period Scrambler has additionally been thrown round which is barely obvious within the tall stance and a headlight encompass on sure fashions. What the Honda CL300 does have nevertheless is a breadth of contemporary options and the steadfast reliability for which Honda has grow to be so well-known.

When approaching the CL300 as a possible new platform for personalisation, Okay-Velocity aimed to ramp up the bike’s retro styling. The look they went for was a mode popularised by the Japanese builder Go Takamine and his BratStyle workshop. The type, which is for apparent causes generally known as Brat type, is outlined by a stage bone line, low stance, huge tires, bobbed fenders, a flat seat, and a dirt-style handlebar. To offer the CL its new look, Tanadit took his traditional method, utilizing a mixture of bespoke modifications, elements from his Okay-Velocity catalog, and retrofit elements taken from different bikes.

K-Speed Honda CL300 Brat

Retrofit elements on this construct, or ‘scrap’ as Okay-Velocity calls them, have been used to revise the look of the entrance finish and cockpit. From the manufacturing facility, the CL300 comes outfitted with a 4-lens LED headlight which is something however retro. To treatment this Okay-Velocity acquired one other LED headlight which relatively than a projector-style setup, mimics the look of a traditional incandescent unit. Within the place of the inventory handlebar is a set of low MX bars. To maintain them wanting clear they’ve been fitted with new levers, management switches, a simplified throttle meeting, and a primary fluid reservoir.

Subsequent Okay-Velocity checked out which CL300 elements they might redesign or construct upon with the intention of manufacturing bolt-on aftermarket elements. Beginning with the gasoline tank they created a canopy that helps to interrupt up the tank’s staid styling. The radiator has acquired a purposeful guard that’s laser-cut and folded from aluminum. New engine guards and a series cowl got here subsequent together with a set of decrease rear shocks which helped to determine the CL’s revised stance. Tiny LED indicators have been additionally added to interchange the bigger inventory objects and positioned inconspicuously in order to not detract from the bike’s new look. A Diablo retro tail gentle and bar finish mirrors full the adjustments.

Whereas bolt-on options are a terrific possibility for most individuals, Tanadit likes his tasks to be distinctive, so many of those elements have been put in with the assistance of some {custom} work. These embody a custom-made bracket for the brand new headlight and adjustments made to relocate the ignition from the bars to beneath the entrance of the gasoline tank. Each the entrance and rear fenders have been trimmed to assist tighten the Brat’s proportions and a complete new seat fashioned and upholstered. As is typical of Okay-Velocity builds, this bike has been given a liberal coat of black, mixing gloss and matte finishes for a decidedly sinister look.

K-Speed Honda CL300 Brat

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When it got here to efficiency this CL300 is inventory other than a {custom} exhaust system, however boosting efficiency was by no means a aim right here. This metropolis cruiser is all about type therefore the chunky Firestone rubber and lowered entrance finish. So though it’s not about to win any races, this little Honda will certainly be turning heads on the streets of Bangkok.

Tanadit and his group have additionally developed a spread of elements to amp up the CL300’s Scrambler vibe, which you will discover right here on the Okay-Velocity web site.


  K-Speed Honda CL300 Brat


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