Cars so cool we just have to blog about them: #2 Deus CB100
What is the Deus CB100?
For starters, it’s not a car, it’s a motorbike. Deus create effortless stylish, small motorbikes with durable suspension and simple mechanics. They base their designs on tried and tested Japanese models, and in this case it’s the trusty CB100 that gets a makeover:
“We are currently building ‘The Deus Temple of Enthusiasm’ in Canggu. This 2000m2 site will be a clever combination of new and 100-year-old traditional Indonesian wooden houses, taking reference from a Kampung, or traditional Indonesian home village. This somewhat eclectic collection of buildings will house the showroom, art gallery, workshop facilities, photographic studio, artists studio, and even a surfboard shaping bay. Connected by a wide veranda full of tables and chairs is the Deus Cafe, where eventually Canggu locals, pro surfers and artists will rub elbows with riders gassing up on caffeine whilst out on their Bali excursions. A melting pot of ideas and ideologies, a Warung (stall) of Knowledge.”
What makes it worth a feature?
Just look at it! I owned a Honda CB100. It was slow, it was retro, but it wasn’t, as they say… cool. The Deus take on the bike is just awesome, everything from the stance, to the handlebars, to the tyre choice is just so ‘right’.
Anything else to know about it?
Other than the fact that it’s the brain child of Deus Ex Machina, and if you head out to Indonesia and buy one you may just come back with a new view on philosophy and fresh ideas about starting a juice-bar based business…. No. It’s cool, and we love it just for that alone.
- Rebuilt Honda 1976 CB100 Engine bored out to 180cc
- 88mm aftermarket piston
- CDI added
- All engine bolts swapped for stainless steel
- 4.5 inch chrome headlight from Japan
- Deus custom headlight bracket
- Smoked alloy indicator lights from Japan
- Daytona speedo and bracket
- Easyriders ‘Early Tail-light’ from Japan
- Ventura “BSA Style” Handlebars
- Kitaco handlebar controls
- Clip-on mirror
- Relocated ignition switch
- Custom battery housing
- Brown ‘British ribbed’-style grips
- Front suspension from Yamaha 225, chopped 5cm
- 32cm ‘Old style’ Yamaha rear suspension
- Alloy rims: 18” rear, 18” front, with stainless spokes
- Swallow tires, 120/80 × 18 front and same for rear.
- Custom galvanized Tank
- Custom seat upholstery
- Rear frame section modified to accept seat and shortened 3 inches
- Hidden horn and rectifier/regulator
- Front converted to ‘Flower disk brake’
- Re-wiring of whole bike
- Original rear hub swapped to Yamaha 225
- Custom built Swing-arm made from steel tube