Custom Honda CB350 From The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
In my opinion, one the of the best looking bike styles are cafe racers. Doesn’t matter if it’s a BMW, Triumph, Yamaha, etc…they all look amazing. They’re light, powerful, and rather simple to build on your own. Best part is, pretty much anyone from hard core bikers, to nerds, to hot chicks can look great on them. Especially hot chicks, specifically Rooney Mara who played “Lisbeth Salander” from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, sitting on the custom built Honda CB350.
I recently watched the movie over the weekend, and fell in love with not only her character, but more importantly her bike.
The bike, which is actually 1 of 3 built for the movie, is a custom 1960′s CB350. The bikes were designed and built by the world famous Glory Motor Works located here in Holly-weird.
The crew at Glory had just 30 days to put together not one, not two, but three working models for the film. Director David Fincher needed the bikes not only to be reliable, but capable of high speed on/off-road riding in the dirt and snow.
Here is a list of some of the work the crew at Glory did on the stock 350′s:
* Added battery
* HID Headlamp
* Powder coated rims
* Added bigger guage SS spokes
* New clutch
* New brakes
* New wiring harness
* New fastners
* Trued the flywheel
* Vavle job
* New pistons and rings
* Rebuilt carbs
* Re-lined fuel tanks
* Flat track seats
Now there has been some debate as to whether the bikes were CL or CB’s. They are actually CB’s with CL body work (Fenders, etc..). I personally think that the combination came out brilliantly and the are some of the best looking bikes I have ever seen. Also incase you have’t seen the film, here is the trailer below.
So there you have it guys, my new favorite movie bike. So if you’re looking at a new ride, or maybe even your first bike, consider the cafe style. With a open or full face lid, black leather jacket, and nice boots, anyone can look like a total BAMF. Safe Riding!
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