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Cobra RS750 Project Motorcycles

Cobra RS750 Project

Once again, Cobra Engineering will undertake a multi-bike custom project. Back in 1996 they did a similar project with American Honda around the 750 Ace, building what would come to be known as the Four Aces. Now with the new RS750, we’re building two customs based around two of the five concepts presented here.

Ken Boyko (VP of the Cobra Special Projects Division) says: "If we had enough time, we’d build all five of these bikes. Each concept is so cool and each one would be a blast to ride. But we plan to unveil these at the Long Beach Motorcycle Show on December 17, 2010, so we"re going to pick two and let the others percolate for a while."

All five concepts have great potential wrapped around the RS platform and each could be an exceptional custom motorcycle on its own. The five concepts are: Scrambler, Cafe Racer, Street Fighter, Dirt Tracker, and Bobber.

The Scrambler | Concept Motorcycle
This version will be a recreation of the famous Honda CL72 (250) and CL77 (305) scramblers, down to the red frame, and rubber tank side pads. High pipes with distinctive heat shields are key visual cues for this bike.

The Cafe Racer | Concept Motorcycle
This style of motorcycle has made a remarkable come back, especially in urban areas. Single seats, lowered bars, raised pegs and chopped rear fenders are key markers, as are short megaphone mufflers and head pipes with no head shields.

The Street Fighter | Concept Motorcycle
Stripped to essentials with a small headlight, nasty exhaust and powerful brakes makes this style of bike perfect for the times. An engine that screams performance and paint that offends like Green Day on a good night.

The Dirt Tracker | Concept Motorcycle
Ricky Graham and Bubba Shobert in the mid-eighties taking it to the venerable H-D Factory on the Miles and half-mile dirt-track circuit on their hand-built bikes, crafted by Ray Plumb and Skip Ekins. Cobbled together at first, the bikes evolved into beautiful, elemental tools designed to win at tracks such as San Jose, Indy, and Springfield, and win they did.

The Bobber | Concept Motorcycle
Bobbers hearken back to the post WWII era when returning soldiers wanted speed without the frills. They’d take whatever motorcycle they could find and remove just about everything but the engine, rolling chassis and seat. No front fender and a single seat with the rear fender bobbed about as short as it could be. Rattle-can paint, mostly flat black was the color of choice.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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