Bobby McCullough's 1972 Honda CB350 Restomod
The art of mating old to new is to walk an impossibly thin line. Styles from different eras of motoring often clash, as builders carelessly slam trends separated by generations of slow aesthetic evolution together. For example, one can turn to the restomod movement of the early 2000s to see a plethora of '60s and '70s muscle cars adorned with large diameter modern wheels and gaudy LED lighting. While these ham-fisted efforts are enough to keep many from even trying, the allure of bringing modern convenience to retro style is an endeavor worth pursuing.
Bobby's CB350 is a giant leap in the right direction. At first glance, it's a cafe' style Honda motorbike. It retains the period-correct powerplant, the minimalist adornments, and restrained 1970s style and colors. The addition of low-key LED lighting, a trick ignition system, and top-shelf modifications come together to make for a bike that's as easy on the eye as it is the mind.
Allowing a little bit of natural patina to stick around helps keep the bike true to its humble roots. Bobby isn't trying to hide the age of the bike, or the present a perfect, near clinical re-interpretation. This is still an unapologetic 1972 Honda CB350. The builder simply took some of the weakest points of the 1970s technology, and updated them in a near invisible way. Take note, this is how resto-modding is done tastefully.
As we begin to curate features for the new site, part of what we want to show off is how owners are continuing to use classic vehicles in the new millennium. We love our old-fashioned bikes and cars, but the present often dictates adaption to modern technology. We think that we can do both of those seemingly opposite ends of the spectrum without completely selling out to modernity. It'll be journey, but we'd love for you to join us. Thanks for checking out The Average Squad, and keep in touch.