Old Empire Motorcycles takes on this Honda CB360 and revamps it into a classy Gypsy.
iMotorbike is back with another new custom bike discovery! This classic 1976 Honda CB360 has taken a swing as Norfolk’s Old Empire Motorcycles transforms it into a magical ‘Gypsy’. Their latest creation has all the necessary reasons to bring itself to the limelight of custom bikes.
Gypsy: The Beginning
The customer approached the team at Old Empire after being drawn into their stunning Vulcan CB250. At first, the team declined due to the mountain of work stacked for them. However, the customer was adamant to bring his dream into reality. Empire’s Rafe and Alec took the chance to reassess the original build.
“As with anything we’ve completed, once it’s done we always look back and wish we had changed this or that or done something differently,” Alec says as quoted from Pipeburn. “In this case, we had a look at what we disliked about the Vulcan. It wasn’t much, but there were some small things.”
“First was the stance,” Alec says, “It was too high at the front. So the first thing we did was shave an inch of the Aprilia forks and lowered the top yoke right down onto the headstock. Secondly was the tank. She always did need a diet up top, so on the Gypsy the tank was carefully narrowed, angled and tapered to get the right profile.”
Gypsy: The Process
Gypsy: The Finishing Touches
The paint job of the bike is the final touch of the Gypsy. Black Shuck did the honours of coating the Gypsy. GB Upholstery hand-stitched the seats and the outcome of the entire bike is as jaw-dropping as we could ever imagine.