Honda CBR 929 #1

929We all feel the need to put our own personality and performance into our builds. Even though they become ours eventually, many of us are drawn to a particular model that favors our distinct tastes. Our editor-in-chief has a twisted fetish for Honda’s CBR929RR—to a point that he decided to name himself after it, and has owned 3 929RR’s to date. And like so many projects, good intentions and planning often get sidelined by life and responsibilities. This particular build had a lot of ups and downs and unforeseen curve balls thrown at it over the years. I teased him regularly that it had made a groove in the garage floor from sitting so long.929 #1 had a bit of a hard life before it got to the point where it is now. After looping a wheelie during the Summer Nationals in Worcester, MA, in 2006, it was put in the garage to await its first rebuild. The next summer, it was put back together for a short two days that revealed a very unnerving problem. The previous summer’s incident had cracked the lower steering bearing race. This small oversight turned its ugly head while out for the season’s first ride. Thankfully, the problem was recognized before any bodily or further mechanical harm could be inflicted. Once again, the bike was stripped and shelved until a new frame could be sourced.

Fast-forward to February of 2009. Two years had passed, and a growing pile of parts had collected cobwebs—and housed a colony of insects (haha-af). Meanwhile, our roving editor became acquainted with Roman Levin, owner and master builder of FOH Cycle Fab in Fords, N.J. While meeting with Roman originally to feature some of the FOH creations, they eventually got to talking about Adam’s stagnant 929. By the end of the meeting, Adam had entrusted Roman to resurrect the lifeless 929 and make the dream fighter Adam had always envisioned it to be.  With a collaboration of ideas, the pile was on a trailer headed for Jersey, with a frame ordered new from Honda USA. The project finally had motivation.

Once Roman had the bike, he took assessment of all the bits that Adam had been collecting for it over the years. Satisfied that there were many good pieces to work with, he began the process. The motor was hoisted on the lift, blown out and drained, and the cases were prepped for paint. The color scheme was simple but striking and very CF; black and green. The first piece to get a touch of the bright green stuff was the engine. Roman laid down a stunning green and clear coat. With the Erion frame as a point of reference; the swinger, sub and fork covers were immediately prepped to receive the matching matte black finish.

Now the rest of the bike could fall into place. The stock forks performed well enough, but against the beefy custom triple clamps made by fslFlint, they needed to look the part. Roman crafted a set of fork covers to bring the visual dimensions of the front end into line.  Out back, he replaced the stock box swingarm with the more sculpted 954’s version. To get the bike up and rolling around again are a set of 5-spoke RC51 wheels wearing Braking Wave rotors.

Controls were sourced from some the best names in the industry. An Easton Fat Bar kit was fitted with ASV shorty levers, linked to 600RR perches. Driven Skully grips fit the theme of the bike and keep the feel of the bars. CRG handles the rear views and Russel stainless lines carry the brake fluid. Keeping feet on the bike is courtesy of a limited edition set of Grand Dragon Racing rearsets.

With the bike up and running again, all attention turned to making the bodywork stand apart. The gas tank alone is a piece of craftsmanship. Roman wanted to add a special touch to clean up the tank’s lines. The engineers at Honda design an excellent machine, but that excellence comes designed to work fully faired . The original ram air tubes came in from the side of the tank. Without fairings, this leaves a pair of large holes, and a view of an unsightly plastic air box. To fix this eyesore, Roman welded and molded panels to the edge of the tank that look like they were there from the factory. At the rear of the bike, the large factory tail section was replaced by a more modern modified 600RR unit, attached to a modified 929 subframe. Cushioning comes via a modified GSXR seat. The stock 929 belly pan was  modified and affixed in such a way to wrap around the modified Supertrapp under engine exhaust. And to top off this nice collection of one off and refabbed body pieces is an FOH-created stacked headlight unit, housing HID projector beams and a KOSO Digital gauge unit.

With the fab work complete, the bike was treated to multiple glass coats of metallic green, black and charcoal grey that take on a simple and tasteful design that really makes the bike’s lines stand out.

After two years of taking up space in the garage, it’s finally become Adam’s dream bike. It’s also the bike that started it all for him, and the reason CF exists today, 929 #1. Thanks to Roman, Adam can finally get out and ride a proper fighter. And I don’t have to tease him anymore about tripping over it every time he goes in the garage.

Pictures: Adam Frantz | Text: Scrapyard

2 Responses to “Honda CBR 929 #1”


    Nice one mate, awsome bike, awsome CF site, awsome dude.



  • Ewan Black:

    Just wanted to let you know that you have one fantastic motorcycle there. I’ve had a serious hard-on for this bike since I saw the first pics on the web. Absolutely amazing work – not over the top – just kinda hits the spot if you know what I mean. Well done man! It rocks!.

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