Most marques have a golden era—that time when they dominated a race series, etching into memory iconic motorcycles and liveries. Honda has more than a few of those.
Take the legendary RS750: it hit the flat track circuit in 1983, and racked up multiple championships in the hands of Ricky Graham and Bubba Shobert. So when a customer gave his 1984 CX500E to Dirk Oehlerking of Kingston Custom, it was the RS750 that Dirk turned to for inspiration.
The brief to Dirk was short: “Build an unusual bike in an eighties style.” So he decided to emulate the tricolor mid-80s HRC factory look.
Picking the RS750 was poetic in itself: A CX500 motor powered the RS’ predecessor, the less successful NS750.…