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A little while ago, Will, George and Jarred purchased three Honda CT110 motorcycles to have around the workshop - just for fun.

Ideas for what should be done with the bikes were discussed in between lunchtime races in the neighbouring paddock.

 

 

 

The CT110 was well regarded for decades by New Zealand farmers for their extreme reliability, economy and ease of operation.

The clutchless, four-speed transmission (known as a centrifugal clutch) does not require a clutch lever. The freeing of the left hand for the rider made this little red machine an iconic part of New Zealand history - also serving as the perfect form of transport for the classic "Postie".

 

 

With such a simple and well-designed machine at our fingertips, we decided to give one of the bikes a new look, learning as much as we could about it along the way. 

The bike was stripped down and all unnecessary parts were removed. Many different processes took place to change the appearance as we set out to create a clean and simple looking motorcycle. 

 

 

Bolts and nuts were heated to glowing red and dunked into a container of old oil. This DIY black oxidising process turned many of the small, metal parts black.   

 

 

 

Larger steel was stripped back, blackened with a blackening solution, and waxed for protection against rust.

 

 

The chrome wheels were sandblasted and powder coated, along with the frame and all cosmetic parts. New handlebars, road tyres, filters and more were purchased and installed.

 

 

The small, finishing details were the most satisfying part of the build. We had a custom, bull leather seat made from our friends at Fenmore, and custom George & Willy leather mudguards from our friend Les completed the project.

 

 

 

 

 

George & Willy Motorcycle is available for purchase on our online store, check it out here https://www.georgeandwilly.com/products/ct110 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We wake up every morning and unlock the workshop, have a cup of tea and are excited to work with honest materials to create beautiful products for you”

George, Co Founder

“We wake up every morning and unlock the workshop, have a cup of tea and are excited to work with honest materials to create beautiful products for you”

George, Co Founder

“We wake up every morning and unlock the workshop, have a cup of tea and are excited to work with honest materials to create beautiful products for you”

George, Co Founder

George & Willy is a design studio and workshop who makes life tools.“We are naturally curious, we ignore trends and solve problems to enlighten people with objects for everyday use.” George & Will met when they were 12 year olds, skiing together at the local hill. They bumped into each other again at University where they were both studying business degrees. With access to the university workshop called the “tin shed,” one thing led to another and instead of applying for graduate jobs they found themselves making things and selling them outside the university library. They never really stopped and have turned their child like enthusiasm for making things, into a full-time thing.

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