Chris Tope\u2019s restoration of a 1967 Hodaka Ace 100 was more of a quest than what he had originally intended. Coming across an interesting gas tank at a swap meet, Chris thought it might make a nice lamp, so he picked it up for $20. When he started researching the H emblem on the tank, he discovered that it came from the Hodaka motorcycle company\u2014a company he had never heard of. Knowing that using the tank for a lamp would be a waste, Tope started searching for a donor bike and other parts. He found the bike on eBay, and got it with a winning bid of only $120.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe bike was restored in a fifth-wheel toy hauler trailer while Tope lived out of an RV in Bangor, Maine. Having grown up in a home decorated with Native American art, Tope went with that theme for the bike. He commissioned artists to hand engrave an 1882 Morgan coin as well as two 1937 Buffalo nickels (with a skull in full native headdress and with petroglyphs) to add to the bike. The grips are cholla cactus, and the seat is covered in a vintage saddle blanket. The look is completed with a dreamcatcher, a gift from Tope\u2019s mother, hanging under the seat.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIt took a lot of searching and digging for parts, but the end result is an work of art. You can tell how much the bike means to Tope\u2014it really was a spiritual quest for the builder.\r\nCheck it out\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.