Mike Gustafson is a furniture maker based in Iowa, U.S.A. The furniture designer decided to try his hand at designing custom motorcycles in his free time. So far, his shop, called Monnom Customs, has built two bikes. His first bike was a blue Honda CB550 that is adorned with lots of wood. This build was named Bike of the Week by Bike EXIF.
Gustafson’s latest creation promises to be just as awesome as his first build. His newest bike is a M2 Cafe Racer. For this bike, Gustafson started with a 1973 Honda CB350 and transformed it into the cafe racer. His goal was to create a comfortable, functional motorcycle that is also fun to ride.
The M2 Cafe Racer is a great example of excellent craftsmanship combined with modern performance. Gustafson completely rebuilt the engine. He added an electronic ignition by Charlie’s Place and a Motorsports Electrics charging system.
Not surprisingly, this custom bike features plenty of wood bodywork. The seat is made from solid black walnut. The seat is inset with racing seat foam. This gives the bike a race feel. The toboggan-style front fairing was constructed from walnut, as well. To mount the fairing to the forks, Gustafson welded several simple brackets to steel tubes. These slide over the upper fork tubes, which ensures that the setup is not too visually distracting. The rear bump of the bike was shaped from wood as well. Other upgrades include Dyna coils, a new wiring system and antigravity battery and custom exhaust headers.