AFT Customs CB836 Honda Streetfighter

Bryan Harley | November 11, 2014
“Cimeron” is an appropriate name for AFT Customs’ latest build. The Honda streetfighter is indeed a “wild one,” a bike begging to be ridden with abandon, to have the rubber of its Avon Cobras shredded while testing the limits of its lean angle. It’s a mean, clean machine, from its tidy tail to cut-out tank to ProTaper tracker bars, pared down to its performance-minded essentials.Seeing how AFT has a penchant for working magic on metrics, it’s little wonder the celebrated Inline Four from a 1976 Honda CB750 was the powerplant of choice for this project. But AFT’s Jim Guiffra squeezed out more of the engine’s potential with an 836 big bore kit from Wiseco Pistons, then made sure those bigger pistons got force fed plenty of fuel courtesy of twin Keihin FCR35 carbs from a Yamaha Raptor sport quad. The hop-up included a new camshaft courtesy of Web Cam, Inc. to go along with an APE cam chain tensioner. Twin coated pipes wrap tightly around each side of the engine before four become one below the seat, spent gases exiting a carbon-fiber tipped canister. The pipes received wrapping from Design Engineering, Inc. as an added measure against burnt calves. With the Wiseco big bore kit, this bike should have no problems lofting the front wheel skyward on demand.

The custom Honda streetfighter sees the debut of AFT’s hydraulic clutch made exclusively for Honda’s SOHC 750 engine. The project saw the addition of a new flywheel as well. The stock ignition has been replaced with high performance Dynatek ignition and coils to go with its new Cycle X exposed stator.

While Guiffra said they used part of the stock frame, not much of it remains. On the front, the oversized single downtube does double duty as a housing for oil. The back of the frame got trimmed down to accommodate the new tail section, built in-house by AFT. The tail includes a thinly padded solo seat, the pan wrapped by Beaver Leather Craft, and a homemade cowling topped with a carbon fiber scoop. Below it sits the heavy spring of the RaceTech G3-S, the shock designed specifically for the geometry of AFT’s Honda CB836. For the custom swingarm, Giuffra enlisted the services of friend Bryan Schimke at TPJ Customs because he had the right jig to get the job done. On the flipside, the Honda streetfighter runs an R1 front end with a steering stabilizer built onto the fork stem to keep handling quick and precise.

In the braking department, the AFT Honda CB836 runs Beringer brakes front and back, the front outfitted with a custom front rotor from Glenndyne. The front brake master cylinder and the clutch lever both have see-through tubing housing their fluids, an inventive deviation from the norm. The reservoir for the rear brake has been done the same way.

Back to the bars, wiring’s run internally to keep them uncluttered, the tidiness accentuated by a Motogadget speedometer and its miniscule LED display built into the top clamp of the risers. The bare minimum of a mirror from Constructors Racing Group sits on the left bar end. GripAce digital switches mounted in the Avon Grips helps the keep the bars tidy, too, while the decision to use a small, round Clearwater LED Headlight fits right into the “less is more” mantra of the bike’s overall design.

Helping out with finishing touches includes covers machined by Alan Kraus of Kraus Motor Company and paint by Kirk Taylor of Custom Design Studios. The 19-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels were designed by Glenndyne. The aluminum bodywork, from the tail to the fantastic-looking tank with its twin carbon fiber scoops, was done by Guiffra and the AFT Customs girls, with Shelby, Natalie, Angela, Cyndi, Kristin, Nalani and Katy all having a hand in the overall project. That’s part of the beauty of AFT. In their roles as industry spokesgirls, they get to learn tricks of the trade first-hand from a world-class bike builder, learning everything from fabrication to welding. Their learning has gone as far as taking bikes they’ve built and running them on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Their real-world experience helps the girls to be well-informed representatives of powersports businesses who hire them on for shows. While there’s no “Salt” in Cimeron’s future, Guiffra did say they were going to run the bike in the Mojave Magnum, a speed trial where competitors’ highest trap speed is measured over 1.5-miles from a standing start. The next Mojave Magnum is set for April 11-12, 2015.

Another perk for the AFT Customs girls came last June when they got the opportunity to attend a long-range shooting school held by Huskemaw Optics. Huskemaw is best known for its high-end rifle scopes and its “The Best of the West” series on the Outdoor Channel. The relationship between AFT and Huskemaw is a conduit for cross-over promotions, gaining exposure for the custom bike building scene to people outside of the industry. Not to mention most bikers are gun owners or enthusiasts and vice-versa. The AFT girls did so well at the school, they’ve been invited to compete in the Huskemaw Challenge in June of 2015.

When they’re not out blasting targets at long-range, the AFT Custom girls will continue to hone their skills on projects like “Cimeron.” The quality of the work that went into the wicked custom streetfighter has already won the Pro Builder class at the 2014 LA Calendar Show and most recently earned second place in the Custom Modified Class at the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in San Mateo. It typical AFT fashion, it’s a custom motorcycle bred more to run than sit on a pedestal as a showpiece. And soon enough it will run, flat out, as it tackles Mojave Magnum’s 1.5-mile strip.

AFT Streetfighter: 1976 Honda CB836 CR ‘Cimeron’
Year Built: 2014
AFT Customs Design + Fabrication:
All Sheet Metal, Engine, Exhaust, Intake, Components, Taillight, Hydraulic Clutch
Paint – Kirk Taylor/Custom Design Studios
Leather – Obie Beaver/Beaver Leather Craft
Anodizing – Pacific Coast Anodizing, Inc.
Powder/Cerekote Coatings – Dynamic Coatings, Inc.
Frame/Swingarm – Honda/TPJ Customs
Machine Work – Alan Kraus / Kraus Motor Company
Digital Print Carbon Fiber- Meclec Metal Finishing, Inc.
Antigravity Batteries – Battery
APE – Cam Chain Tensioner
Avon Grips – Grips
Avon Tires – Cobra 180/55X18, 120/70 X 19
Beringer Company – Brakes, hand controls
Cycle X – Exposed stator, primary adjuster
Clearwater Lights – Headlight
CRG/Constructors Racing Group – Mirror
DEI/Design Engineering, Inc. – Exhaust Wrap
Dynateck High Performance – Ignition
Glenndyne Design – Wheels, rotors
Golan Products – Petcock
GripAce – Digital switches
Joker Machine – Valve caps, chain adjuster
K&N – Air & Oil Filters
Keihin Corp – FCR 35 (two)
Moose Racing – Bearings
Motion Pro – Cables
Motogadget – Speedometer
NGK Spark Plug Co. – Spark plugs and caps
Pingel Enterprise, Inc. – Kill Switch
ProTaper – Handlebars
Pro-One Performance Products Inc. – Fuel Cap
Race Tech – G3-S Shock, Stabilizing Kit
SHOWA Corporation – Front fork (R1)
Supersprox – Rear Sprocket
Torco Advanced Lubricants – Oil
Web Cam Inc. – Camshaft
Wiseco Piston Company Inc. – 836 Kit
Works Connection – Oil filler cap

2014 AFT Customs Honda Streetfighter

The 4-into1 pipes were twisted up by AFT before receiving a cerekote coating courtesy of Dynamic Coatings  Inc. The AFT Honda streetfighter is the type of bike that encourages a little hooliganism. The AFT Honda streetfighter is already racking up its share of awards  including first place in the Pro Builder class at the 2014 LA Calendar Show.
Youll find carbon fiber spread about AFTs CB836 Cimeron streetfighter. A Motogadget speedometer is built into the top riser holding the ProTaper Tracker bar. RaceTech designed the G3-S shock on the AFT streetfighter specifically to match the bikes geometry.

Bryan Harley

Cruiser Editor |Articles | Our resident road warrior has earned his stripes covering the rally circuit, from riding the Black Hills of Sturgis to cruising Main Street in Daytona Beach. Whether it’s chopped, bobbed, or bored, metric to ‘Merican, he rides ‘em all.