” With a population of over 1.3 billion, there are bound to be some interesting custom motorcycles being built in China. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see them. There’s the occasional Chinese builder who cultivates links to the western scene, but the majority seem to stay within the confines of the world’s most populous country.
This Honda CB125 custom has come to light by accident, via the motorcycle historian Paul d’Orléans. And it’s an absolute cracker. It was built by photographer Valen Zhou of Chengdu and he’s called it ‘Monstub’—a mix of monster and cub—“because it looks weird and has a small engine.”
But has it really come to light by accident? The backstory is almost too good to be true. Zhou’s girlfriend Remo interviewed Paul as part of her journalism class, and when Paul asked how she’d found him, she mentioned that her boyfriend was working on a custom bike. His suspicions were aroused—too many coincidences going on. ”
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