Custom Honda GB250 Clubman Has a Stealthy Presence, But Avoids Murdered-Out Look

When Brendan first got in touch with Ellaspede a few years ago, he only sought to give his Honda GB250 Clubman some minor touch-ups. As it is so often the case, these quick mods led to a few more and Brendan soon found himself going deep down the customization rabbit hole. We’re sure he doesn’t regret it, though, because the Ellaspede squad did a great job at turning his vision into reality.
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Photo: AJ Moller Photography via Ellaspede
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First things first, they took the classic single-cylinder Honda apart and gave its 249cc powerhouse a complete overhaul. Although the engine was in good shape and a rebuild wasn’t mandatory, the Aussies didn’t want to leave any stone unturned here. While putting the thumper back together, they also cleaned the carburetor and had it topped with a K&N air filter.

Some fresh exhaust pipework is also present, running a two-into-one layout that ends in a reverse megaphone muffler on the right. With the engine-related work out of the way, Ellaspede’s attention turned to the GB250’s rear end. It took more than one attempt to find a saddle suitable for what Brendan had in mind, but the lads eventually settled on a flat bench seat from Nitroheads.

It’s upholstered in black leather and accompanied by a slim LED lighting strip at the back. Posh turn signals are attached to the rearmost portion of the subframe, one on each side of a new rear fender. This bespoke mudguard carries a bare-bones license plate bracket, and it’s complemented by a second, custom-built fender at the other end.

The wheels were enveloped in retro-looking Deluxe Champion rubber from Firestone, which won’t be everyone’s cup of tea since they prioritize form over function. It’s what Brendan wanted, though, and Ellaspede’s artisans were happy to oblige. Front-end lighting comes from a six-inch headlamp and Posh blinkers just like those we’ve seen at the rear. You’ll notice CNC-machined triple clamps in that same area, but there’s a lot going on in the cockpit, too.

Twin aftermarket dials sit right ahead of a low-profile handlebar, which bears Biltwell grips and underslung bar-end mirrors. The forks and front brake caliper got rebuilt to keep handling nice and smooth, though we’re not told whether the rear drum brake and shocks experienced a similar treatment. Although the paintwork looks pretty simple from afar, a closer inspection will reveal otherwise.

Items such as the swingarm, wheels, and frame have all been wrapped in a layer of satin-black powder coating. On the other hand, the fuel tank and fenders received a gloss-black base topped with an off-white central stripe that runs from front to back. Well, we can totally see why Brendan didn’t just stop at a few simple mods here and instead decided to go all-in.
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About the author: Silvian Secara
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A bit of an artist himself, Silvian sees two- and four-wheeled machines as a form of art, especially restomods and custom rides. Oh, and if you come across a cafe racer article on our website, it’s most likely his doing.
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