The Mighty Six Is a Custom Honda CBX1000 Freshened Up With Tons of Modern Goodies

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Arthur Renkema and Job Leussink have been wrenching on motorcycles from a pretty early age, but their very first professional build came in 2012. Back then, the two called a small shed in Arthur’s backyard their workspace, starting from humble beginnings and slowly making themselves known to the custom motorcycle world. They now operate as Moto Adonis and are dedicated to the bike-modding trade full-time.
What you’re seeing here is the latest project to come out of their shop in The Netherlands, and it’s just as intriguing as you’d expect! It all started with an email from a potential client, which stood out mostly due to the donor bike he was requesting. Namely, the guy wanted this build to be based on a Honda CBX1000, so Arthur and Job were thrilled to be given that opportunity.

Dubbed The Mighty Six, their bespoke reinterpretation began with an earlier model from Honda’s lineup, predating the instance when the CBX was turned into a sport-tourer. Arthur and his teammate have always been fond of the Japanese six-cylinder icon, and giving it the custom treatment was basically a dream come true. After clarifying all the details with their customer, they sourced an appropriate donor and dug straight in.

Besides the fuel tank, every bit of stock bodywork on this machine was promptly eliminated, along with the wheels, brakes, and suspension. Then, the boys zoomed in on the footwear department, installing a pair of laced Kineo hoops that measure 17 inches in diameter at both ends. Their rims are hugged by grippy Phantom Sportscomp tires from Pirelli’s catalog.

Moving on to the suspension, the Dutch duo fitted a beefy set of upside-down Ohlins forks where the skinny OEM units had once been. Custom triple clamps hold these goodies in place, but things became even more interesting at the other end. First, Moto Adonis swapped the factory swingarm with the single-sided trellis unit of a Ducati Monster S4R, which was clearly a lot easier said than done.

The Mighty Six
Photo: Martin Hogeboom
Rear-end suspension duties are no longer managed by twin shock absorbers, but rather a modern Ohlins monoshock with adjustable preload. As for the brakes, they now consist of drilled discs bitten by Brembo calipers fore and aft – a notable improvement over the motorcycle’s stock parts. Job and Arthur did away with the original subframe, as well, fitting a shorter handmade alternative in its stead and hooking it up to the new shock absorber.

Atop the rear frame tubing, we notice an aluminum tail section that’s been fabricated from scratch, along with an all-new solo seat wrapped in black leather. The upholstery was handled by Marcel Miller, while the swingarm-mounted license plate holder is a bespoke item built in-house. It carries a full suite of LED lighting components, all fitted nice and low to keep the tail as clean as possible.

Rounding out the specimen’s updated attire is a custom front fender, accompanied by an aftermarket LED headlight a bit higher up. Motogadget is the name of the game in the cockpit area, with twin Chronoclassic dials replacing the CBX1000’s standard instrumentation. The grips, glassless mirrors, and bar-end turn signals were supplied by the same German brand, while the brake and clutch master cylinders came from Brembo’s catalog.

The Mighty Six
Photo: Martin Hogeboom
All the electronics got rewired through a Motogadget control module, and the fuel tank received a discreet pop-up filler cap for an ultra-tidy look. Of course, The Mighty Six wasn’t going to get away without a comprehensive rebuild of its six-cylinder engine. Moto Adonis decided to outsource this task to Bert over at SixCenter, as his garage was fairly close by and he was the perfect man for the job.

With the monstrous inline-six powerplant restored and returned to their shop, Arthur and Job got started on the exhaust pipework. They came up with a striking six-into-six setup made of stainless-steel, with each header ending in a premium MAD silencer. Individual aftermarket pod filters are present on the intake side of things, and the standard clutch was swapped with a hydraulic alternative.

Following the installation of billet aluminum rearsets, it came time for Moto Adonis to take care of the paint job. They finished all the bodywork components in a dark shade of metallic-blue, topping it off with a black stripe running centrally from front to back. Moreover, there are gold pinstripes on each side, complementing the Ohlins forks and Brembo brake calipers rather nicely.

Now, many would say that a fabled cult classic like the CBX is a dish best served stock, but The Mighty Six certainly doesn’t disappoint. It’s what we imagine Honda’s titan to be if it were released in the modern age, with neo-retro looks and top-shelf running gear all-round. The project’s authors describe it as one of their most exciting ventures to date, and that’s saying something given the other entries in their build archive!
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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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