For someone like Dani, we wanted to make this bike truly meaningful. With Dani being a Honda rider, it came as no surprise that the CR500 motor was the perfect centrepiece, fitted with a hand-built chromoly frame and body works that embodied a healthy mix of Americana and dirt track DNA.
The biggest complication on this build, was Dani actually starting the beast. After a little research, Woolie decided to raise the port timing a little and increase the bleed off notch that let off some low-speed compression. Lectern carburettors agreed to help us out and build a special carburettor that laughed at the idea of being affected by latitude. Woolie had the great idea of placing the kickstand under the left foot peg to provide a platform when starting the bike. Great in theory, until it left his feet arch badly bruised, even in trials boots.
With a major blow to the project and his foot, Woolie scrambled for a solution and came across an automatic compression release – a cylinder head mod that required some machining and welding but solved the problem completely. To give this bike the finishing touch, we took it to Saddleman for a specially made seat to outclass your standard glute cushions. ” – Michael Woolaway.
The finished bike can only be described as a certified weapon – a custom sword for the ‘Silent Samurai’ himself – Dani Pedrosa.
1985 Honda CR500 Motor w/ porting compression release completely rebuilt
Hand built Chromoly frame
Davie Durelle adjustable triple clamps
Ohlins 43mm Dirt track forks
Race Tech hand built shock by Jimmy Wood
DOT street legal Dirt track tires
Lectron Carburettor / Hand built by the owner
Body Work all hand made out of 1100 O Aluminum
19in Wheels build in SoCal at Dubya