BIKE BUILD OFF … WE HAVE A WINNER
The Deus Bike Build Off is done and dusted for another year, and as always, those who built bikes showed what can be (and shouldn’t be able to be) done with a custom motorcycle. For the first time, we set it up as an online platform, so builders from all over the globe could get involved in the fun. The competition only ever had one main rule, to do ‘the most with the least’.
Interpret this as you wish.
Although we don’t think the world of creative bike building really needs a ‘winner’, we thought we’d better crown someone with bragging rights until the next Bike Build Off instalment.
To find this best in show we assembled 11 judges, from all facets of the motorcycling world, gave them a week to look over the 200+ entries submitted, then asked them to score their top builds, scoring high for builds which incorporated ‘the most with the least’.
Without further ado, we’re pleased to announce that Aaron Laniosz came out on top, with his Electric Honda S90.
Here’s a bit about Aaron’s build:
“I moved to Long Beach, CA almost exactly one year ago. Upon arriving in California, I knew I wanted two things: my first surfboard and my first motorcycle. I picked up both on Craigslist. I paid $40 for each. The surfboard was riddled with holes. The motorcycle was rusted and seized. The seller had used this Honda s90 as a parts bike to complete a restoration build on another. He had removed enough that there was slim chance it would ever run again.
I didn’t know what I would do with it, but I was desperate to own something with two wheels. So I told him, “If we can fit it in the back of my little sports car, I’ll take it for $40″ He promptly grabbed a wrench, removed the front wheel and together we wedged it in. Single-handedly lifting the motorcycle out of my car in the dark that night was far more sweaty and arduous. I began meticulously dismantling and removing rust piece by piece until I had a naked frame. I sprayed everything with two cans of satin black spray paint. Then, I began to reassemble.
The summer before I moved to California, I taught a summer camp for elementary school students in which we built a collection of E-Go-Karts. That experience is where the idea of an electric motor conversion originated. I ordered the parts and began creating custom mounts for the motor, controller, and battery. Throughout the build, I had no access to metal working tools. All electrical and wiring components were replaced. The internal combustion engine was replaced with a 48v 2000w brushless direct current motor powered by a 17AH lithium ion battery.
All work was done in my converted garage/studio apartment. The bike and all of its pieces sat on the floor between my bed and my kitchenette. I stepped over it each day getting out of the shower. I did, however, have access to a 3D printer and CAD modelling knowledge from my studies in architecture. I 3D modelled and printed all necessary custom parts at work during the day and fit them on the bike each night. The whole build was a learning experience with endless Google searching and watching of Youtube How-To’s. The moment I mounted the new tires and got it rolling, I was so stoked.
I stopped building and rode the bike for over a month without proper brakes. Now, completed enough, I ride the bike to the gym and back every single day. It has its quirks, but nothing beats rolling around on something you built with your own hands, within a budget of $900.
The Electric s90 looks like the past and goes like the future.”
A second hand bike for under $100, thrown in the boot of the car to get it home … in Bike Build Off speak, he’s off to a good start. Add some tidy finishes, attention to detail, a lot of elbow grease, some 3D printed parts, an electric conversion, built in his living room, for under $1000 … it ticks all the boxes.
Congrats to this year’s winner, and thanks everyone else who entered or came to one of our events around the world.
Head to www.bikebuildoff.com to check out all the global entries in this year’s competition.