These days when you hear the term "hybrid" most of you have an image of a Prius pop into your head. That's not a bad thing (or so I have been told, just don't ask me if I like being behind one) however hybrids have been around a lot longer than Toyota. Not only that, but the term hybrid has a lot more to its definition than just gas/electric vehicles. You see since the dawn of man we have never been content to leave anything alone, we always sought a way to enhance everything we touched. Heck for that matter we even found a need to "enhance" the fairer sex, but I digress. Be it out of necessity, or not, we like to find ways to improve our stuff.
No doubt I am quite all of us have heard of the California Scooter Company and their idea of what a Mustang Motorcycle might be like today had the Gladden family continued production. And I might go on to suggest that a few of us (me included) have wondered what if we were to take this part from the CSC bike and adapt it to our old bike, yep a hybrid. Well my pal Cecil got involved with just such a project. You see somebody started blending the old with the new and did a pretty good job, but like I have always said the "devil is in the details" and I know of no better detail devil than Cecil.
Follow along as I share with you some photographic evidence and descriptions that might just have you considering creating your own hybrid.
Take a minute to study this, looks right don't you think. But what one needs to understand is that this doesn't happen by accident. One thing I have always done while building something, be it a car, bike, or anything else for that matter, make sure that throughout the process take a few steps back and really look at it. You will be amazed as to what you will see. For example the wheels that were on it when purchased did not "fit" the desired look so Cecil adapted original Mustang rims in order for a more substantial presence. Notice also the front fender, which by the way is actually a rear fender, and how it is mounted to the CSC front forks.
The disc brake along with the modified Mustang wheel really looks right at home here.
There is quite a bit going on here, some of you sharp eyed folks will note that the actuator for the brake is on the "wrong" side. A crossover was designed to utilize the original brake lever. Take a peek at the lightening holes drilled into luggage rack support, a neat detail that costs you nothing more than a little time. And once again an original Mustang wheel rim was adapted, it really helps to "fill" up the fender.
From this view we get a peek at the Burman 4 speed, what we don't see is the use of the 3 speed clutch assembly which with its lower operating mass improves performance. Just another one of the masters little tricks. Note also the neatly wrapped and routed wiring harness. It's the little detail things like this that don't cost you a dime, only a couple more minutes of your time.
Study this view carefully, that's the rear fender adapted to the front. Now if I had not told you that be honest would you have noticed. I talked about standing back and looking at your project, it was one of those moments when it was realized that mounting the headlight lower than usual really looked awesome. I won't even begin to imagine how good that CSC seat and springs would feel compared to my Model 2's on my old tired rear.
Here's another shot from the rear. Fit, finish, and detail. Note the steering dampner from a Kawasaki ZR1, the flip top gas cap "borrowed" from a mid 50's vintage Triumph, 1" (instead of 3/8") fuel transfer tube between the tank halves, Delorto petcocks with filters, billet head, all working in unison with the 12 1/2 horsepower engine.
One last shot, and also my favorite. That Smith speedometer is mounted in a one off piece comprised from a freeze plug and length of exhaust pipe and it is mounted to a pair of motocross handlebars via a custom bracket. Again another view of the headlight mounted lower on the triple tree. The choice of silver paint along with all the chrome really lends itself to the "clean" look that makes this one very easy on the eye.