Not bad for a bike that was built in a fucking kitchen in Ocean Grove. A kitchen the size of your bathroom nonetheless. I’m not joking.

Seth Ferris’ 1971 Honda CB450 started out as a shit green stock Honda. After riding around on the thing for almost a year, he decided it was time to strip the bike naked and redress it from toe to head. From the ground up is what I’m telling you.

The engine came out in the front yard and was roped up to Ferris’ second floor porch. The rest of the bike was then disassembled and hoofed upstairs as well. That’s when Seth got to workin’.

His studio apartment, which comes in at under 350 sq ft, was transformed into a garage. Every inch of the place was covered in bike parts. Imagine what his poor neighbors were thinking when they heard metal grinders and power tools buzzing at all hours of the day and night. Most interesting however is that Ferris had no real mechanical skills. He bought a manual for his bike and figured out how to make it all work again.  

As is the case with all hard work and determination, there’s a nice payoff when it’s all said and done. The result is what you see here. Pretty much everything has been reworked on this anything but stock 450.

The wheels were powdercoated black and dressed with vintage Firestone reproductions from Coker Tire, new BMX style tracker bars were installed along with a new speedo and throttle cable from Second Life Bikes on Main Street in Asbury.

A custom battery box was fabricated out of steel. The engine was painted black, exhaust pipes wrapped, the rear fender was chopped, painted and refit, the front fender was re-fabricated as were a new license plate bracket and taillight. That’s just the beginning of it. Bottomline is this thing was overhauled soup to nuts. There’s basically no trace of the original bike with exception to the frame and a few other miscellaneous parts.

The tank was painted this vintage maroon shade at T&T Motors in Red Bank.

The seat, which was designed by Ferris, was upholstered at Asbury Auto Tops. Seth cut the seat pan out of an old, metal street sign. DIY at its finest and a great way to save a buck because make no mistake about it, the costs do add up quick.

All in all, Seth took a stock Honda and turned it into a vintage inspired, bratstyle motorcycle that has tons of style and that definitely holds its own on the pavement. When the ride is over, a beer and a burger at Bond Street Bar in Asbury is always the best way to cross the finish line.

All photos by John Defiora and taken outside Bond Street Bar in Asbury Park.


  1. Jake says:

    I’ve seen this in person and it looks even better. Lot’s of good bikes around town, hope to see more features like this.

  2. Nadine says:

    Seth ! . . .time to quit that day job, ‘an open the bike shop ! you got it.

  3. Kyle says:

    Seth! Bike looks good. Miss you bro.

  4. steph says:

    Cuz! Way to go. I always knew you were talented…now everyone else knows too. Xo

  5. Olivia says:

    That bike is rad. And so are you. Great work!

  6. Vinnie says:

    Damn good job Seth Ferris, another indication of your many skills and abilities no matter the challenge.

  7. DiamondBaby says:

    Ride it like ya rebuilt in yer kitchen…

  8. Tim says:

    Been thinking of getting a fixer upper CB450 that has been for sale in my area… after reading this, I’m doing it! Great work Seth!

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