Canada’s one-man shop Darren Begg Customs specializes in resto modified motorcycles. He turns 70’s and 80’s classics into powerhouses with modern handling and braking, while staying true to the original designs. This superb 1982 Honda CB985F Evolution is the latest to leave the shop, and it’s a very special one.

Commisioned by a client who loved the look of the very first bike produced by the Ottawa-based garage, this tribute 2-wheeler is painted with a Nero Carbonio base color with beautiful hand-applied details (no vinyl decals). The bike is equipped with only the best bits, including OHLINS suspension all around, a modified SRAD swingarm, gold-anodized Oz Racing’s Gass wheels, and the newest generation of Michelin RS tires. The engine was also “massaged” with a bunch of high-performing upgrades while stopping power is provided by Brembo brakes.

After all the tweaking, the motorcycle is now 82lb lighter than when it started and has a weight bias of 51% front to 49% rear. Needless to say, the result is a stunningly-executed modern classic that’s as functional and reliable as it gets.

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imagePhotos By Darren Begg