Grzegorz Korczak from Poland is the owner of Unikat and he builds custom motorcycles on behalf of his customers. This particular Honda CB550 was owned by Pascal, a Frenchmen who now lives in Poland.
He had a clear description of how the motorcycle should be modified: build me a café racer and use some of the leather of an old Mercedes SL300. That's exactly what the team did. With that information, the team started building this incredible vehicle.
The Honda CB 550 K3 by Unikat Motors is the perfect bike for someone who’s looking for a unique bike with a classic vibe to it. The Honda CB 550 K3 used for this project was released in the year 1978. When released It featured a four-cylinder SOHC air-cooled wet sump engine.
All the modifications were done by hand. The bike was build for 650 hours of work with the help of 12 specialists. It is based in Paris. Since the modification, the bike has done 400 kilometers and comes with a French document of homologation as a Classic.
Grzegorz is a well known visual artist and has a great eye for detail. His designs always start in the digital world and then starts working on them by hand. The results are amazing. This Honda is a masterpiece.
First of all, weight was reduced by generous 30 kg. At the first glimpse, one can notice the modified subframe, smaller seat, and change of motorcyclist’s position. Unikat has left the best of the classic intact and added a luxurious finish and modern technology, an example of which is the world’s lightest and smallest Shorai battery.
The motorcycle from 1978 has undergone a complete retrofit – it has been dismantled into pieces. Every aluminum element has been sandblasted and/or hand polished. All steel elements are chrome-plated. Not to even mention the replacement of suspension and valve timing, honing, grinding and other technical works.
The exhaust pipe and air filter where designed personally by Grzegorz and hand-manufactured from stainless steel. Paintwork was performed by an acclaimed specialist, whereupon the motorcycle was glass-coated with a Pika Pika Rain.
Whenever it was possible, top-quality accessories were installed: a BAAK lamp with an inbuilt electronic Motogadget speedometer, Raacks sport sets, aluminum rear views with LED blinkers, hand-crafted clip-ons, Avon tires and much more. In order to improve the security, a second brake disc was added to the front, as well as conduits in steel cord.
Lever and seat leather has a colored patented by Mercedes and used in its SL model. Unikat has obtained it as a gift from the owner of a Paris workshop renovating these iconic vehicles.
To sum up, the works on this CB550 SL lasted for over 4 months and engaged 18 people, as well as many specialized companies. The visual effect can be admired on photos, but the experience from the ride and sound generated by four independent silencers cannot be described in words!