IMB.14 Transforms A ’90s Honda Enduro Into A Modern MX-Inspired Masterpiece

Feb 11, 2020

Category: Rides

Produced from ’96 through 2000, Honda’s SLR 650 was a lightweight dual sport, powered by a lightly-detuned, 44hp version of the NX650 Dominator’s engine. Weighing in at around 350lbs, the Japanese thumper is still incredibly competent performance-wise, even by today’s standards. The SLR’s round headlight, ‘90s MX-inspired tank, low-mounted front fender, and side-cover/heat-shield on the other hand, all look pretty wonky in 2020. The 650’s unsightly bodywork didn’t stop Italy’s Imbarcadero 14 Venice from recognizing the potential beneath, ultimately resulting in the MX-influenced custom, dubbed “U-Turn.”

Completely stripped of its stock bodywork, the donor bike now boasts a thoroughly-modern motocross-inspired aesthetic, sporting a handmade single-piece tank and tail combo with a dirt bike-style saddle running up onto the build’s new knee-dented fuel-cell. Beneath, the Radial Four Valve Combustion Chamber single has been fully blacked-out and then capped off with a custom belly-pan. Furthering the build’s motocrosser theme is a modern beaked fender, front number-plate, and square headlight setup. Other noteworthy elements include a Virex exhaust with contrast-cut end-can, MX-style spiked pegs, CNC-machined fuel cap, FaBa spoked rims wrapped in Bates Baja rubber, Brembo calipers fore and aft biting down on upgraded petal rotors, Brembo levers, Domino quick-turn throttle, and top-shelf aftermarket switchgear.

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