Headed up by Winston Yeh, Rough Crafts unequivocally stands as one of the planet’s leading custom moto shops, with a body of work that’s as eclectic as it is world-class. And despite churning out a slew of spare-no-expense projects in 2022, the Taipei-based shop has now opted to kick off the new year with a bang with the unveiling of its latest one-off work, a custom Honda CB1100 christened the “Oriental Uppercut.”
Based on a 2021 Honda CB1100 RS Final Edition, the build is modeled after the Japanese marque’s’s CB1100 TR concept bike from 2016 — a one-off-one street tracker concept from Big Red that just happens to be Yeh’s all-time favorite motorcycle, production, custom, or otherwise — though sees the TR bestowed with Winston’s signature aesthetic. With help from Simon Fiber Craft, Yeh has treated the retro-inspired donor bike to a custom forged carbon fiber tank that feeds into an integrated set of radiator shrouds. Also crafted from forged carbon is a one-off front fender and the project’s tracker-style tail, the latter of which Yeh has set atop a one-off subframe before capping off with a bespoke partially-diamond-stitched black leather seat.
In typical Rough Crafts fashion, Yeh has also treated the Honda to a laundry list of super high-end components including Over Racing rear-sets, an Ohlins FGRT227 fork slotted in custom Rough Crafts triples, a modified Ohlins TTX AT701 shock, and ultra-premium 17” five-arm carbon fiber wheels from BlackStoneTek that have been shod in Pirelli Supercorsa superbike rubber. Guided by a grilled Rough Crafts headlight, the build also now features a Rough Crafts gas cap, a KOSO taillight, micro-LED rear indicators, and a set of Motogadget bar-end LED signals. The donor’s air-cooled 1,140cc inline-four engine has also been gifted a full titanium Rough Crafts x SC-Project S1GP exhaust and a set of Sprint Filters intake pods. The project’s finishing touch is a one-off livery from Rover Works Custom Paint that sees matte black and exposed forged carbon juxtaposed via gold pin striping and matching Rough Crafts shop tank decals.
Based on how the Oriental Uppercut turned out, we’d love to see Yeh put Rough Crafts’ signature spin on some of our other favorite concept bikes.