Kott Motorcycles Exec 550 16 April 15

The frame was modified in order to receive a 1976 750 SS fuel tank. The seat is a signature Kott hand built tail piece fabricated from round bar and sheet steel to pair well with the fuel tank. The modified frame was stripped to raw steel and powder coated with a gloss clear. The result was a golden gray appearance that was carried through the build with monochromatic intention.

Brass highlights are tastefully presented throughout the build to add an antiquated and timeless appeal, carried into the rear hub and back of the seat by means of plated mesh steel. The motor is rebuilt to stock displacement and the carbs have been fully disassembled and restored with jetting accommodations for velocity stacks. A stainless steel four into one header was used to enhance performance.

The rearsets incorporate the original Honda brake and shift levers welded to a Standoff per side in order to maintain a vintage appeal. The rearset plates are all cut by hand and fit only the bike for which they are intended. Braking power was considered and optimized with the addition of a second 3/8 drilled rotor with dual trailing calipers per side of the reversed fork tubes.

A new feature of the build included a removable splash guard placed neatly between the frame rails to protect the intake velocity stacks. The headlight heralds from the 60s era pressed steel Honda design normally fitted to the SL 350s of the time. With shapely cut outs and modified headlight brackets the headlamp tied the triple clamp and fuel tank lines together tightly.

Relaced with stainless spokes the Excel shouldered aluminum wheels and Avon tires gave the bottom half of the motorcycle a stout and sturdy look. A four cell battery is neatly tucked away under the seat cowl along with brand new solid state electronic components, fresh wiring and an L.E.D. tail light.

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Alan Goodsell , 16 April 15