With a goal to design a motorcycle that was approachable to any rider, Thirteen and Company’s custom built 1977 Honda CB550, displayed a real balance of maturity, elegance, and attitude. Following the success of the first model, dubbed ‘Amber’, in 2016, the bike’s second instalment launches four years later. Born out of an LA-based workshop run by Kyle Vara, the Amber II represents its creator’s continuous desire to better himself as a craftsman.
Presenting a more precise and polished finish, the Amber II began with a restoration that went all the way down to the nuts and bolts, featuring a clean café build, put together with a stock displacement piston kit, new camshaft, and a set of bearings, seals and gaskets – this new and improved bike showcases a stainless steel replacement exhaust, alongside a re-fabricated rear chassis, frame and swing arm.
Handmade with reclaimed Italian leather, the seat was designed to match its imported Italian grips, and brushed steel tank, which were both professionally clear coated to resemble a dense, deep, glass-like finish. Adapting the original fuel tank whilst sculpturally reshaping and extending it with a fabricated tail bump, the Amber II boasts a smooth, curvaceous line from front to back, only interrupted by its sunken seat.
Masterfully incorporating a single 7-inch headlight, refurbished controls and switches, motogadget electronics, a line of LED taillights, and overhauled wheels with chromed DID rims and spokes, the Amber series successfully broadens Thirteen and Company’s product range, through breaking the mould and diversifying them from the usual edgy, race-inspired build.