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Ken Crites, a motorcyclist and gearhead from Huntington Beach, California, put a lot of time, money, and effort into this custom 1970 Honda CT70.

He built this monkey bike in his garage with customizations and improvements across the board. First, he swapped out the stock 70cc motor for a 160cc engine, then tricked out the rest of the bike with all the trimmings you could possibly imagine. This little wonder features carbon fiber seats and fenders, clubman handlebars with end mirrors, Koni air shocks, billet foot pegs, and an extended swing arm. On top of that, it supposedly does 60 MPH in top gear.

See what a little inspiration, and a lot of elbow grease, will get you by checking out the video below!

Pretty awesome, right? If you like what you saw, here’s a quick and dirty history on the Honda CT70.

Released in 1969, it was meant to be an upgrade of sorts to the popular Honda Z50 Monkey Bike. CT is an abbreviation of “Cub Trail,” which, believe it or not, pretty accurately describes the CT70. It’s a small trail bike that’s relatively cheap to purchase and maintain, while also being pretty easy to ride.

Produced until 1994, the CT70 had an engine that was an air-cooled, single cylinder, four stroke 72cc unit with a single overhead cam, a single carburetor, and two valves. Both the front and rear suspension was fitted, with forks up front and twin shock absorbers in the rear.

With foldable handlebars for easy transportation via trunk, the CT70 was actually designed for children as well as adults. Can you imagine getting your motorcycling start on one of these things?

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This post was originally published on January 19, 2017.

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