Counterbalance Cycles Brat Build

a2012 noid Yami 405 600x368 Counterbalance Cycles Brat Build

Weston - After building a few of these bikes, as most of you know, you seem to end up collecting a multitude of parts that end up laying around the garage.  This bike has a frame that was bought as a rusted out barn leaner… stripped down and shaved.  Then i used some of the other parts that I had laying around from other builds, and other 650s…

a2012 noid Yami 404 600x355 Counterbalance Cycles Brat Build

I cut the rear frame section and found some tubing laying around from an old triumph rear hoop.  I welded up a home made bratstyle rear end, and mounted a rear drum brake wheel to it..

a2012 noid Yami 406 600x357 Counterbalance Cycles Brat Build
The front forks are shaved, running a 21″ spool wheel with an avon speedmaster in the front.  Running a set of Baxter 1″ bars super narrow with a bates 5 1/2″ head… Custom pegs, custom battery box, roundslide carbs, Custom seat pan and upholstery, and model A fender…

a2012 noid Yami 409 600x303 Counterbalance Cycles Brat Build
Bike was fun to build and came together really fast… But the bike is even more fun to ride… Paint will come eventually, but with the warm weather on the east coast right now im gonna keep riding it until it snows… Check out more here: counterbalancecycles.blogspot.com

Weston Boege

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9 Responses to Counterbalance Cycles Brat Build

  1. rogercoleman December 12, 2012 at 12:56 am #

    I like ti a brat style that doesn’t look it, I bet some paint wil reallly set it off!!

  2. Tebo December 12, 2012 at 6:14 am #

    Shoot some clear on it. Leave it otherwise, and just ride the p**s out of it.

  3. pickles December 13, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    I definitely dig the style (love the Baxter bars!), and am curious about your upcoming choice for paint. Keep us posted!

  4. CruzBoos December 28, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Promising build so far. I don’t trust the ergonomics of the handle bar and any rider that has shaken off or gone down from a front end wobble will attest to this. Keep going and push her to the limit or at least enough to plaster a big smile on your face.

  5. dex82 December 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    yeah, i’d have to agree on the handlebars, i think they’d leave your hands and wrists in a very awkward and uncomfortable position, but beyond that she looks really cool. like the overall lines.

  6. El Gaucho January 1, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    Those bars look SKETCHY! ouch and a half in a short while. That coupled with no front brake means you need some mighty big balls to ride that any kind of distance.

  7. Wes Counterbalance Cycles January 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Thanks for all the comments/criticism. Tearing the bike down right now to paint.

    Ive put quite a few miles on the bars since the bike has been together… They def get a little uncomfortable after 50+ miles… but i love the baxter bars… ive gotten a few wobbles at lower speeds, but higher speeds they seem nice and tight… The only other thing i might do is take out the rubber bushings in the stock mounts and replace with some bronze or aluminum… Should tighten up the front end some…

    I have other bikes that are great for long trips… this will be a bar hopper and summer bike meet bike…

    cheers

  8. dex82 January 10, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    yeah, handlebars can really have an effect on the ole bod. i’ve always put 15 or 16 inch apes on anything i have but put together an xs last year and put on frisco bars. totally different and alot more comfortable. got an old shovel that i’m hardtailling and her apes have already been sliced and diced, another set of friscoes.

  9. JimmyDirtnap January 24, 2013 at 5:37 am #

    Really dig this bike. Seat is awesome, front end is super clean. i wouldn’t worry about paint either, just ride it!