The Kitten

2008 HONDA CRF230

Back in 2008, when gas was close to four bucks a gallon, people got scared… people got real scared. Would this mean the end of bikes as we know them? Is it time to buy an electric? Should we move to Canada? Some of us went so far as to downsize our daily rider just to save a few pennies for Friday whiskey drinks at Slabtown. Others just downsized our wife’s rides so they could continue on in 1100cc bliss. Enter the Kitten. Purchased new by an Icon employee to replace his wife’s Suburban as the family grocery getter, it only took a long winter and a little time on E-bay before it faced the inevitable grinder. Chopped, ground, and sawed within scant inches of permanent regret – the CRF230 began to take it’s final form. 18″ hoops were laced in where appropriate. Exhaust tubes were rerouted and reconfigured for maximum glass packed virility. Gas tanks were sourced, mounted, sourced again, remounted, and sourced thricely. It was all a very involved and technically recumbent challenge. But Icon emerged victorious with a wholly underpowered but visually overwhelming result – ala ‘The Kitten’. Mess with the Kitten and you’ll get the horn.

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The Kitten

2008 HONDA CRF230

Back in 2008, when gas was close to four bucks a gallon, people got scared… people got real scared. Would this mean the end of bikes as we know them? Is it time to buy an electric? Should we move to Canada? Some of us went so far as to downsize our daily rider just to save a few pennies for Friday whiskey drinks at Slabtown. Others just downsized our wife’s rides so they could continue on in 1100cc bliss. Enter the Kitten. Purchased new by an Icon employee to replace his wife’s Suburban as the family grocery getter, it only took a long winter and a little time on E-bay before it faced the inevitable grinder. Chopped, ground, and sawed within scant inches of permanent regret – the CRF230 began to take it’s final form. 18″ hoops were laced in where appropriate. Exhaust tubes were rerouted and reconfigured for maximum glass packed virility. Gas tanks were sourced, mounted, sourced again, remounted, and sourced thricely. It was all a very involved and technically recumbent challenge. But Icon emerged victorious with a wholly underpowered but visually overwhelming result – ala ‘The Kitten’. Mess with the Kitten and you’ll get the horn.

THE CONTAINER YARD CLASSIC

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