chris tope found a chrome gas tank at a flea market, then created this bratstyle scrambler inspired by native american culture. he first thought that the tank would have made an interesting lamp project, but that soon changed after he discovered its origin.




with only the tank to start with, tope scoured ebay and managed to find an original hodaka ‘ace’ motorcycle. replacement parts had proved tough to source, but his persistence paid off. he stretched the bike’s frame by 3-inches and reinforced the welds for added strength. the ‘hodaka ace’ now breathes through a 28 mm mikuni carburetor,  and the navajo’daka-themed engine’s power output has been raised up to 125 cc.



when generating concepts for the build, he flipped through his journal and found sketches of an indian chief, feathers, a dream catcher, and a teepee. with this influence he began the designing of the ‘navajo’, with elements of fire, air, water and earth (highlighted in the turquoise inlay). the ‘ace’ even features hand engraved buffalo nickels on the grip ends with a hodaka logo, and a morgan coin that dates back to 1882 on the tank.


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