Honda CBX 1000 six-cylinder engine Motorcycle Road AND Racing Chassis


Filed Under (Honda) by admin on 27-11-2011

twin-cylinder engines. Dresda was supplied a complete bike, from which the engine was removed and fitted into the Dresda frame. It was during this project that Dave Degens’ forward thinking showed itself once more, when he incorporated monoshock rear suspension, quite an advanced feature for the early 1970s. The Yamaha project would also demonstrate that Dave Degens’ skills extended to engines. The Yamaha twin suffered a persistent internal problem; Degens established the cause and carried out modifications to eliminate it. This work led to a contract for Dresda to follow the fault right through, including visiting the Porsche test centre where development on the engine was being carried out. He oversaw the various modifications, and also developed a further mod to rectify a fault that caused
the cam chain to destroy its tensioner. Whilst at the test centre, Dave became aware that an engine under test was not running correctly, and discovered that the throttle slides were fitted incorrectly. Much to everyone’s amazement, he corrected the throttle setup, and the engine achieved its expected power output. With a successful development frame for Yamaha and the engine work, Dave Degens and Dresda Autos had shown their potential to this important manufacturer. Of course, much of the motorcycling public already knew the worth of Dresda’s work, having seen that almost any engine would benefit from being fitted into a Dresda frame: Triumph, Norton, BSA, Suzuki, Honda,
and Kawasaki units have been used. In addition to its impressive frames, still being built, Dresdan Autos also markets its own swingarm kit, and have always offered a comprehensive modification service. It will modify a frame to take an alternative engine, or convert a dual shock system to monoshock, and carry out other special frame modifcations,
such as adding extra tubes to enhance stiffness