Justin Kell of Glory Motor Works in LA got a call to meet with the director, David Fincher, and it begun.
Originally, the producers considered using modern bikes. But Lisbeth’s character would be the kind of bike most 20-somethings with limited financial recourses would ride and would be customized to fit her personality.
A late-60s Honda CB350 was chosen.
All the metal parts were stripped and cleaned, and sent out for paint, powdercoating, polishing or cadmium plating. Bigger gauge stainless steel spokes were added along with a new clutch, brakes, wiring harness and every fastener on the bike. The motors were torn down, carb rebuilt and fuel tank stripped and re-lined. And a final touch was cafe/flat track style seat covered in vintage glove leather.
Then they went ahead and made three of them.