RSW MEMBERS | Giles’ 1976 Honda CJ360


During the our 2014 pop-up this guy rolls into our workshop lost and looking for help. He has a tiny apartment he shares with his young family but a big dream to tear down and restore this retro Honda into a street worthy cafe-racer. 

It hurt us to close that pop-up on Giles without any real ideas of when we'd be reopening, so he had to return to using the balcony of his apartment to finish the build. And that he did, and we could not be happier to see the hard work and determination pay off!

As fate would have it, pretty much the day I took delivery of the bike a mate rang me and told me about Rising Sun Workshop, so I headed down to check it out. I actually don’t know how I would have done the initial teardown without RSW. Adrian was a massive help with guiding me on some key decisions, hooked me up with some contacts – including Sydney Cafe Racers, which I didn’t know about at the time – and generally being on hand, and an all round top bloke. I managed to do the full tear down before it closed due to their move, but then I was back to using my apartment as a workshop.”

Well done Giles, can't wait to see you sharing your hard earned knowledge to other RSW members. To see the full story of the resurrection of his Honda CJ360 click here.


Heleana Genaus

Heleana is a force of nature. Our Editor in Chief, the founder of In Venus Veritas and The Petrolette, and a co-founder of Rising Sun Workshop. Heleana shares her love of vintage cars, riding motorcycles, and (not-so-secretly) dreams of flying planes and piloting a riva aquariva (a la Sophia Loren) very fast through the canals of Venice. Supportive and connected, community is her lifeblood, and she is as real as they come.