My first true attempt of a professional and detailed custom build is on this 1982 Honda CB750.
I was first influenced by this bike when I came across the Hookie CB750 build, a build that really ticked my boxes with design.
Arriving back to the UK in January 2015 and catching up with my oldest and truest friends, I found myself living and breathing the iconic Isle of Man TT race experience with Keith Amor and his beautiful new family.
In the midst of building a brand new race team with a fleet of exceptionally high tuned Honda CB 600’s and BMW 1000 RR’s, I had no choice but to follow in the same intensity that Keith thrives on to become a contender on the start line of a TT race. Its an experience not many humans will ever have, and in a style only few will understand, Keith and I began preparation for another lap of the UK road races at speeds over 200mph.
With a freshly built workshop dripping in titanium and a fully loaded double box of brand new snap on tools, it was the perfect opportunity to build my first proper custom motorcycle.
The original bike was a clean JPS edition CB750
The bike was completely cleaned, stripped and de-tabbed. I modified the rear end into a cafe racer style tail loop then set about a full engine rebuild with new pistons, clutch and seals under the strict guidance of chief technician and brother of Keith - Guy Amor.
I wanted to keep a raw look to the bike and having Keith’s race ready Honda CB600 gleaming on the bench next to me, made me realise I wanted to replicate the style of the engine.
After observing in great detail, it was the only direction I wanted to go. The style so far was brushed aluminium and satin black.
Carburettors completely stripped, parts individually vapour blasted then rebuilt with new seal kits and topped of with high end racing K&N filters.
Engine casings were sprayed satin black and covers polished to a brushed aluminium finish.
The original exhausts are still used with chopped down muffler. The sound is for true race fans!
Using my inspiration from the Hookie CB build, I then started crafting of the rear end, this is my favourite part of the build. I wanted the rear to match the tank and to keep a racing feel while also fitting into modern day to day surroundings, I envisioned this bike cutting laps round the streets and cafes of London in summer.
I went with a black/charcoal coloured alcantara fabric for the seat and made sure it ran completely flat along the sub frame. The rear of the seat runs at the same angle as the bottom sub frame bar, keeping all the lines working together and flowing into the rear cowl which was fabricated from steel. The end result was a super neat and tidy rear end of the bike with a little space for a custom fitted rear light.
The final step was colour and design. I got myself in a spin thinking about an original red for the Honda, but it was just too difficult! After getting a feel from the people around me I went with a dark liquid charcoal colour.
I still had a deep feeling for red with this Honda and eventually made it stick with the help from my old design buddy Andrew Ferguson. We took inspiration from the original JPS design and another well crafted CBX 750 by Skon Style. The end result was an original red line through the tank running with the same lines as the subframe and the ground. Its a design that harps back to the old Honda days and gives it a clean and original finish.
Electronic pack by Motogadget really brings this bike into the future. Tiny digital instruments give this build a unique and clean look while also feeling the power and soul of a classic highly tuned CB 750 engine.
Firestone Champion Deluxe tyres are one of my favourites and reminds everyone of the bikes classic nature. Bringing the old into the future.