OK. So I may have sided with the “purists” when it came to Bryan Fuller and his chopping the beautiful 1969 Honda CB 750. But this bike I have is not in the same league. And anyway, I got a beater fender to practice on, and didn’t mess it up, so I still have my stock one, if I want to put the old chrome, pitted piece back on there.
I decided that with the look of the bare metal, polished tank, the bike was leaning very silver heavy. So adding a little black back into the mix seemed like it couldn’t hurt. I got an old front fender from a guy who was literally abandoning an old rusted out Honda CB 550, so I didn’t feel nervous when I fired up the air grinder, and threw on the cutting wheel. Away i went, cutting the lines across the fender, sorta free-hand, and ended up with something that was worth painting and giving a try.
I finished it up with a few coats of black paint that had lying around the Moto Preserve, and then a quick clear coat for good measure…
So far, I think I like it. It balances the esthetics a bit more, and lets the front end stand on its own (the giant chrome fender was overpowering), which will look even better when the new tire is one there.