Why do you chop a perfect CB750? Apparently, for Chicks!

So, I finally got around to watching the newest episode of Cafe Racer TV, which provided the follow-up to the (some say) tragic chopping of a 1969 “sandcast” CB750, by Hot Rod builder Bryan Fuller. For those who have not been following along, the sandcast models, made in the very first part of 1969, are roughly the first 7000 CB750s to roll out of the Honda Shop. These are considered the very first “super bike,” producing 67 HP, which was an outstanding feat for a production model. Sand Casting refers to the method that the cases were forged, before the factory would switch to typical die casting in late 1969. Along with some other unique features (wrinkle tank, gauges etc), these bikes are considered the creme de la creme of the CB series, and arguably one of the most sought after vintage bikes.

Along comes Cafe Racer TV, the show dedicated to furthering this genre of motorcycle in the public’s conscience. But, if the backlash on the internet has anything to say about it, choosing this particular coveted bike, and chopping it to hell, with the original owner looking on, was a big no-no. In fact, the uproar created by the segment could be seen far and wide, on such forums as Do The Ton, SOHC-4, and even in interviews with other builders, on the Cafe Racer TV episode that highlighted the initial hacking.

Fast forward to this newest episode, which happens to air a segment of the interview with Bryan Fuller, when he states that a girl seeing you pull up on a stock CB750 would probably not think there was anything bad-ass about you, but if she saw you pull up on the custom chop he ended up with, you might be able to get her to go out on a date.

Hmmmm. I was hoping this debate would die down a tad, after the episode aired, showing the beautiful work he was able to carry out with this amazing CB 750 as a backbone. Alas, that ship sailed with this latest comment, in a string of doozies…

Honda CB 550 Carb Developments, or…staring at the bike

Link arms on the old carbs

Down to the garage I trudge, hoping for a break.  I need these carbs to get straight, or else I’ll never get to the other fixes I have planned, before my trip.  The float needle issue is starting to get to me.  I have now been messing with the carbs for about a week or more.  This needs to end, and end quick.  I roll her out to the sidewalk in front of Moto Preserve, and open up the petcock, making sure to have a small container beneath the overflow tube.  This is normally when the gas starts pouring out…. Read More …

Honda CB 550: Clean Tank with Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Part 2

Crazy? I know!

Well, I could have continued to sand and buff the Honda CB550 tank, but I wanted to get on to the really important part, removing the rust from the inside.  Months ago, when I knew that I would be attempting this fix, I had acquired all the pieces of the puzzle, including: The Works toilet bowl cleaner, baking soda, some spare containers to drain the rusty gas, and a plug for sealing the tank when I removed the petcock.  They had been sitting neatly in a box, awaiting the day I would finally get off my ass and fix this tank. Read More …

Honda CB 550: Complete Carb Rebuild Part 2

Tasty Organization

More cleaning of the carbs on the Honda CB 550…  After removing the carbs from the rack holder, I took apart all the small pieces, removed the rubber o-rings and any damageable parts, and put each part in a small humus container, labeled with the number of the corresponding carb.  As I took all the pieces apart, I realized that I had some missing parts, and that this rack was in rougher condition than I thought. Read More …