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…