As a professional graphic designer, illustrator and everything on wheels enthusiastic. My passion is all about creating and making unique things. Drawing, designing, building all things I love cam everything together in my HONDA CB 750 Caferacer project.
About ± 20 years ago I saw this magnificent machine. First time I saw, smelled and heard this bike, I was completely in love with the Honda CB 750 K2 1976 and kickstarter. At the time I drove my first motorcycle a Kawakaski z250a from 1979. Back in the days I didn’t have the money to buy the bike I fell in love with. Then, 6 months later, I got my first payment from my first big freelance graphic design job in Amsterdam, the Netherlands! Immediately I went back to the bikestore, the bike was still there and so I bought my Honda CB 750. I rode it on sunny days for 2/3 years. But then, more and more problems appeared and didn’t have the skills to fix it. So, the bike disappeared into the background and I started other bike and car projects. Until recently. I started to form soms ideas and begon the redesign, rebuild and restoration of my beloved Honda CB 750.
Build and restoration
Since I buyed the CB 750 more then 20 years ago, I had gained a lot of experience in building showcars and other bikes. The CB 750 wasn’t running anymore and everything was rusted, tires flat, leaking oil and gasoline and rubbers dried up. Also, I wanted to change the look. So now, it was the right time to start this project. About 3 years ago (2017) I started to restore this bike and did a complete overhaul.
First, I made a plan, a sketch of what I wanted: redesigning the whole bike. I wanted the bike to be a mix between a caferacer and scrambler with both old and new influences, yet with its own unique identity. Different then all other CB’s. I kept the tank and a lot of original parts and changed the rest. Besides the the looks, I also wanted to drive it! Cool looks, a practical bike and easy to disassemble and work on. I gathered the parts from all over the world. From Sweden to England, the US to South Africa and from Japan to Germany. And so on and so on! Scrambling on eBay, caferacer websites, junkyards, oldtimer fairs etcetera. It was a lot of work to gather the special parts I wanted to upgrade the bike.
Everything is handcrafted with great care and attention so I can enjoy it the next 20 years. I completely stripped and rebuild the bike the right way. For example: Unbolding the tank and seat is only a 5 minutes job, they are attached with 2 nuts/4 bolds and electronic connectors. Everything on this bike custom made, restored, replaced or new. Parts were sandblasted, polished or fresh paint on every part. The seat, fairing and gastank are lined out and fabricated to one-important-line and stand. Under the seat is a glove compartment. And the original CB Gauges were combined with the new fairing and clip-ons. The solid and save build to make this a reliable and easy to work on bike. A specially all electronics are renewed (the reason it stopped running). The result a is fun to drive bike! Low and fast gives the bike a real fun factor. Nice to ride over the Dutch dikes and local roads to clients and friends.
The biggest challenge of this build
The biggest challenge I only had a 5m2 garage in the city-centre! You can imagine it was a big challenge to work very organized and with microscopic precision. The parts were everywhere in our house for a year or so, due big amazing of my girlfriend. Welding, grinding, sanding, painting, remodeling the bodywork and sandblasting had to be done somewehere else. And that’s a good thing, because professionals can help you do things right and good at one try. At assembly it was one job and then clean up everything. And work really carefully not to scratch anything. One day the motor felt over and I got stuck between the bike and the wall. Thanks god, my girlfriend was home, help me lift the bike, and I Only got a bruise. Sometimes I went wrenching on the street, resulting to a lot of fun conversations with fellow city people and Honda CB enthusiasts. With a lot of patients, it can be done, as you can see, but I don’t recommend it.
The Concept and design:
The name for the bike is ‘The Night Owl’. It is inspired by native Americans. I wanted to created a dark and mystical bike. Geometrically, graphics fits the design of the CB 750. The graphics fits the visual language of the bike. The graphics reflect an owl, arrow, and dreamcatcher. In same style the speedo and tachometers are designed. It’s a tattooed bike with his own unique character. For the gas tank I designed a geometric owl, a simple and classy style. I replaced the faded-out tacho and speedo meter with my own design.
The overhauled engine was build by previous owner. It has big bore pistons and was upgraded to +800cc. The 4 into 1 exhaust easy flow with stainless-steel bomb muffler gives it a cools sound. It has high velocity stacks bigger nozzles for performance. And all new ignition parts make it a fast, reliable and loud bike.
The color is BWM X08 champagne Quarz Metallic. I painted and did the bodywork myself. With own design on tank, rearseat and frontfender. Graphics designed them myself. The frame, wheels, oil tank and other parts are powder coated black with metallic flakes.
• Oil pressure gauge kit
• Joker Machine Speedo & Tach Clamp Rings
• Joker Machine finned starter cover
• Finned clutch, points, stator covers (NOS)
• Aluminium Oil Catch Can
• Ducati 900 SS Imola Rear seat
• Custom build Imola inspired tank
• Honda CB 750 F oil tank
• Front fender offroad, unkown
• Seat, custom, self made
• Fairing Kawasaki EL 250
• Harley taillicht led cnc alu
• Kawasaki EL 250 headlight housing
• Harley Black LED Daymaker headlight
• Gauges led
• Indicator lights (mini) led
• MotoBatt Gel accu
Suspension and steering
• Clip-ons 35mm
• Footpegs by Raask
• Front: TR400 CNC Fork pre-load adjusters
• Rear: Emgo Black Shocks
Wheels & tyres
• Original Honda CB rims
• New stainless steel spokes by JD Wheels
• Heidenau Scout K60 Tire 140/80-18
• Heidenau Scout K60 Tire 110/80-19
• Front: Dual disk brake calipers
• Stainless brake lines
• Front: Nissin 19mm Master Cylinder
• Rear: Original drum brake
• Rear: TR400 CNC Brake torque arm
• CNC Chain/wheel adjuster set
• All electrics new, new rectifier ect.
• RIZOMA Mirrors
• Oury BMX grips
• Alle stainless steel bolts
Interested in buying this CB 750? Make me a really-really good offer and i’ll maybe consider it to finance new future projects!