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Honda CB750 Café Racer


Posted on June 26th, by Scott in Café Racer. 23 comments

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It’s almost been a year since we featured the CB750F Bobber created by Chris Tragert from Venice Choppers. Chris has again choosen to use the CB750F as the donor bike, but this time creating a mean looking CB750F café racer. “A ‘proper’ café racer is fine for nipping down to the pub for a pint, but the streets of L.A. are no tea party” says Chris. “The starting point was a 78 CB750F, chosen for it’s potent black lump. The Comstar wheels, and bodywork, however, stood in the way of the desired ‘rocker’ look, so a little reverse engineering was in order. Stripped bare, and shaved, the frame is fitted with forks, swingarm, wheels, and pegs from a 69 CB750. The rear subframe was modified to hold the battery and electrical components, which are concealed beneath a custom fitted tailpiece. Knee cut-outs on the 69 tank flow into the tuck and roll seat, to create a narrow cockpit. The lowered stance comes from cut down forks in front, with 11″ shocks, and a 135/15 radial in the rear. The engines racer intentions are broadcast through a repro Yoshimura pipe, fueled by round-top carbs with machined stacks, and ignited by a Russ Collins bevel drive spinning a Vertex magneto. Rounding out the package are a high capacity oil tank, and headlight bucket with integrated speedo”. The oil tank and headlight are from BCR and that distinctive tailpiece and pipes are clearly from Carpy. Overall the bike is a well balanced mix of classic and street – the only thing missing are the clip-ons.

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  • MikeMachine

    Love everything except the headlight looks too big.

  • Jason

    Very sexy and stout looking bike. I love it!

  • jak

    it’s not too big of a headlight, it’s just sitting too high on the fork. he need’s to trim the stock ears and lower them 3 inches. that’s a great looking bike and a nice blend of comps from two of the best out there.

  • Ecosse

    cool looking overall. but i’m not sure why this is being referred to as a cafe racer. nor why we feel a need to apply buzz-word labels to a bike.

    if it’s so important to pidgin hole it why not call it a bar hopper? or, a custom?

    still, there are details i like.

  • Greybeard

    Won’t take more than sitting on it to use up suspension travel.
    Useless.

  • Eddie

    lol and ditto @Jason and @Greybeard

  • Mike Jones

    Diggin’ the green and good craftmanship from a local custom shop, but overall score for a "Cafe Racer" – especially coming from an established custom shop – A. For effort.

  • Mercury

    Cutting up KO parts for that? Not a Cafe Racer in any sense other than "aesthetic" which it seems too many are these days. With the 15/19 setup and those shitty tires, I’m sure it handles like it’s on sand all the time.

  • shane

    nice looking bike… headlight does look like it could use some adjustment. Looks like a cafe racer to me. Not sure why anyone would say otherwise.

  • sushinav

    Because cafe racers used sh1t that made their bikes function, and nothing else. Those tires are idiotic and for looks only, the oil tank looks backwards, and that magneto looks like it weights 20 lbs and came off an oil derrick. Looks cool, but why can’t it work well and look cool?

  • jak

    for a bunch of guys who haven’t ridden this thing, you sure know how to hate on it. if the suspension looks too low, maybe skip a lunch here and there. and rockers rode plenty fast on tires before modern compounds and treads came to be. that bike looks like a damn good time.

  • Mike Jones

    Yea @Mercury..I’m afraid the cruiser style 15/19 setup won’t be practical for "Cafe Racer" scenarios

  • dixon coxxx

    You fools have too much time on your hands and some skewed, trend-based idea that motorcycles are no longer for bombing the streets with some sense of singular style and in the interest of fun. That bike looks fucking amazing man!

  • Mike Jones

    Chris Tragert from Venice Choppers wanted to build a "Cafe Racer" so we’re judging based on what classifies a "Cafe Racer". FOOL.

  • Mike Jones

    :)

  • Scott

    Just to set the record straight I called the bike a "cafe racer" because Chris the builder called it this. It may not possess some of the classic elements of a cafe racer but I still think it sits in the modern cafe racer category.

  • trag

    To all the purists, thank you for protecting the integrity of your chosen genre. Good looking out! I never meant to shit in your sandbox. The bike came out just the way I envisioned it, so rather than conform to an established standard, perhaps an alternate label is in order. That said, I’m offering a Venice Choppers t-shirt as a prize for the best name/label/tag for this bike. Offer is open to all Pipeburners, don’t be shy! Thanks to all for your enthusiasm, and support! Trag

  • Mike Jones

    urban/street/tracker/speedster!

    We’re just nitpicking as a Cafe label.
    It’s a beautiful bike though and very personal.
    A+

  • Jeremy S

    I would opt to call it, an awesome motorcycle. Can I have a free shirt now?

  • HJ

    Great bike- I’d call it a "pub hopper" nice blend-cafe-drag-chop, you can go fast on them tires- you just gotta have the stones!

  • Jurp

    "its a cafe racer", "its not a cafe racer". Christ guys who cares, I use to date a girl that dyed her hair blond, was she a blond? Not by a long shot, but she was still fun to ride. Nice bike!

  • Caffeineandpixels

    How can anyone say it’s not a Cafe Racer? Why, because it’s not British? When the boys in England got back from fighting WWII they did the same thing American GI’s did. They took what they had and tried to make them go faster. In America it was Bobbers and Choppers, stripped down for speed and comfort and for riding all the newly created highways. In England they stripped down the Nortons, Triumphs, BSA’s, etc. and built Cafe Racers. They’d get together and race from Cafe to Cafe, hence the name. Call it a bar hopper, or a Cafe Racer. I have a 1976 CB750 that still has the stock seat but I call it my Cafe Racer. Who cares??? It’s street bike, built for fun. I can easily keep up with any bike I’ve met up with on the streets. I just had it at 110mph on a nice country road and it was as smooth as glass. It felt like I was going 55.
    I like that you incorporated a bit of the original graphics on the tank, as an ode the stock bike, yet put the knee cutouts in to give it that Cafe Racer tank look. If you like it that’s all that matters.
    ….Those who matter don’t mind. And those who mind don’t matter.

  • http://venicechoppers.com trag

    Check out my website, with the un-edited write up. Might help those that need further explanation.

    http://venicechoppers.com