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Honda CB750 K7 Café Racer

Posted on November 14, 2011 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 28 comments

The value of a vintage bike is usually calculated by how common that bike is in that particular country. It’s the basic laws of supply and demand. For instance, in America there’s still quite a lot of Honda CB750’s for sale – so they still offer pretty good value for money. However in a country like Greece, these Honda CB’s are extremely rare. So when Aris Pavlidis from Adrenaline Junkies in Greece found one laying in the back yard of a carpenters workshop, he couldn’t believe his luck. “It was in very bad shape but due to the rarity of this bike in Greece, I immediately went nuts about it, my mind started to make crazy plans for it” says Aris. So the next day, after a bit of haggling he bought it for $600 usd and got busy on his new found project.

Firstly Aris completely stripped the bike down, throwing almost everything away and sand blasting the frame. While looking for parts in his workshop he came across an old GB250 Honda fuel tank that he loved and knew it would be perfect for his new build.The cafe racer seat was made by BCR and Aris made some changes in the back end and added the rear L.E.D. stop light.

“We kept the original Honda CB750 K7 wheel hubs and we sand cast them after that” says Aris. “We sent them for black powder coating and ordered from Netherlands a hand made 4.25 x 17 / 40 holes on the back rim and 3×17 / 40 hole on the front rim, powder coated them and added custom made Inox spokes and red Rimlocks nuts – which blend nice with the final colour of the bike.”

“We used front forks from a ΖXR750 with specially made cnc parts. We had to custom make some special parts for the disk brake’s to be fit it on the CB750 K7 standard wheel hubs. We started to fully restore all the engine block and we hand made the oil tank. Lastly, we used Dayna electrics with hand made silicone wiring.”

After almost two years of hard work Aris has finally completed this labour of love. It has the beautiful lines of a classic cafe racer with all the extra modern goodies for a smoother ride. It may have taken him 24 months but Aris couldn’t be happier. “We restore these old bikes out of love and respect” he says. We can tell.

  • Lovely !

  • Ugh

    Heey, now that I like!

    He got his sevens round the wrong way, though. 😉

    • Mach-X

      Good observation … reversed pic no doubt!

    • Aris

      its japan style!!! 🙂

    • It’s not reversed – you can tell from chain/exhaust side.

  • That’s class that is. Top work Aris, very impressive.

  • nothing to say… best honda CB750 i have seen

  • revdub

    Very very nice. I love the modern suspension. I want some alone time with those wheels too. Hot.

  • Lancelot0009

    simply beautiful…what a work of art !

  • Looks fast and complete. Not a typical “bolt-on” cafe (bump seat + clip-on’s = cafe), but a combination of a good bike with a good design and some custom parts to make it his own. Real nice.

  • I like the tach only. Tach only says “go as fast as you can, just don’t blow it up.”

  • Its a nice work of art, I like the country setting as well.

  • Darryl Mills

    I agree with Jorge, best CB750 I have seen. If Honda made a bike like this one today it would be an instant success. I know I would buy one.

  • Philip B

    excellent bike! im not usually a massive fan of cb750’s, but this one is just done right. a beautiful mix of the old cafe, mixed with modern parts for handling

  • matt

    pardon my ignorance but…can someone tell me the brand and model of rear shocks?

    • Looks like they’re Showa shocks, no idea what model though.

    • Mach-X

      The stickers say “showa” as well as “Honda” but who’s to know?  A sticker is a sticker is a sticker.

  • Aris

    the shocks are from a kawasaki zxr 750 with some modifications and custom parts to fit the honda

    • Mach-X

      Where’d you find the stickers that say “Honda” on them, they make the shocks look so authentic.

  • Jeffrey

    Fantastic looking bike

  • Mach-X

    I’m still kinda wondering about using modern forks/brakes/tires on these 35+ year old bikes.  I’ve seen how funky these things are, if you take a pipe a stick it in the swingarm pivot holes, and another pipe shoved into the headstock tube and put a little grunt-force on them (with just one person) it’s almost shocking as to how much these older design frames move around.  Tony Foale did a buttload of testing on frames of this type BITD (gogle him and his efforts) … I’ve done more that a little bit of fab on these myself.  The hacksaw revealed nothing magical within the structure that I myself could see (that doesn’t mean that it isn’t there, however).

    I’m not slamming this bike, I realize that putting modern parts on older bikes is all the rage and fad of the day.  I just wonder how much of the newer technology actually translates using a flexy flier as a foundation.  I’ve heard things about these old frames that I kinda take with a grain of salt (things like “doubled up tubing” etc ..) but I think that was only around a few of the joints, not around critical areas such as the rear engine mounts, the swingarm pivot and the headstock.  Jsyk I’m a gigantic fan of Pops Yoshimura and his work in the late 70s and early 80s.  Those old AMA Superbike Production Class machines were the best bikes ever made in my mind.  Back when you had to actually build your own racebike, not just fork out a bit of three digit credit rating to obtain speed in the form of a sportbike at your local dealer.

    It just makes me wonder how well stuff like modern tires combined with modern brakes and modern forks will react with frames like this with actual usage.  It sure looks great, but is it offering anything of actual value without building up the frame/gusseting/etc.. to get the most out of these additions?

  • Aris

    My bad i diddn’t understant that we where talking about the rear shocks they are from a honda CB 400 super four so they are honda and showa!!! and as according for the Mach X questions in my opinion the bike really benefits from  this changes and it drives almost like a modern bike except the really heavy engine tha u can feel that keeps the front end stick to the ground all the time no mater what. 

  • Nice Bike!!!I It will surely make  way through the hearts of countless

  • Lovely CB 750, awesome job

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  • Goober

    Beautiful bike. Wish i could find one of those tanks for my project!

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