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1971 Honda CB 750 – ‘The Brat’


Posted on June 6, 2012 by Andrew in Brat. 76 comments

Knobbly tires. They are fast becoming the defining custom bike trend of 2012. And with so many cool new bikes rolling on giant black rubber chunks out of workshops all over the place sporting them, it’s hard to argue to the contrary. And can you blame them? God knows, I love a good set of Firestones as much as the next hipster, but for my eyes it had gotten to the point where they were almost a non-choice; even a set of Dunlop Roadsmarts were starting to seem off-the-hook next to them. Exhibit A in this new wave of rubber rollers? Meet Steel Bent Custom’s CB 750 – a.k.a. “The Brat.”

Steel Bent Customs are a shop out of Flo-rider, USA. Their stock-in-trade is finding old bikes, refreshing them with a liberal dash of kick-ass-ness and then posting them for sale on eBay. How’s that for a business model? Makes me want to chuck it all in and spend my days busting knuckles on stubborn bolts and making ill-advised old bike purchases off of Craigslist. Sigh.

The bike itself is bordering on perfection, at least in my eyes. It’s balance of custom, classic, and minimalism pushes all the right buttons. Sure, there’s some pipewrap in the mix, but what’s a few pieces of silica filament yarn amongst friends, huh? And check out the oil tank – when it’s stripped of paint and de-badged like that it really makes you wonder just why you’d take it off and leave an ugly old gap in the frame. Sure, it’s good for holding a packed lunch, but who’s going to choose peanut butter and bread over great looks?

If yr eyeballs are liking the kind of sweet, sweet photons that the Steel Bent creations are reflecting, then you can drink in even more with some of their videos-type creations featuring this very bike here and here. Or you can just visit their website, here.








  • Steve West

    I couldn’t agree more. I love the oil tank and with the knobbies, I wanna sneak into the rail line that runs thru Atlanta to give it a go.

  • TMcSp

    Love the exhaust set up. And more details on that can? The bare metal looks great and gives the bike some real character. Gonna have to file this one away for inspiration for my first real build, its exactly what I’ve been thinking about!

    • Charles Hamilton

      Looks like a Cycle-X muffler on a CB750F exhaust. I’ve got one going on my friends 77F

      • The Cycle X muffler you refer to is just an EMGO unit. This one is not. Looks like a Cone Engineering mega.. MUCH nicer part.

  • rob

    What’s with the master cylinder or lack-thereof?  How would that even work? It looks like there’s air in the line as pictured.

    • You shouldn’t become preoccupied with all that silly function stuff. Just take in all the beauty and attention to even the smallest of details. Thats where the true genius is.

    • VR

      no idea if it works, but all master cylinders have air inside.

      • Above the fluid yes. Not between the fluid and the master cylinder. That makes for “NO” brakes!

      • Only works if you ‘bleed’ the little tube doing reservoir duty.. In this example.. air=bad, Mmmkay?

        • James

           It should work fine as long as you only brake when turning right.

      • Yeah, there may be air, but not in the main line.It does look like air could get into the line, but if it won’t with a master cylinder, perhaps the little tube works as well?

  • Jwanninger

    I love it. I see a knobby tires build in my future. Soon.

  • Guest

    Seat looks like an afterthought. And it’s just for looks with exhaust like that.

  • GuitarSlinger

    The bike overall isn’t half bad . Not great , but not bad  . The overall finish though is a bit abysmal . Neither being ‘ Rat ‘ or ‘ Custom ‘ …. more like ” Couldn’t be Bothered ”

    But would someone mind explaining something to me ?

    WTH is it with the current wave/rage/fad of flattened  Loaf of Bread  saddles lately ?

    Seriously folks . They’re ugly as sin . About as comfortable as sitting on a day old crushed  brioche , not to mention more than a bit lazy in the design department if’n you ask me …… 

    ( e.g.” Oh gee George … I wonder what that loaf of bread might look like as a seat if we sat on it a few times to smash it down ” …… yeah thats good  design alright ….. urrrp ) 

    • Why do kids wear pants hanging down under their ass crack? Maybe the two answers are related? Just maybe.

      • ZUNDAP

        The kids are preparing for the future when they can’t get their pants over their waist line.  ..Z

    • Those seats work fine (although this one has too much padding IMO) so it’s simply a subjective choice. No biggy.

    • Rone

      Yeah….look I have to agree with a lot of that. Coming from someone that loves interesting and creative new / old looks on bikes and certainly loves the ‘custom touch’ on a stocker, if it’s meant to be a rider it misses the point in a few areas.  It would be fine if you want this bike as something you just look at and admire….but imagine riding this regularly on the road???   Sore ass, bad brakes = gravel rash or worse, knobby tires means a rough ride on the road and less grip on the black stuff…..which doesn’t make for an enjoyable ride to me.  Been there, done that…..at the end of the day you want to ride it and you want to know it works and does what it’s supposed to with relative peace of mind.  (And yes, before anyone says it…..yes I could go out and buy a brand new stock bike straight off the showroom floor that has all those features……but that’s not what I’m into, I’d still prefer something like this but finished off)  …$4,500 is still a little on the high side for what it is.  🙂

      Ride on people! 

      • arnold

        see above.ald

  • Otaviofl

    Loved the minimalistic solutions, such as the master cylinder scheme. Agree with GuitarSlinger on the seat though. But the “couldn’t be bothered” finish is also an existing and valid style.
    My grandfather told me once that perfection is found only in the eyes of the beholder. I haven’t found an argument for that to this date.

    Bottom line: this bike must be an adrenaline rush on dirt road. Wont even mention the tune that the exhaust must produce. Nice job mate!

  • vachequipis

    $4500 for this moto, engine rebuilt, ready to add your own style. If only I lived in the US of A!

    • Charles Hamilton

      If you did you’d be out $4500 for a bike that probably isn’t ride-able.

  • I would have actually preferred the Firestones. Or at least a front fender. Knobbies look cool, but they tend to pick up little bits and fling them.

    • Rob Love

       evel knievel didn’t use a front fender… just passing on some wisdom that was passed down to me 🙂

      • Yeah, but Evel had spent with his bikes more time in the air than on gravel! 😉

        • arnold

          and broke lots of them. First jumper was a Triumph if I am not mistaken.

  • nvr2old

    I agree there’s a certain segment of the motorcycling community that really like this style of bike.  Maybe I’m just too old school to appreciate it, though.  Clear coating over a bare tank with dents..and a bondo patch to boot..that’s not art.  It’s pure laziness.  $4,500..?..please..that’s crazy money for this bike, even with a new engine. My heartiest congrats to anyone building this sort of bike and pulling that kinda money, but, outside of the engine,  I can’t see but maybe a weekend’s worth of labor in the whole build. I’m in the wrong business.

    • TMcSp

       No your not. Your paint jobs are gorgeous.

      • nvr2old

        Thanks.  I try.

    • Z

      Hi, I´m from finland and really like this bike. I have old kawasaki z in garage waiting for the inspiration. Can you tell me what kind of changes they might made in original bike. I would like to have low and long bike, what might be easiest (fastest) way to go?

  • Charles Hamilton

    Overall I’m unimpressed with this build, mostly with it’s apparent lack of functionality.I do like the cycle-x muffler on the cb750F headers. That’s what my buddy’s bike is getting.The cb350 sidecover is interesting. and I didn’t expect to see cb750F rotors on it (it is a 71 after all). But all in all it just seems incomplete and hobbled together.Also it’s going to be a bitch to ride with no front fender or fork brace. Especially with those knobby tires.I think my favorite part is the handlebars (renthal?) and everything attached to it. It needs a brake fluid reservoir though or that thing is gonna get air in the lines the first time you go to stop.And what the fuck is up with there not being an oil return line?

    I normally like Bent Steel Customs’ builds but this one is just lacking in effort and functionality.

    • I don’t have a fork brace on my CB750 and I kept Hawwa and a GSXR600 behind me coming back from the weir Charlie. The knobby tyres would make it a fun ride though. The oil line out the bottom of the tank is the same on mine so probably ok. I’d prefer the dent than the bog in the tank.

      Would be a blast to ride…

  • I love it, but i would be a little worried about the clearance of that rear hoop with suspension travel…

  • It’s got a post-apocalyptic, mad max vibe to it .It looks unfinished because nuclear fallout ruined House of Colors inventory.  It needs an assault rifle scabbard for the AK-47 and ammo cans to hold all the end-of-times brioche.

    • Fastgabe

      yeah man
      i’ll drive that tanka

  • $30724656

    Knobby tires do not work well on the street even if they are DOT approved. Water on asphalt with these tires will put you on your ass right now. Not only lacking in function but dangerous as well. Not to mention the absolutely absurd amount of pipe wrap used on this thing.

    • Bigmattie

      Maybe a silly question, but isn’t this the same rubber that most GS’s use and they seem to stay right-side-up on tarmac in the wet ok? or is it a road frame plus knobby issue?

      Only ask because I’ve just fitted a set to one of my own overweight, underpowered street scrambler builds and am naively expecting not to die.

      • You are correct. These are the same rubber used on the GS but under certain conditions.
        To be more specific,GS which are usually used ON-road don’t use this type of tyre,(usually they use Metzeler Tourance), because of the reasons Kevin mentioned above.Beside that these tyres above 140 kmh are extremely noisy on the tarmac, they are overheated and are non-safe.
        This is a warning from the manufacturer not me.
        BUT, if you want to go for the big adventure on your GS, mostly on OFF-road conditions, this is the proper tyre for you because you will have the grip under most conditions.
        In your case, on your street scrambler, be very gentle on wet and morning-moist asphalt.
        These tyres are not going to warn you like others, at least they didn’t warn me, especially the front…
        Just for the history,one summer morning on a left corner with little moist, I suddenly lost the front and for the record, I was running about 30-40 kmh and I didn’t touch the brake, I was driving smooth !
        Tyres are not a trend, are  for keeping us safe, to enjoy our ride.
        Select according to your needs and expand yours and your bike limits.

  • arnold

    Very nice camera work and good interesting machines in your gallery via the links provided. This piece of ‘art’ , if given a choice between taking it or leaving it, I would leave it

  • I like the bike and seat and exhaust, but it looks a bit on the plain side. It seems that not all that much thought went into it. I do kinda dig the enduro look they have going so maybe that’s the direction they were going? Very minimalistic?

  • JimmyR

    If you wonder why there is no shiny paint on the tank and the bondo is visible – well why do people like to wear worn jeans or clothes with patches on them?  Some folks even wear clothes with holes in them!  I play guitar and the most expensive guitars Fender make right now are called “relics” and have dents and worn paint applied at the factory.  They sell gazillions of them.  I guess in an era of i-phones and computers the old beat up look is comforting or something?  Doesn’t worry me either way.

    As far as thin seats – I like the look of them.  I don’t care for this one particularly.  I have one of the same exact seats from Pipeburn that you see top right of this page and it is padded just fine.  Makes me wonder why other seats have more padding.  Most modern bikes don’t have too much padding because that’s what suspension is for.

    Anyway I think this bike is ok.  The reservoir probably works ok as long as the bubble stays away from the MC. Just angling the tube up would help.  I think a decent reservoir would be a lot better because I like brakes.  Apart from that a lot of folks like minimalism, myself included.  But I think I would like the tail light just a bit bigger!  No cars up my ass thank you!

    • nvr2old

      That’s exactly what’s wrong, my friend.  With all due respect, every hole in my jeans have a story.  Every drop of paint on my shoes reminds me of the bike that was being painted at the time.  Every chip in my paint shows me that my bikes are ridden.  That hole in Willie Nelson’s guitar, or the lacquer checking that’s on Eric Clapton’s guitar, didn’t come from some falsely added faux wear and tear.  That just reeks of deception..not decades of actual use.  It’s like impatiently tapping your foot when you throw a rock hard, frozen solid lump in the microwave to turn it into something sorta edible..in 5 minutes.  The food always tastes better when it’s cooked naturally.

      • JimmyR14

        Oh I’m not particularly a fan of either relic guitars, holes put in jeans at the factory or exposed bondo.  But there is a market for it and it’s all purely a matter of taste.  A perfect coat of paint won’t make the bike work any better and in fact I am partial to powdercoat!  Arguing about taste will get us nowhere except hot and bothered.

        I personally prefer my paint and powdercoat without chips and rubs, but I can see why some people like it “beat up” looking.  I prefer to take it on a case-by-case basis – sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.  And I’m not so sure about “reeks of deception”…  a shiny coat of paint can hide a multitude of sins.

        • “Purely a matter of taste?” How about the lack of it? I would say pre-applying age, holes, patina, cracks, bondo, etc are primarily for people that don’t know the difference anyway. With the general public’s lack of knowlege or commitment to doing it correctly, there is a market for a simulated effect. Next, we’ll have stick-on scars to go with all the store bought designer tats..

          To me, what you see is what you get. Something contrived almost always looks contrived and people pretend it almost looks like the real thing. Maybe that’s the new design trend?The “It almost looks like what I’m trying to have it look like kinda” style.

  • Dslink

    bike looks completely unfinished. 

  • Dslink

    I do like the “master cylinder” though! The rest of it could be accomplished in a weekend or less. 

    • Sounds a tad optimistic to me. Like about two months too optimistic…

    •  Care to prove the claim. Today is friday, you have an extra day. Can’t wait to see the bike up here on Monday

  • John

    While it certainly isn't my style, I understand what the intent of their builds are, and I can appreciate that. Rather than be a nitpicker and complain about things I don't like, here are two of the things that I love about this bike:

    – clear coated the tank right over the bondo. I love that…I don't know why, but I do. Gives it a certain character….

    – they left the oil tank! for some reason, I like the way the stock, big, bloated cb750 oil tank looks….most custom bikes remove it right away, kind of cool to see this one left in it's place.

  • Kaspar Berthelsen

    Love the look, it’s bad to the bone, and I’m liking the brown seat. I like the seat a little chunky and not so skinny as others do them. 
    Wondering if I should “try” to do the same to my CB500 Four.

  • Russell Lowe

    I’d definitely cross the street to look at this bike! I’d probably drop it front and rear about 3″ but I get why it’s up where it is … It looks like it would be great to blast around town on.

    And, not to put too fine a point on it … If you fall off because your bike has knobblies on it then you should either practice riding more or pay more attention.

    Cheers

    • arnold

      Russell, I raced on ” knobblies ” for five years when I was a kid and fell down all the time. It was great safety training, I know how to fall down with out getting hurt (bad). This is riders training that not many get to experience first hand especially you street guys. Not more than once or twice in uncontrolled situations anyway, and one way or another usually have had enough after the first try. To put a modern rider on the street with knobbies is a crime.

      • Russell Lowe

        Hi Arnold, I learned to ride on a dirt bike and have had several dirt bikes over the years. All of them were road legal with dirt tires … The most extreme was a 1982 IT250 two stroke with full knobblies. It did move around quite a bit but nothing unmanageable. The small road bikes I road in my early days all had road tires … But being 1980’s Suzuki and Yamaha two strokes they flexed like there was a hinge in the middle of them. I did fall off them a few times … But to single out the tires would be wrong. Over extending myself and not paying attention would be more accurate. I have a firestone on the back and a trials pattern on the from of my Harley and have never come close to loosing it on that. I also have a MV Agusta 910 Brutale, and would never consider putting knobblies on that … But it probably has twice the horsepower of the Honda here. Actually, thinking about it … I should say I’ve never ‘considered’ putting knobblies on the MV … now I have … and think it would be a lot of fun down the beach. Criminal not to do it …

  • It’s OK. I like it more than not. Agree with GS (can’t believe I just said that) that those seats never seem to do the trick. Has nice proportions. Dumbest thing is the name. Why do grown men want to use the little sissy name of “Brat?” Might as well paint it pink with that name.

    • It’s just a reference to Japanese custom house Brat Style
      http://www.bratstyle.com/

      • arnold

        Brat style stuff looks OK via link. Not what I’m see’n here.ald

        • The only thing “brat style” about this bike is the seat. The rest is pure street tracker.

          • davmo

            Was thinking the same thing. A tracker seat fairing, and it looks better to me. Don’t just want to pile on about the Brat-style seat, but it rarely looks good to me (in this case, it resembles a birthday cake sans candles.) There is something about that style seat that looks less than functional. It is great to add style to functionality, but when functionality comes second, you will lose some serious bikers. 

          • Yeh, not a fan of this particular seat (looks like a block of chocolate) but like Brat style seats in general. For $200 it could be swapped to this http://www.dimecitycycles.com/vintage-brat-style-chassis-seat-parts-ribbed-black-leather-wrapped-dcc-originals-large-cc-seat-dcc-bratlcc-r.html

          • davmo

            Like that one a little better, Rex. At least there is a slight kick up at the end of the seat. 

  • Mgmue mgmu

    Lovely bike.  How fun would that beast be?  The tires are a bold move & looks kickass.  Functional?  Not really, but who cares – tires are easily changed. 

    Only thing that could be better I think is the rear of the seat/tail light/license plate area.  

  • Some of the comments leave me a little puzzeled. The only reason I was drawn to motorcycles was that  motorcycling was dangerous. It was something my grandmother couldn’t do and parents frowned on. We are lucky that we can ride the most dangerous earth-bound vehicles man has invented and it’s still legal and fun!  All the traction control and abs isn’t going to help you when a deer comes out of nowhere and you wake up in an air evac chopper – ask my buddy Steve. And this bike just looks dangerous –  like a beat up pitbull or an army issue Colt 1911 with the parkerizing worn off. It isn’t pretty but it looks like it could stare down a Tiger tank. Imagine if you were 18 again and somebody handed you the keys to this thing and told you to ride the hell out of it – what kick ass fun that would be. I hope the guy or gal who buys this does exactly that – maybe even ride Russia’s Road of Bones on it. Now that would be fitting. We could debate all day the aesthetics and comfort of the the seat, the wisdom of using knobbies and the quirky non-master cylinder but for me this is the best use of rode hard and left for dead Honda 750s. It shouldn’t be called “The Brat” – it should be named “Wild Thang”.  Kudos to the builder.

    • Russell Lowe

      Well said. Are you from the Isle of Man?

      • Thanks for askng Russell. No, from Texas, but my grandmother on my mother’s side is an Adams from Maughold Parish (I think) and she married a LeMaster from the Isle of Jersey in the Channel islands on the other side of England. Go figure.

    • You Sir, speak words of wisdom!

  • arnold

    Yes, but why put up this piggy wig when their other work presents better and shows more innovation?

    Incidentally, G.S. , even we Hapsburgs find that disrespecting The Queen Biker Momma on her Jubilee shows a lack of couth.

  • Im sorry, but this bike is pure, unadulterated boredom on wheels. Meh…

    • Boredom on wheels with over 50 comments to it’s name – they must be doing something right…

      • Make that 62 comments – and I just noticed it’s ALL OVER pintrest. Looks like we have ourselves a 2012 top 10 contender!

        • Russ

          Andrew no offense at all I love your site but let me just share my experience with Steel Bent Customs. If you consider putting this bike ANYWHERE at the top of any list, would simply make me sick to my stomach. 

          **ANYONE CONSIDERING BUYING A BIKE FROM THIS BUILDER SHOULD STOP**My buddy bought a bike from them and when I say it was the WORST most cob jobbed build I have ever seen in my life….would be an understatement !  Steel Bent is in this business for one reason and that is to make a quick buck off a growing demand for this type of bike.  There is a reason why the bikes are sold on EBAY and thats so the buyer can’t have a chance to really look the bike over.  When they send their money and get the bike they are pretty much SOL. I could spend 30 minutes writing about all the stuff that sucked about my buddies bike but let me run down a few of them. And let me also clarify that the reason that I would spend the time to make this post is because we had email exchange with the owner Mike and he just stopped responding when it got heated.  At one point he “suggested” he would refund the money to my buddy and when I said I would drive the bike down to his shop the following week…(NY – FLA) he stopped responding to our emails. We ave since to hear from him.  I really don’t think he thought we would actually make the trip ! I invite him to post a comment here and I would gladly post pictures of all the issues with the bike. My buddy bought a CB400 from them that had some other CB parts grafted onto it. When we got the bike home here is what we were dealing with….1. The bike would NOT shift out of second gear.  The rear set linkage was so F’d up and cobbed that the foot lever was hitting the actual linkage as you shifted up in the gears. We had to basically refab the left side rear set to make it drivable.2. The rear brakes did not work at all.  The linkage that he fabbed was made out of thin metal so that when the brake was pressed the linkage would bend and you could not put any pressure on the brakes.  Add to this the linkage was bottoming out on the exhaust so even if it could be pressed down it would only go till it hit the muffler. 3. The front end setup was such a mess that the clip-ons hit the gas tank when the bars are turned putting dimples in each side of the gas tank.  The dents were covered with touchup paint to hide the issue. 4. Upon removing the fiberglass rear section my eyes started to cry at the most horrific welding job I had ever seen.  The welds were so bad that I swear a child could have done as good or better.  I WISH I had images on hand right now that I could post.  5. The directionals did not work.  We had to rewire them all. 6.  The wheels were spray painted over the rusted chrome and after only a weekend of riding they have all chipped and are rusting. The frame was also rattle canned and is also rusting7. The welding on the frame is just a SHIT mess.  Looks like it was welding and grinded with eyes closed. Mind you all of this welding was done with a MIG welder. I’m not knocking a good MIG job but a bike builder shop should have a good TIG on hand. CMON. 8. The engine has since started to leak oil and the engine paint was flying off when we washed it. This doesn’t even cover the running issues the bike has.  I swear to god that no one had ever driven this bike before he sold it and that is because it simply was not  road worthy. PIPEBURN…please reconsider giving any praise or promotion to this shop.  I can assure you we are not the only unhappy customer. – Russ and Dan from New York

          • Woah… sounds serious. Can you contribute some pics of the condition of your buddys bike?

            But you did know that they sell “Vintage Born Suicide Machines”, according to their website. That’s proper!

          • Russ

            haha…well you have to be able to ride the bike first to have a chance at Suicide.  That is of course if you like riding in second gear with no brakes then sure…the motto is fitting. 

            The bike is at my buddies house about 30 mintes away.  We haven’t gone for a ride in a while and he text me over the weekend saying he pulled the carbs off cause it was running like shit.  Trust me I would love to post some pics. 

          • Guys – I’ve asked Mike to respond. Over to him, now.

            I’d like to remind all our readers that posts on Pipeburn are just that – posts. They are in no way recommending the shop or services and they are not paid advertisements. The process is simple – if Scott and I like the bike, it gets posted. We make no representations about the bike’s workmanship or safety and we naturally suggest that you do your own research when choosing a shop to use to ensure they are up to scratch.

            Cheers.

  • Interested@yahoo.com

    Was this a white CB 400 which was recently built ?

  • Steel Bent Customs

    The Brat has been the center of some turbulent comments. We built the bike around the Continental TKC80 tires. We liked the idea of the urban off road look & found a 1971 Honda CB750 with the dry sump oil reserve & we wanted to build a bare bones raw brat-style bike. The Brat style is huge in Europe. They are building on 2 stroke dirt bike donors & producing some great looking machines. We wanted the imperfections to be showcased on the bike, nothing that we have ever built in the past as been by accident. We could have easily primed & painted the tank to hide the repairs, but we felt that the previous damage was just another way that the bike was voicing her story of her past.

    Our builds are not for everyone. We build what we like or we the bike will negate the build. We have build dozens of bikes in the past 3 years. We appreciate the feedback both negative & positive. Our only motivation is to encourage people to get out & ride. Or to find your donor bike & start your own build. We receive 5-10 calls per day from garage builders from everywhere (we received a call from Norway last week) on people asking questions on “how we did this” or “where did we get that seat” or “who makes those rear shocks”. We are always happy to speak to anyone who has a question about a build or direct them to the supplier for a certain part. We don’t sell parts. We don’t manufacture parts. We use suppliers just like the guy doing a home garage build, we just do a build a month. We don’t build show bikes. Our bikes are riders & the are all priced in the $4000-$6000 range. We don’t get rich on any of the builds. Our profits allow us to keep buying donor bikes, purchasing better equipment & tools, and pay the rent/electric. We are a 1 man show. Just me & a network of part suppliers & a few local shops to help with items like mounting & balancing wheels, powder coating, and wheel re-lacing.

    Take a look at our builds on our website. This is just an example of the last year & a half. We know the design. We know the mechanics. And we know we too have grown in our quality and finish. I’ve never forced anyone to buy one of our bikes, I actually told “Russ'” friend below to “not buy the bike”. I felt that he was not experienced enough as a rider & not quite a property fit for the size of the frame. I asked him to sleep on it, think it over, & call me in the morning. He returned the next morning with a purchased it anyway. When we loaded it onto his 4×6 garden trailer, the inferior straps broke & caused the bike to fall over scratching the seat cowl & breaking off the turn signals. I was crushed. Like all our builds, I had put many hours into this one and it was somewhat iconic to the growth of SBC. I told them their straps were the problem & that I was going to give them a new set of straps I had in my trailer. We safely secured the bike for the long ride back to New York and I repeatedly asked him to contact me if he ever had any issues with anything on the bike. I also shipped them a new set of turn signals at no cost & I offered to re-paint the tank & seat cowl and I would repaint them both in any color he chose. Neither of these issues were caused by myself, but we pride ourselves on taking care of any of our past builds. I didn’t have any idea “Russ'” friend was having any issues with the bike. Not one email, not one phone call, not one text. Nothing. I noticed i my first negative feedback on ebay & read the slamming remarks. I immeadiately contacted Russ & the guy who bought the bike & to inquire why either of them did not contact me like I had repeatedly asked if they incurred any issues. I even offered to purchase the bike back, but wasn’t sure of its condition after Russ mentioned that he had “fixed” a few issues. Then I was berated with insults and threading emails about how he “knew everyone in the business” and that he was going to “bash my builds every chance he gets”.

    There is a “Read Me” section on our website. It is there to remind our potential buyers out there that we do not build new bikes. They are going to have issues. Carbs are going to have to be adjusted, plugs are going to have to be replaced, fuses will blow and items wear out. Our bikes are 30+ years old. We check all donor bikes for compression, spark, and safety. The ones who need upper ends redone, we do it. We re-ring, we replace gaskets, clutches, chains, etc. We test ride each bike for miles before release her to be shipped. We have built bikes for many people & we have had overwhelming positive feedback. We stay in contact with all our clients & we are always available via email/text/phone.

    We are disheartened that one of our buyers had issues with a build & did not contact us before choosing to start a smear campaign. We welcome the opportunity to help with any issues of our builds & our doors are open for Russ & the buyer if they would like to bring the bike to our shop.

  • Beany

    Love this! The tires are awesome. Make it look like a Lost Boys bike. WANT!!