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1982 Honda CB750 – Left Hand Cycles


Posted on April 13th, by Andrew in Scrambler. 50 comments

The smell of the campfire. The feel of sleeping rough. The taste of freshly caught trout. And the silence… the pure, natural silence. Sound good? Yes? Too bad you’ll never hear it, because on a bike like this all you’d know would be the echoing tear of the unmuffled 4-into-1, the smell of wet leaves on exhaust, and the taste of flies in your teeth. Who wants to commune with Mother Nature when you could tear her a new one on Left Hand Cycle’s latest creation, the LHC#2?

Left Hand Cycles started in the winter of 2011 in a small garage close to Zwolle, in the Netherlands,” says Left Hand’s main men, Richard and Lex. “We were aware that we had to overcome lots of problems and that’s why we chose the name Left Hand Cycles. We never pick the easy solution but try to solve it ourselves. We think a motorcycle must have a soul without any superfluous accessories. That’s why our mission statement is ‘less is less.’ Details are very important, but in a subtle way.”

“The donor Honda CB750 is a motorcycle built in 1982 and we were very like minded on how it should look. We tried to create something original and rough, based on enduro motorcycles, but with a four cylinder engine.”

“Certain details give the bike a unique character. For example, a double mounted sprocket based on our love for riding fixie bikes. The seat has a characteristic appearance of a leather chesterfield sofa. For the rest, we chose minimal. As we said, less is less. The Heidenau K60 tires give this bike an extra dimension. Turn the throttle, hear the sound of the open exhaust and watch the squirrels and deer disappear!”

Any fixie fans out there?

“We think in motorcycling, a new has dawned. People are tired of riding ‘the same old stuff’ and want to differentiate themselves. No mass production, but one a kind. We built bikes ‘a la carte blanche’ with a LHC identity that is recognisable We share a passion for motorcycling, fixies, music, lifestyle and Los Molinos! We’re inspired by café racing and motorcycles from the seventies and we try to translate that to a 2013 bike. We hope you like it.”





  • Luis6632

    Really nice! Good job!

  • Lee Wilcox

    I really think the weight of all these bikes that are turned into on/off road like this, the BMW, the Yam etc make it something I don’w want. I sure do like what they did though and bet that on the street it is very light. Having been stuck off road where I came out because I had a light weight bike is the reason I survived, I think I would stay on the street with this one. I do really like it.

    • Mike B

      I agree. I like the way this bike looks, but pulling a 450lb. bike out of the mud seems like a lot of work compared to a 250lb., purpose built off road machine. Maybe this is a fun fire-road machine though.

  • MotoTrooper

    Cool bike -with a spare rear sprocket? I’d rather have a rear brake, thank you. Especially if I was green laning with it. But I dig the olive drab tank as I’m planning an SR500 build special in that tone.

  • Ken Lindsay

    Nice bike. My only desired changes are to install adjustable off-road suspension and a skid-plate. I would definitely want to do some single track with this bike! Well, maybe an actual muffler might not be a bad choice!

  • nathas909

    Its the seat. I cant do the seat on this bike. Its just a slab on this bike. It needs some rounding off on the back and maybe not even have the stitch pattern on the sides of the seat. Run a nice solid leather edge around it.
    Awesome bike, love the colors and the style of the whole thing, but the seat!!!!!

  • HC

    This bike is great. I have the same Honda. However, I don’t get the doubled sprocket. I think it is interesting that these guys talk about minimalism and functionality but remove the rear brake and replace it with something frivolous like second sprocket.

    • heikki anttila

      Functionality indeed… no rear inner fender (!) or any protection for low exhaust.
      All show – that includes the sub par mesh air filters. Glad they made teh blogs – that must be the real goal for a bike like this.

      • Richard Brandt

        I hate to jump on this bandwagon but you’re right – it’s an art project, and one that doesn’t hold up to useable bikes. Thumbs down.

        • mjsenz

          This era of customization will be looked at as the sore-@$$ years. The tiny seat pad is one thing, but buttons?!? Add a questionable suspension and you won’t be walking straight any time soon.

  • Leroy

    I’ll concede that i’m pretty drunk. But where is the back brake? Can I just not see it? Or is it missing?

    I’ve
    also seen it a couple of times already and I’m pretty sure i hate the
    sloppy disregard for design. it’s got no flow, none of the lines finish
    each other or themselves, but it’s got too much fluff to be truly
    spartan.

    I am really drunk though, so i could just be wrong.

    • http://www.pipeburn.com Scott@Pipeburn

      You are drunk

    • brad barber

      I built an 82 Honda 750 for Bonneville. Even I run a rear brake.

    • Leroy

      Their fixed gears on forward facing dropouts show a similar disregard for basic function in favour of style. It’s a pretty simple principle that to go faster you want to be able to stop faster.

  • http://www.pipeburn.com Andrew@Pipeburn

    I’m not sure that the lack of a rear brake it that big a deal… Remember, flat trackers have no brakes at all…

    • MotoTrooper

      Well maybe on dry asphalt you don’t need the rear brake, but on loose gravel, grass, or mud grabbing a handful of the front is an invitation for a gravity lesson!

    • KrookStreetRacing

      Did you mean speedway bikes? Flat trackers actually have rear brakes.

      • http://www.pipeburn.com Andrew@Pipeburn

        Yr right, and I did.

        • http://garageprojectmotorcycles.tumblr.com/ Rex Havoc

          who’s drunk? :)

          • http://www.pipeburn.com Andrew@Pipeburn

            Not me. Now pass me another beer, will you?

  • spl@r

    I ride one of these in stock form. I would not want to try to throw it around in the dirt; it’s a pig. That said, it’s cool to see how stripped down it can get.

  • ✯ BADASS CYCLES ✯

    If this thing makes it on here, I might as well start sending in pics of my cobbled together death traps I don’t even take seriously.

    • http://www.pipeburn.com Andrew@Pipeburn

      Come at us, bro!

      • Richard Brandt

        I’ll take that challenge. Prepare yourself for a Virago 920 cobbled together out of the leftover shit I have lying around.

        • http://www.pipeburn.com Andrew@Pipeburn

          Do it.

  • http://www.pipeburn.com Scott@Pipeburn

    Brakes are overrated

  • VRNM

    This thing is fierce, I reckon the colouring and overall toning is perfect. Very very cool, and great photos too.

  • rennie61

    Like the minimal flavour and the tank colour is very nice. I want one of those headlight guards, anyone know where they are from please?

    • arnold

      PIAA makes something similar.

      http://www.piaa.com/

      • rennie61

        Thank you sire

        • arnold

          Thank you. But I must warn you that “sire” is copyrighted for the exclusive use of Tony Stark Enterprises, and shall not be infringed. (whatever that means.)
          (Not associated with Tony stark enterprises, never will be, but he has a Bon mot on occasion, and some sort of quick wit.)

          • rennie61

            It’s OK I’m a electronic musician and therefore allowed to ‘sample’ anything I like without comeback

          • arnold

            Beware, Tony seems to be sleeping nights now, but the last time , he came back in that fug ugly super suit.ald

          • http://ridedualsport.com/ Manxman

            Tony must be working on his Honda V-twin project. Can’t wait to see it.

  • Ken

    You want to throw a rock through that battery? Back brake? Pods? Seat was made by a, well, the seat is crap. Open exhaust? Can we see some craftsmanship instead of just a hand grinder and a spray bomb?

  • josh

    so where did they put the starter relay and main fuse?

  • taka-tz

    I can imagine Kim Jong-un parking that at the Starbucks in Pyongyang.

  • SwissF1

    I believe that the front tire is on backward.

    • http://garageprojectmotorcycles.tumblr.com/ Rex Havoc

      No, it’s the back tyre that is on backwards (unless I’ve got both of my Hidenau’s on backwards!)

      • Solano Life House

        The front tire as it is currently configured, would cup water as it rolled forward, pulling water from the outside of the treads as they hit first, toward the inside of the tread, and the trapped water would make the tire aquaplane. As the rear tire is configured, the front of the chevron shaped tread hits first as it rolls forward, and this would force water to the outside of the treads and thereby, dispersing it would minimize aquaplaning. Accordingly, it sounds as if you might want to flip your tires before your next high speed rain ride.

        • http://garageprojectmotorcycles.tumblr.com/ Rex Havoc

          That’s logical… but I’m just going off the arrows on the side of my tyres. :)

  • Troy

    Please show us a video ride through dirt or mud so we can see how well it performs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2039733 Ian SaltwaterCowboy Bigelow

    Based on the look and stance of the bike and similar built bikes, this is totally the style I’m trying build my ’82 XJ into because dirt trackers are siiiccckkkkkk. Only bad thing I can say is that it’s a CB; everybody and their mother has a CB.

  • bluejaybannon

    i like it it looks mean, like a japanese bear. i would like it more with a rear brake

  • swissf1

    The front tire as it is currently configured, would cup water as it rolled forward, pulling water from the outside of the treads as they hit first, toward the inside of the tread, and the trapped water would make the tire aquaplane. As the rear tire is configured, the front of the chevron shaped tread hits first as it rolls forward, and this would force water to the outside of the treads and thereby, dispersing it would minimize aquaplaning. Accordingly, it sounds as if you might want to flip your tires before your next high speed rain ride.

    • http://garageprojectmotorcycles.tumblr.com/ Rex Havoc

      …or just check the arrows on the side of the tyre.

  • JJ

    Awesome work Left Hand!!!
    Can't wait to see the new Honda CB1100 transformed into this.

  • EofA

    So no oil cooler? This is a Supersport right? A 450lbs. tank without rider-weight enduro, hmmm? I like concepts but more function and ride-ability over pretty pictures and this sitting in a store window for a line of clothes by Ambercrombie & Fitch. I’d like a youtube video of this thing actually running. Pods with the stock carbs, good luck. (Ps. I have a ’82 900F so I can’t knock it too hard…hhehe.)

  • Mark

    Really interested in the tires. Anyone know what kind they are?

  • Mikael Lewis

    Absolutely stunning bike…but am I missing something? No rear brake? Scary.