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‘70 Honda CB750

Posted on November 24, 2013 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 28 comments

It’s no secret that Mad Max is one of our all-time favourite films. Sure, bikers the world over rave on and on about Easy Rider, On Any Sunday, Girl on a Motorcycle and The Wild One; they’re great films and they deserve all the praise they can muster. But for a film that’s supposedly about a cop and the last of the V8 interceptors, Mad Max is nigh-on impossible to beat for balls-to-the-wall, badass motorcycle riding. If you’ve never seen it, we’re not quite sure how you can live with yourself. In the mean time, maybe you’d like to fill the void with Vincent Franco’s MFP-inspired fuel-injected suicide machine, this rather mad CB750.

“I’ve always had a soft spot for vintage motorcycles,” says Vince. “I always longed to get a bike of my own. It always seemed like a far-off dream until I spotted my first bike, a CB175 for a price I couldn’t refuse. From that point on, I was hooked. There’s something about tearing a bike down to nothing and rebuilding it; it’s a pleasure that never gets old.

After completing a few more resto/mods, I decided it was time to leap into my first true build. I set out to make a mean looking, ‘Mad Max’ style racer. A bike that would look like it had been to hell and back, having the cuts and scrapes to prove it. After some searching and a six hour drive, I was the proud owner of two vintage CB750’s (one built to resemble a Harley, the other in pieces), ready to begin my journey.”

“Fast forward a year and I learned many things: be cautious with soft hands around angle grinders, owning a lathe is probably a good idea if you need to make a lot of bungs, and most of all… shortcuts are not really shortcuts if you have to redo them. I went the easy route on the motor rebuild and ended up having to completely redo the top and bottom end. The motor now has an 836 kit, APE studs, the works. Carbs have had the slides cut and have been setup for the open exhaust/velocity stack combo by Ken at CycleX.

The rest has been a game of figuring out what works and what doesn’t. CycleX triple tree, tapered neck bearings, new bearings all around, new spokes, wheels. The controls are from a 2013 ZX10R and rear-sets are from a CBR929. Rear suspension is Progressive, Race Tech springs, gold valve cartridge emulators and adjustable preload caps up front, and a fork brace that is aftermarket for a late 80’s KLR 650.”

“This bike has been a personal journey for two years now. Like anything in life, there are things I wish I had done different, and there are things I wish I knew before I set out. However here she is, my completed 1970 CB750. All that’s left is to figure out what to build next…”

And if there’s any of you out there who feel they have what it takes to be the rocker, the roller and the out-of-controller, the bike’s up for sale. Hit us up if you’re interested.

[Photos by Jeremy McCain]

  • Zac

    Where is it located and how much you asking? Email me at

  • ccc40821

    Should’ve mentioned antipodean bikie movie ‘Stone’ too; badass biking like no other movie, often shot (w/o permits) from the back seat of another Z900.

  • Ryan

    This is such a great build. Love the cutaway on the tank.

  • Chuntze Cheng

    Please email me the location and price of the bike, thanks.

  • Jake Terrett

    Can anyone tell me about those tires

  • cale

    Killer bike.
    Can anyone tell me how to post sum pics of my bike here?
    Please email me the drills.


    • Stephen Bacon

      I think you can post to the PipeBurn facebook page if you want, but this blog is for Scott and Andrew to post to. You could try contacting them via the “Contact Us” link at the upper right if you’d like.

      • cale

        Thanx for info. I supposed they’re busy at the moment.
        Hope they read this.

    • You can email pics to

  • coldsunshine

    This, along with a few others, represents the quintessential CB750 cafe. There are variations, but this is an example of hitting the “Honda cafe” mark. Not formulaic, just accurate.

  • Nick Simmons

    Is this bike still for sale? if so, please email

    will drive and pick up before the 13th of december.

  • Venicechoppers

    Nice tank, does your carb linkage clear it?

    • Vincent Franco

      Sure does! The indent goes right I between the linkage of the outer and inner carbs. Figured that one out early on

  • John Kobbeman

    Can any give me an idea on rim and tire sizes used here… I really like the look.

  • dave

    Does anybody know how they got the motor to be that color? Is it painted or just soda blasted?

    • Vincent Franco

      I cleaned and scuffed the motor for ever it seemed like. Then prepped and painted it

      • Emerson Valdez

        Hello Vincent, do you have an email to contact you about this bike?

  • Thomas Le

    Does anyone know what tank that is?

    • Vincent Franco

      That’s the stock tank, I cut it up and welded new panels in.

      • Zac

        Did you ever end up selling this thing? i still come back to check it out, its one of my favorites ive ever seen on pipeburn

        • Vincent Franco

          Thanks for the kudos! I did end up selling her, she’s long gone.

  • Jeremy Arthur Vandelay

    I’m sorry, but I don’t even turn wrenches for a living and am very unimpressed by this bolt on by numbers / mail order “build”. Could a more generic Honda “cafe racer” be built? All it’s missing is the Carpy checkered stripe decal, an ace cafe ton-up sticker and a chrome headlight visor.

    This is like, the Nickelback of custom builds.

  • Clay

    Where did you buy the gas tank? Or was it a custom build.

  • David Beasley

    I know this is from a while back but the thread from was edited by you last month. I’m guessing the bike is still for sale?