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1971 Honda CB750 by Kott Motorcycles


Posted on March 31st, by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 24 comments

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Written by Ian Lee.

Art: the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

An apt description for today’s feature bike, except that the latest release from Kott  Motorcycles isn’t just built for show. A 1971 Honda CB750 built literally from the frame up, this automotive art piece has been engineered to look good and go hard, with engine power to match an aesthetic that belongs in an art gallery. The almost ubiquitous CB750 making for an excellent platform to build a café racer on, the Kott workshop has taken the build quality to a new high and produced an amazingly clean motorcycle. In Dustin Kott’s own words: “the opportunity arose for the shop to implement some performance and aesthetic enhancements that had not been utilised prior.” Came up pretty good for a first time try, don’t you think?

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After happening upon a ’71 CB750 in poor shape, the bike was assessed and found only two components could be rescued. The frame and the bottom engine case are the only remnants of the original bike, but as any good bike builder knows: you work with what you got. The engine was built up again, and blown out to 820cc from the factory 736cc displacement. A moderately aggressive camshaft helps boost the ponies available, while the engine breathes out through a 4-1 collector into a Dunstall style silencer. A set of reconditioned carbs were sourced, and velocity stacks mounted to keep the in frame area looking neat and uncluttered. And cos they look pretty damn cool. Also mounted inframe is the custom oil tank, fashioned to follow the lines of the naked frame.

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To achieve a unique look, electro-plating has been utilised during the build. Copper highlights punctuate the bike’s tastefully finished lines, without being too steampunk to take away from the build. The rare Italian headlight didn’t avoid the vat either, but the elongated lamp suits the lines of the bike, smoothly flowing along the outline of the Yamaha XS1100 fuel tank. A hand-formed seat rounds out the body work, mounted upon it a walnut brown seat. The paint chosen for this build was inspired by the paint code from a 1963 Ford Galaxie, a color option known as ‘Wimbledon White’, with gold pinstriping to break up the pallid tank.

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For rolling stock, a set of Excel shoulder aluminium wheels have been laced with custom stainless spokes. A triple rotor brake setup has been fitted, the front end packing a custom fit dual banjo manifold, while the rear has been specially designed with a modern master cylinder and remote brake reservoir engineered into the right hand rear set. Drilled rotors add to the sporting look, a shortened and lowered front guard hugs the rubber of the front tire.

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Proving you can have quality and quantity, a large amount of refinement has been engineered into this formerly unloved Honda. Kott Motorcycles have produced a rolling work of art that is more importantly, rideable as well. Café racer styling, with the right amount of highlights have managed to make this particular example of an oft customised model stand out. Even Dustin Kott himself was impressed with the outcome of the build. We’ll leave the last word to the bike builder himself: “Between the paint selection and copper highlights, our very own aluminum oil tank, the cast iron finish of the motor against the walnut brown leather seat, and tasteful chrome highlights, there is nothing that I would have done differently on this build.”

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[Photography by Alex Martino]





  • http://www.kulture-moto.fr/ Kulture Moto

    Belle réalisation, un travail digne d’un joaillier !

  • Dan Aston

    Have to say photos are overcooked, too much HDR makes it look like CGI.
    Gorgeous though, the exhaust is just perfect!!

    • Geno

      You’re so right about the photos, 3 and 4 look like very realistic paintings!

    • Jorgan

      Shape of the exhaust suits it perfectly. The fact that it’s stainless steel and everything else is polished ruins it for me.

    • Davidabl2

      I hope it’s the HDR. Way too shiny for real life.

  • Zundap

    Makes a statement for sure. Like the headlight. Nice machine. ..Z

  • http://www.popbangclassics.com.au PopBang

    I’m rebuilding a Kott motorcycle in my shop right now. Unfortunately they look a lot nicer in pictures than real life..

    • Tom,

      Probably not a Kott motorcycle. I just had a bike in my shop, and was told it is a “Kott original.” After speaking to Dustin, I was informed he just built the seat.

      • http://www.popbangclassics.com.au PopBang

        Well if he built the seat on this, it’s the worse part of the bike. Not to mention it needed a full engine rebuild and the front brakes locked up. The wiring was a mess and the metal work and welding is shocking. It was bought into Australia straight from Hollywood. I believe the now owner bought it directly from Kott.

  • MacSchweppe

    what happens to that copper plating after a few years?

    • Davidabl2

      It gets better:-)

      • AWLongmeyer

        Are you kidding?
        Electrolysis is gonna’ have a ball with this bike!
        Too bad. too. Nicely done…but too low in the rear for my 260 lbs.

        • Davidabl2

          Sort of kidding..but i have seen some pretty nice copper patina
          jobs on customs. I’ve never looked onto doing it myself.

  • revdub

    Beautiful details. Kott is the king of details.

  • MotoTrooper

    Beautifully proportioned execution there Kott. ‘Different strokes’ but the finish is way too blingy and garish for me. I’d be far more drawn in with the copper ‘antiqued’ having the beautiful patinas of warm browns and further gray-greens indicative of years of faithful service. Ah well, perfect in ten years maybe.

    On a side note to the writer, Ian Lee. Nice job on the colorful description, however when you use “cos” in place of “because” you let yourself down. This isn’t texting. As well, I don’t think that’s gold pinstriping on the tank.

    Ain’t I nitpicky this morning!

  • snaj

    My eyes….Too much chrome and plate happening here.

  • Patrick L

    I’m not impressed. The headlight brackets are cheap and ugly. Plating them doesn’t help. The lower triple clamp looks painted, not plated. The pinstriping is just stickers. And the choice of stainless finish, copper or chrome seems completely random and not thought out. Having whined a bit here, I will say it’s a handsome bike from a few paces back and has nice lines.

  • Giuliano Massimiliano Minutill

    Very precious bike. An jewellery.
    I like Gold and steell mix.

  • Cliff Overton

    Okay (sticking my neck out here) but this is just ‘tacky’. No real thought for design or parts relationship, to me it’s a loud shouty ‘look at this – I made it look like copper!!!!!’ experiment gone wrong.

  • jlgace

    I realize this is an old post, but wow. I have to say all the negativity surprises me. I looked at this bike for a long time and then looked again and it’s really a beautiful machine. And I’m not a fan of bling or copper plating on a bike either but this works. The exhaust being a different sheen is a good thing, and matches the collar at the collector. Excellent choice of a tank and the seat is fantastic. I even want to sit on it, which is sayoing a lot compared to the the norm. Overall a bike that makes you want it and gets better the more you see of it. I’d say goal accomplished.

  • vesko Žnidaršič

    Its very beatiful motocikle

  • Žnidaršič vesko

    Its very beatiful motocikle, o yea!

  • james watson

    I like it actually its different style like this
    http://tiny.cc/q42tgx