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Honda CBX750 ‘M1-21’ by Kerkus Cycles

Posted on August 3, 2014 by Scott in Café Racer. 18 comments

Written by Ian Lee.

It takes a true artist to see the true beauty in something that is otherwise unappealing. It may take time, it may take effort, but the final product is something that makes all the trouble worthwhile. Today’s feature bike is one such example, a bike that in standard trim would hardly warrant a second glance, let alone be the bike to consider as a platform for a bitchin custom. Coming from Kerkus Cycles, (by their own description) a backyard builder based in Kuala Lumpur, this CBX750 café racer is a stripped down mean ass version of it’s former self. Definitely a far cry from the police spec bike it started life as.


When the bike first rolled into the Kerkus workshop, there were doubts as to it’s credibility as a custom platform. An upright riding position, boxy tank and a whole lot of superfluous fairings made for an awkward looking ride. According to the crew at Kerkus: “stripping down the bike was quite fun, we kinda hated the unnecessary stuff fixed to that bike which also helps to reduced the weight of the bike.”


Once the bike was a bare frame and the nightmare wiring removed, the build could begin. A 1980 CB750C fuel tank was fitted in order to give a different set of proportions to the machine. This also worked out to help cover the box backbone of the 80s cop bike.  An alloy Monza flip up fuel cap was mounted in order to give that old school look to the machine. The police spec fairing was ditched, in it’s place a half fairing, enveloping the CNC clip-on handlebars mounted with bar end mirrors. Mounted in the fairing is a 6.5 inch chrome headlight, finished with a yellow tinted lens and black crossed tape to give it a racing aesthetic.


To keep with the café racer spirit, the front end has been lowered 2.5 inches to give it a more sporting stance. At the front end sits a 450-18 Firestone M/C blackwall, while at the rear is a 16 inch Shinko. Also in this mindset, a pair of shorty reverse megaphone mufflers in chrome finish have been fitted, with the exhaust headers and piping painted black so all the attention is drawn by those skyward pointing beauties. In the words of the builders: “the sound of the muffler itself roaring is orgasm, hard for people NOT to notice it.”


Once the bike was reassembled, it was shipped out to the Bigcat Motorart workshop where it received a new coat of silver, black and brass paint. The new air intake arrangement was mounted and the big 750 was ready to rumble. The owner, impressed with the hard work Kerkus put into the bike, is glad he persevered with build. And so are we.




  • Samir Antonio Menestrina

    Muito Show ! Belíssimo !

  • Junior Burrell

    It has a MFP feel to it and i dig it!!

    • Blueline

      Agreed. It wouldn’t look out of place next to the Interceptor.

    • My thoughts exactly. An a little An-Bu as well.

      • Emma Arcuri

        you said it before me andrew, god damn you .

  • Larry

    Again with the STUPID tires.

  • Rambo Cage-match

    Beautiful bike. I think this turned out great. Also what’s everyone’s personal vendetta with Firestone Deluxe’s about? I’ve never understood why people despise them so much

    • nerg

      The problem is that a CBX750 is capable of nearly 130 mph (if not more). If you check the link in the story it was Police spec, but the ‘civilian bike’ was known as

      Damn good bike in the day. Over here in the UK we got a somewhat different version

      Basically, the bike can outperform the tyres.

      • Rambo Cage-match

        You see now that’s informative. Thanks for the reply and the honest answer. It makes more sense in the context of performance, but i feel like people knock them on any bike, even if “doing the ton” isn’t in the machine’s vocabulary.

      • Alistair Hardy

        I was really scratching my head.
        I had the CB700SC Nighthawk for a year and a bit here in the UK (US import, hence 700 and not 750) which was shaft driven and the fact that the article was saying it was CBX750 derived with a shaft driven engine was really confusing me.

        Damn i miss my 700….

    • Larry

      Because motorcycles, esp. cafe racers, are about going around corners at speed. Very hard to do with square profile tires.

  • Emma Arcuri

    The AN-BU is strong on this one .

  • Samuel

    I have the same bike. Is there NO way to get rid of the fuse box bar clamps?!

    • Flathead

      Oh yes.
      When my daughter customized her CX 500 with the same ugly fuse box, she moved it in under the tank and stripped it to the frame – no need to extend the wires. Then she cut off the lower bar clamps, filed it smooth, (see picture) filled the 4 bolt holes with bondo, painted the triple tree and mounted clip-on bars to the fork tubes.
      If you do not fancy clip-ons, I am sure you can find two single top bar clamps from an other Honda to mount a normal bar.

  • metricwrench

    Im confused about the chosen rubber for this beast. This is an honest to goodness question: Will someone shed light on the use of these relics on bikes that can actually perform?

  • robweeve

    very sharp bike! the fairing, who manufactured it? tx

  • JRapp

    i love this bike