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UNDERNEATH THE RADAR. A Honda CB750 Urban Scrambler by Moto Adonis

Posted on November 20, 2017 by Andrew in Scrambler. 44 comments

Written by Andrew Jones

Americans don’t know how lucky they are. It seems to us outsiders that you could weld a set of wheels to an Exocet missile and it would still be considered a roadworthy bike in all 50 states. But for the rest of us – especially those in the EU – there’s an army of engineering bureaucrats with micrometers ready to slap down custom bikes at the blink of an all-seeing eye. So maybe it’s time to praise the quite, practical customs; those that intentionally fly under Big Brother’s radar. Exhibit A is just that; a subtle yet superb Honda CB750 from Dutch bike builders, Moto Adonis.

“I met Daan from Moto Adonis a few years ago,” says long-time friend and first-time customer, Wouter Buningh. “We immediately hit it off chatting over motorcycles, so I started following Moto Adonis on Facebook and visited his shop every once in a while. I saw all kinds of projects through the years; they just seemed to get better and better with every new build”.

Inspired by all kinds of custom bikes, Wouter started drawing sketches of his ideal ride about three years ago, just putting on paper how he thought his bike would look. After a while, he knew exactly what he wanted, and he was pretty confident that Daan would be able to convert his pieces of paper into reality.

“I wanted to strike a balance between something that was pleasing enough to be put on display at a bike show, but also practical and subtle enough to be ridden through cities and forests without too much hassle. There are a lot of show bikes out there that truly look marvellous. Sadly, they can’t be ridden for more than an hour. I think that Moto Adonis have proven themselves to make bikes more like the former, so I trusted Daan knew what to do”.

After a few sessions with the Moto Adonis team, they came up with the ideal donor bike to match Wouter’s wishes; a CB750 from ’92. Small frame. Big engine. A good length and enough horsepower to keep things interesting. He stipulated an USD front fork, a gas tank from a Bonneville and the rest was up to the Adonis boys. “It took me ages before I actually bought one. I made the purchase after Daan said I should ‘just do it and get the frickin’ project started already’. Point taken“. He bought the bike and slaughtered it the very same week.

Gunmetal grey treads the line between paint and bare metal perfectly

Even though Wouter had a very detailed plan of how his scrambler was supposed to turn out, Daan still found enough room to improve the project and Wouter was (thankfully) open to suggestions. “Design implications, like how the seat would look and function, were very important in creating this bike. The end result is a long seat because I wanted to be able to ride two-up. So Daan took the brief and designed the seat in a way that makes it look shorter than it actually is”.

“And of course, there’s that gunmetal grey Thruxton gas tank… So much for subtlety; it looks downright gorgeous”.

Then came Daan’s time to shine. “With Wouter happy, it was over to us to actually make it. We started with front forks from a Suzuki GSXR750 SRAD and redid the gold and internals so it looked and felt factory-fresh. This Suzy fork upgrade also added new brakes and a new front wheel to the Honda”.

In quick succession Daan also added new ‘bars, twin Daytona instruments, a single side cover, some fenders to keep the aquaphobic happy, a tool roll that was a present from the owner’s new bride and a fresh set of Continental TKC 70s front and rear. Then there’s that gunmetal grey Thruxton gas tank with the go-faster stripes. So much for subtlety; it looks downright gorgeous.

Toolroll was a wedding gift

Wouter terrorises the local joggers

“It turned out to be exactly the bike that I drew and more,” says Wouter, clearly over the moon with the results. “Daan is very talented, but he’s also very honest. If you come up with an idea that is probably going to suck, he will tell you just that. Even though I’m a control freak, I didn’t mind letting some things go to let Moto Adonis do their thing. I said that I wanted a subtle, good-looking and practical bike. Well, I’ve already hit dirt roads, asphalt, cobblestones and city centers. This Honda handles it all perfectly“. Wouter’s only regret? It was that once the project was finished, he instantly felt like starting another one.

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  • Dave Coetzee

    Great looking bike that looks comfortable to ride – with someone who has their priorities right, i.e. “toolroll was a wedding gift” – vs my first new bike that became a washing machine, not long after I got married!

  • Brendan Kavanagh

    I thought “there’s no hole in the middle”!
    Then I saw the other side and realised that you’ll always need somewhere to kerp your sarnies!

  • Coolridge

    What an ugly pig!

    • James K

      What an absurd and utterly unwarranted comment

      • Coolridge

        What? A compliment is a compliment, it IS an ugly pig, that’s why it’s cool.

        • That clearly wasn’t a compliment, CR.

        • James K

          I dunno man, I spent the best part of a year building my custom ’81 CB750 – if someone called it an ugly pig I think I’d have to dig pretty deep to take it as a compliment.

      • Coolridge

        Back in 1967 the ride was a post black bomber CB450 DOHC twin, then in 69 the K1 CB750 four hit the deck. As bikers we checked it out, went into conclave and reached agreement, it was an ugly pig. To be honest with you blokes I may be an old chap but I still ride hard, and at least this bloke still maintains a basic truth, Honda 4’s are ugly pigs, and that’s why there cool!!!!!!

        • AB

          What are you smoking man? In 69 when the CB750 was released the world was in awe and grabbed it with both hands changing motorcycling for ever. Nothing ugly in it – it had styling clues that are still followed and admired today.

    • Please keep the comments positive, Coolridge.

      • Coolridge

        See my reply’s

  • KpG

    Love it! Beautiful build, Wouter & Daan! Can’t get enough of these 70’s / 80’s Urban Scrambler creations… my Motocross roots from that era, I think. Well done!

  • I was a little concerned with the mirrors. So much so that I took them off in Photoshop to see what it would look like. Any thoughts for or against?

    • I think they play well along with the scrambler theme, and maybe it’s time indeed to praise the practical customs, like the article wisely indicates.

  • the watcher

    Classified X Macco. Mirrors? Better them than bar-enders (same for indicators), but then I am an inveterate lane-splitter.

    • Lane-splitting is safe 😉

      • the watcher

        So is motorcycling.

        • guvnor67

          And addictive!

          • the watcher

            Yet to find anything I like that isn’t! Or is that just me? Lol

          • guvnor67

            Nope! Once I hook onto stuff, it tends to stay!

      • guvnor67

        Coming from London to Australia, I was shocked to find lane-splitting illegal! It’s now legal, but I’m thinking at the time “OK, the traffic’s flowing, but these mindless jokers wanna sit 20ks under, n I can’t round ’em up! Damn!”

        • If I couldn’t lane-split I would not be a biker, period.
          I ‘ve heard a lot of crap about lane-splitting, but after 20 years on the streets I can assure all these ferocius evangelists, that it’s perfectly safe.

          • guvnor67

            Correct. I had a conversation with a traffic cop recently (He has a Ducati), so of course he sees BS and red tape on a daily basis. His, yours, and my thoughts on lane splitting, dead-heads in cars, potholes and Wire rope barriers could make for entertaining conversation. Btw, he rides fast, very!!!

          • The hypocrite b@stards talk about lane-splitting, while wire rope barriers and guardrails are plain criminal!!!

          • the watcher

            Just add diesel slops, mobile phones and, my current major piss-off, drivers ushering other motorists into or across my lane, and you could make a good case for leaving motorcyclists the fuck alone!

          • guvnor67


          • guvnor67

            Good point sir! Before I sign off, a road worker told me wire rope is 60% cheaper than armco and far quicker to install, so as you and I both know, it’s bugger all to do with safety and all to do with budget. Now, please excuse me, I’m upsetting myself!

        • I was lane-splitting for many years in Sydney before it was legal. I did it past Highway Patrol cars, too. First time accidentally, and then I just kept on doing it. I’m guessing they had be instructed not to bother unless it was being done in a dangerous manner…

          • guvnor67

            You’ve summed it up there, and a good cop will recognise the difference.

          • Almost soiled my pants the first time. And once I realised it was too late. “If I stop now…” etc.

          • guvnor67

            A common thing in London when I was younger, if a bike was filtering, was to deliberately close the gap. . . . .

    • I’m not sure gold forks + Contis = Classified. It’s part of their style, yes. But so is single-sided swingarms, rust, mesh, canvas etc.

      • the watcher

        Just an impression, man, just an impression.

      • Sergi Martínez

        However, this bike has very similar lines to the one classified built for Daryl Dixon of TWD. Even the finish on the tank and the badge style remind me of other classified builds… Not to say it’s not pretty 😉

    • guvnor67

      Yer, I’ve used bar-ends a few times, and in traffic they can be a pain, and proper mirrors just seem to have that better visibility, especially in traffic. Sadly, so many mirrors are butt ugly!

      • the watcher

        Aye, and lane-splitter or no, I truly loathe “bulls’-eye” indicators.

      • There are plenty of aftermarket mirrors, (especially cnc aluminum), that are smaller than oem and not butt ugly. I also cut the mirror bracket shorter and re-thread it, and the end result is quite neat 😉

        • guvnor67

          So true. I was really meaning stock. I think every bike I’ve had or have has gained aftermarket mirrors, or modded ones, or swapped from another bike that they didn’t suit, but somehow looked better on the recipient! Part of the coolness of bikes, something as simple as a handlebar swap, mirrors n grips can really change a look, ridebility, for low dollars!

  • Always a fan of the double cammer Honda 750s. The Triumph tank looks good on the Honda.

  • Andy Rappold

    Inspection in Holland is pretty laid back ….compared to Germany 4example. Very nice and practical build . Kudos to the land of cheese.

    • guvnor67

      I’ve been told it’s relaxed a bit in Germany compared to when I was there in the 80s, but even back then, it was possible to bypass a few refs here and there, especially if you happened to have a healthy collection of DeutchMarks!

  • AB

    Hmm – I reckon it would be a blast to fat around on. Styling wise I can’t help think the right side looks unfinished in the rear half. I do like the saddle bag though.

  • dannyb278

    Very cool build but why call it a Scrambler? What are you going to scramble with it eggs?