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1971 Honda CB750 by Kott Motorcycles

Posted on March 31st, by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 20 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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‘81 Honda CB750 – deBolex Engineering

Posted on February 7th, by Andrew in Brat. 11 comments

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Two wheels good, four wheels bad. It’s a throw-away line that you’ll see plastered to more than a few jackets, helmets and be-stickered gas tanks. And sure, sometimes cars can suck. Especially if they happen to be the immovable object that brings a grinding halt to you and your bike’s unstoppable force. But they aren’t all bad. Take, for instance, one Calum Pryce Tidd of Croydon in the UK. He’s not only the unstoppable force behind deBolex Engineering, but he’s also a guy who got a shot at customising bikes for a living through his day job as a classic car tuner. And what a shot it turned out to be.

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‘76 Honda CB750 – Sur les Chapeaux de Roues

Posted on November 30th, by Andrew in Brat. 11 comments

As anyone who has tried to learn English from scratch will tell you, the language makes about as much sense as a totally blootered Mel Gibson at 2am on a Sunday morning. It’s Raining cats and dogs. Keeping an eye out. Kicking the bucket. Wearing your heart on your sleeve. But you’ll be glad to know that the Anglaises aren’t the only ones with a market share in complete nonsense. The French phrase ‘démarrer sur les chapeaux de roues’ translates literally as ‘to drive on your hubcaps’ and is used in a similar fashion to the English phrase ‘hit the ground running’ or ‘get off to a flying start’. It’s also happens to be the name of the Brittany-based bike shop that is responsible for today’s feature bike, this very beautiful and very hubcap-less Honda CB750.


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‘70 Honda CB750

Posted on November 24th, by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 25 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.


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1969 HONDA CB750 ‘El Gato’ by Deranged Motorworks

Posted on September 30th, by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 2 comments

By guest writer Phil Guy.

Cypriot Alexandros Hadjicostas got the itch for bikes while tinkering on his humble Honda Chaly in his early teens. It wasn’t until years later though, after he saw Henrik Hansen’s short film on Shinya Kimura, that Alexandros caught the full-blown café racer bug. One problem though: “One thing I had to deal with was that whenever I said the name ‘café racer’ in Cyprus nobody had the slightest idea what I was talking about” he says. Not one to be deterred, he cast around for a build candidate. It took him a year, but eventually he found the right bike. A 1969 Honda CB750. The bike that last year Motor Cyclist magazine named ‘Motor Cycle of the Century’. He didn’t exactly snag a mint example, though. “When I found the bike it was in a terrible condition after being unused for more than 10 years and missing most of its parts. I had the chassis, engine, carburettors, exhaust and wheels…and that’s all I needed. I bought the bike for 500 euro and had a budget of 2000 euro to work with.”


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1982 Honda CB750 ‘Convertible’ – Steel Bent Customs

Posted on May 9th, by Andrew in Café Racer. 1 Comment

Yes, you are on the right site. And no, we haven’t suddenly decided to add four wheeled vehicles to our stock-in-trade. That’s because the convertible we happen to be talking about here isn’t a little red Corvette or your daddy’s Thunderbird, but instead it’s the latest build by Florida’s Steel Bent Customs. This Nighthawk not only ticks all the right boxes in terms of clean lines, cool pipes, and sweet paint – it also manages to be both a café and a brat at the same time. Cool trick, huh?


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1976 Honda CB750 Supersport – Ruby Red

Posted on April 16th, by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

Written by Ian Lee.

“We all know the thrill of the hunt, scouring around for neglected machines in backyards and toolsheds. Peeking under windswept tarps, and the skip of a heartbeat when you see the outline of the infamous CB750 Supersport fuel tank in some dimly lit shed”. Dustin Kott describes it in such illuminated terms, and he should know because he has done it. Many of us have stolen glances into an open shed/garage door, hoping to find some forgotten beauty, but it’s only a lucky few who actually stumble across anything of note. Dustin Kott is one of the few, and this is his latest build: the 76 Ruby Red Supersport.


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1982 Honda CB750 – Left Hand Cycles

Posted on April 13th, by Andrew in Scrambler. 1 Comment

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?


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Ruleshaker’s Honda CB750 – “Old Spirit”

Posted on March 26th, by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 3 comments

If you ever found yourself riding in France and the whim took you to see just how far you could go west-bound and down before you hit Spain, sooner or later you’d probably end up in Bayonne. Being the last real French city before travellers reach the border, it’s famous as a stop over on the route from Paris to Madrid. It’s also well-know for it’s chocolate, ham, and as being the oldest bull fighting city in France. But we think it’s probably time that something else was added to the list. Thanks to the city’s Ruleshaker Motorcycles, it seems to us that killing angry cows or eating cured swine just got a whole lot less interesting, due to a certain new Honda in town.


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Steel Bent Custom’s ’81 Honda CB750 -“Janica”

Posted on February 23rd, by Andrew in Brat. 5 comments

Every now and then on Pipeburn we’ll get a certain kind of bike. One that’s just, well, just right. Not too flashy yet not too vanilla. Not too cool yet not too square. Not too stock yet not too personalised. They are slippery little suckers that kind of defy description yet somehow speaks volumes about the state of play. Bikes that you innately feel will be the ones we’ll all look back in twenty year’s time and say, ‘now that is what the custom bike scene in the early part of the 21st century was all about. This is the latest bike from Steel Bent Customs. This is one hell of a CB750. This is that bike.


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