FASTER & SON. A Honda CB750 Cafe Racer from MT Customs
Written by Martin Hodgson
Most of the planet got their introduction into what a Father and Son custom bike shop looks like from the hugely popular series American Chopper. But if the motorcycles themselves were terrible, the damage to the relationship was even worse, sending a cautionary tale around the world. But for the family Brewus of Poland, no such problems exis. Moto-Technology is a Father and Son success story and we’d put their machines against the Teutul creations any day. Their latest build is a stunning Chopper chomping Cafe Racer called MTC001, based on the too often forgotten Honda CB750 of the ’90s.
Lukasz Brewus gives us an insight into how the family approach business in the custom scene “Motorcycles are not the only way to make money, for us it is a passion and art of creation. We approach the projects with maximum commitment.” As he explains they all share the same philosophy and have a very clear idea of how they wish to see each build evolve.“We like creative and innovative solutions. We undertake non-standard tasks. The most fun for us is the combination of a practical motorcycle with a stunning visual effect.” And boy does the Honda hit the spot.
With the big CB in the shop and on the bench the crew got to pulling it apart, “down to the last screw”, so that they had a completely blank canvas to work with. The first order of business was to turn the chassis into a roller and the sanded and smoothed black powder coated frame makes for the perfect start. The subframe has been cut back and reshaped for the new tailpiece to come while the ghastly pillion pegs and grabs rails are now in the nearest bin. The gold standard wheels remain, first repaired of any marks and gouges before being powder coated black.
These are wrapped in Pirelli GT Gran Turismo tyres that might not wear the big dollar price tag but make a hell of a lot more sense on a street bike than fitting slicks simply for the look. The standard rims proved no trouble for the stock swingarm to accept and a set of preload adjustable YSS shocks keeps the rear firmly planted. But with the decision to ditch the standard forks the front axle required some tweaking to work. The stock right way up stanchions are replaced with a set of Showa USD forks, with new roller taper bearings to make the match to the older model frame.
Attached to the cafe’s new front end is a set of Nissin calipers fitted up with new pads that clamp NG discs sourced from Spain. A new master cylinder sends the power down braid steel lines in red both front and back. While adjustable levers for brake and clutch allow the new setup to be fine tuned to suit the rider. To finish out the rolling chassis, a pair of Italian Tarozzi rearsets give the very best in form and function. Now the brilliant visuals could begin and it started with the factory tank that has been body worked to perfection for straight lines that would have Mr Honda impressed.
But then the family had a thought, why ruin the great lines they’d created with a tank/seat junction that had an unsightly divide? The solution was to make the body a single piece with no gap from the tip of the tank to the far end of the tail. As Lukasz describes “It had to be done precisely and it cost us a lot of time.” However the results speak for themselves with the metal flowing rearward like liquid, picking up the shape of the tank and creating the perfect tail piece. The metallic paint and limited graphics let the craftsmanship speak for itself, while a small hand-made fender fits snug over the tyre.
With the weight down the big air-cooled four banger becomes more impressive with plenty of torque throughout the range. But it still needs more ponies so after 25 years on the road the engine was stripped down to its last bolt, rebuilt and repainted. With the long block back at its best the re-jetted carbs now pull their air through a set of individual K&N filter. Finally off come the restrictive and heavy factory headers and the entire system is replaced with a gorgeous full stainless system. Built in-house the lobster cut headers merge into a crossover pipe for low down power and bark out of a set of lightweight end cans.
At this point you start to realise that the family team at Moto-Technology don’t cut corners and showing their willingness to go the extra mile they threw the whole wiring loom in the bin. A brand new, simplified and lightweight system has been built up wire by wire with the patience of a Buddhist monk required to complete the task. But with the assistance of a Motogadget m-Unit the results are well worth it adding increased reliability and cleanliness. Up on the clip-on bars Motogadget buttons allow all the factory features to remain and are matched with grips from the same brand.
Recessed into the rear is an all in one LED taillight system, with the headlight a classic bates style complete with copper toned outer ring. To ensure full street legality tiny indicators have been mounted below the headlight, with a single bar mounted mirror keeping the local police pleased. A centrally mounted Chronoclassic single instrument, featured packed but simple in its beauty, makes for the perfect metaphor for this incredible build. While the final touch comes with the fitment of the brilliantly stitched seat that slots neatly into place. Unlike their TV counterparts no relationships were destroyed nor two wheeled crimes against style created. Just the start of a budding Polish dynasty that comes out swinging in the right kind of way with a glorious Honda CB750 Cafe Racer.