Some custom builds start out as basket-cases, some as rusty barn finds, some as battered runners. Not very many start out as lime green, chromed-out cruisers. Doug Snell of Fuel Well Moto in Los Angeles bought one very bright 1978 CB750 from a gentleman in Compton, California–even the carbs were painted green!–and set to work creating the “Green Eyed Lady,” a subtle little head-turner.
We will let him describe the process.
CB750 Brat Build: In the Builder’s Words
The seat came from Tuffside. They make brat and cafe-style seats using a base made from super durable 3/16″ ABS – Vacuum formed from our own handmade moulds. Seats are fully upholstered right here in Los Angeles California with “Marine Grade Vinyl.”
The paint is a deep midnight gloss black. I felt this went well with the classic lines of the CB750 Super Sport tank. We also smoothed over the area where the original Super Sport Honda badges go to give this a sleek sexy vintage lines. This is a signature of FUEL WELL to smooth over the tanks where the badges attached. Giving a “Nameless” vintage style.
We rebuilt the rear wheel to 18″, keeping the front 19″ giving the front and rear a nice equal symmetry, and then wrapped the wheels in thick beefy Firestone Champion tires. Used a fat but flat brat-style seat and the clean vintage lines of the large CB750 Super Sport tank. We opted to keep the side panels instead of re-configuring the oil tank to keep a retro-mod style. This causes the bike to sit with a killer stance hinted with chrome and jet black stylings. A serious head turner and a bike that begs to be asked, “What year and what kinda bike is that?”
Fuel Well Moto: History and Mission
Fuel Well Moto started only a year ago. Originally I was restoring vintage trucks from the 1960s so always had a passion for all things vintage. Originally I got into vintage cafe racers as an excuse to build them and enjoy riding them at the same time, but turns out I was selling them quicker than I was able to enjoy them.
My goal has always been to build simplified, sleek, but modern cafe racers with a hint of modern aggression. No crazy colors, no crazy gimmicks.. just clean & beautiful street machines. My other goal is to streamline the build process and to pass this saving onto the clients wanting a custom cafe racer but not wanting to break the bank.