Today, we’re proud to present this 1985 Honda CB750 RC04 (Nighthawk) brat bike by Sven Schmidt of Germany’s Smith Cycles. The RC04 was the German version of the Nighthawk. Though customs are a dime a dozen these days, this particular CB immediately leapt out at us with this low, mean lines and attitude. Some bikes just have that “It Factor,” and this is one.
Honda Nighthawk Brat Bike: In the Builder’s Words
(This has been translated from the original German.)
Hi, I’m Sven from Halle (Saale), located in Germany! I have a 1984 Honda CB750 RC04, rebuilt to be a bratstyle bike. The Honda had run 34,000 km in the initial state. I had to rebuild the engine, replace the clutch basket, and with the open air filter, I went with larger jets, so it runs beautifully. Then I devoted myself to the rear frame, cutting off the old and welding on a new loop. I wanted to build it such that my wife could ride with me on long-distance group rides.
I had to revise the whole electrical system–all the electronics that were located in the headlight have been moved under the seat. I wanted to go with a Bates headlight. I moved the whole ignition under the bench seat and included a Li-Po battery. The electrical system was actually the biggest task of all.
Besides that, the fork has been cut, the bike fitted with shorter dampers. The speedometer has been fitted with control lights, and here and there little things have been changed. The seat I built myself with fiberglass and leather, and the tank was painted white/candy red, and applied with multiple coats of clear lacquer.
Overall, I invested about two months of work. I think all in all, the bike has become quite pretty. My next project is a Honda CB900 SC01 Café Racer.
Cheers from Germany!
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