An old superbike gets a modern makeover…
The Honda CB750 was the “original superbike” — a four-stroke street, strip, and track weapon that radicalized the UJM (Universal Japanese Motorcycle). However, the 750cc Hall-of-Famer is getting in long in the tooth these days. While the air-cooled motor still has impressive punch, the brakes and suspension could use some updating for the modern rider.
Enter Francisco of Rusty Wrench Motorcycles, aka RW Motorcycles — a workshop, brand, and store for bike lovers in Faro, Portugal. Francisco’s client wanted a blend of contemporary and classic influence, a modern CB750 cafe racer. RW Motorcycles delivered with this stunning blue-and-blue beauty.
Below, we get the full story from the builder himself, along with a striking set of photos from Remy Gonçalves (@remy_goncalves).
Modern CB750 Cafe Racer: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
My name is Francisco and I was initially in the car kustom business, but motorcycles were always a big passion in my life. I built my first bike in 2015, which was a success and since then I have been doing kustom building to some friends. Now I am finally doing it full time for my clients! You can see other projects done on our website.
I created the brand Rusty Wrench Motorcycles with an open store to the public with some accessories and clothes for biker lovers in Faro – Portugal, since last year, and it was an old dream came true!
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
This is a Honda CB Seven Fifty 750.
• Why was this bike built?
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
It was a bit of a modern and classic influence. Modern cafe racer.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
The riding style was changed with front clip-ons directly from the front fairing, a LED headlamp was installed as well as a digital speedometer. The subframe and the seat were modified. It took new brake discs and exhaust system. It was finalized with a personalized painting.
• How would you classify this bike?
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
The front fairing, the work done on the subframe and the license plate support.
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Photographer credit: Remy Gonçalves (@remy_goncalves)