Rothmans Seven Fifty: Honda CB750F2 Café Racer

Honda CB750F2 Cafe Racer

Jerem Motorcycles builds a nostalgic yet modern café… 

Founded in 1890, Rothmans International was a British tobacco company that became a strong supporter of motorsports in the 1980s and 1990s, when many of the dominant racing teams had tobacco companies for sponsors: John Player, Marlboro, Lucky Strike, Camel, etc. From 1985-1993, Rothmans sponsored Honda’s work Gran Prix team, when legends such as Eddie Lawson, Mick Doohan, and Wayne Gardner worked to tame the mighty NSR two-strokes.

Wayne Gardner

Those 1980s liveries remain some of the most iconic of all time, so we’re always interested to see them reborn on modern custom builds like this Honda CB750F2 Seven Fifty from France’s Jerem Motorcycles.

Honda CB750F2 Cafe Racer

The “Seven Fifty” was a late model version of the CB750, which came out in the early 1990s — better known as the Nighthawk here in the States. By then, it was not the revolutionary superbike of the original CB750, but a retro roadster with a steel cradle frame, twin shocks, and conventional forks, boasting a solid 73 horsepower from the 747cc DOHC air-cooled engine — the perfect donor for a custom café racer.

Honda CB750F2 Cafe Racer

Builder Jeremie Duchampt says he’s been customizing motorcycles for just two years, though he’s always been a tinkerer who worked on own cars and bikes. This build was done for a customer, and as you’ll see from the full build sheet below, the modifications were quite extensive. Though the forks and swingarm remain factory, nearly everything on the bike was reconditioned, rebuilt, and/or customized. We always like to hear that a builder does all the routine maintenance on a bike, replacing all of the fluids and tuning the carbs — you know it’s a bike meant to be ridden.

Honda CB750F2 Cafe Racer

FFPro Design carried out the Rothmans-inspired livery, which is all paint — no decals or vinyl! Overall, we love the lines on this late-model CB, and the colors flip our nostalgic switch. Below, we talk to Jeremie for more details on the build.

Honda CB Seven Fifty Custom: Builder Interview

Honda CB750F2 Cafe Racer

• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.

I’m Jeremie Duchampt from Jerem Motorcycles, and I’ve been preparing motorcycles for about two years. I also have a car wash business on the side. I’ve been a tinkerer since I was very young. I’ve always reworked my own vehicles, whether it be motorcycles or cars. I started motorcycle preparation a bit by hazard.

Honda CB750F2 Cafe Racer

What is the make, model and year of the donor’s motorcycle?

Honda CB Seven Fifty.

Honda CB750F2 Cafe Racer

Why was this bike built?

This bike was made for a customer.

Honda CB750F2 Cafe Racer

What was the design concept and what influenced the build?

I’m generally a cafe racer type of guy.

Honda CB750F2 Cafe Racer

What custom work has been done on the bike?

Chassis / Chassis:

  • Original reconditioned forks
  • New steering bearings
  • Homemade front mudguard
  • Oven repainted rims in black
  • New brake pads
  • New Pirelli Diablo tyres (160/60/17 AR and 120/70/17 AV)
  • Custom rebuilt rear shock absorber for colour
  • Custom-made brake hoses — EXACT
  • Custom-made rear plate holder + mudguard
  • Half handlebar bracelet
  • Complete cleaning of the cycle part and epoxy painting
  • Modification of the frame to accommodate the custom rear cowl
  • Brembo brake master cylinder + clutch
  • USV Racing top tube with integrated speedo
  • Reconditioned and repainted front and rear brake calipers.

Honda CB750F2 Cafe Racer

Electrical:

  • Left and right hand switchgear
  • Vintage yellow LED headlight + CNC aluminium brackets
  • LED tail light/stop/blinker integrated in rear hull
  • LED front turn signals + central indicator modification
  • LED plate light
  • Solise battery holder modification
  • Keyless start management system (Kairos RFID)
  • Vintage meter from Five Aces

Honda CB750F2 Cafe Racer

Engine:

  • Airbox removed to integrate DNA filters
  • Engine repainted in high temperature black satin paint
  • Customised 4-into-1 stainless steel exhaust system with stainless steel silencer
  • Changeed the different fluids (Brakes, 10W-40 Repsol engine oil, oil filters)
  • Modified manual choke
  • Complete adjustment of the engine and carburetors.

Honda CB750F2 Cafe Racer

Aesthetics:

  • USV Racing CNC-cut upper yoke with integrated speedometer
  • Custom rear shell with integrated rear lights (FFPro Design)
  • Custom leather and Alcantara seat with stitching (Irina : Saddle Stitch 34)
  • Custom Rothmans style paint without any stickers (FFPro Design)
  • Brown handlebars
  • Retro with integrated flashers
  • Gear indicator on yoke
  • Plate holder and license plate on measure

Honda CB750F2 Cafe Racer

Paint:

  • Custom Rothmans style paint without any stickers (FFPro Design)
  • Brake calipers and shock absorbers painted in high-temperature gold
  • Frame and swingarm epoxied black
  • Engine painted in satin black epoxy
  • Fork legs, epoxy satin black

Honda CB750F2 Cafe Racer

Can you tell us what it’s like to ride this bike?

It’s a real pleasure, the owner is happy.

Is there anything you did during the build that you are particularly proud of?

The whole bike, especially the tail lights.

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One Comment

  1. What a gorgeous looking machine!

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