A Show-Stopping 750 Super Sport from Never Ending Cycles…
Ask anybody who builds custom motorcycles for a living, and they’ll tell you the client has a pretty significant impact on how much they enjoy a given project. By and large, motorcycle people are good folks, and anyone commissioning a custom build is generally ready to give a good bit of creative rein to the builder. But the right client can help a workshop take their work to the next level.
So it was this case with this 1975 CB750F Super Sport from husband-wife team Ben and Jess Schattschneider of Wisconsin’s Never Ending Cycles. The client, Tim Finley, searched far and wide for the right workshop to carry out a CB750 build for him, and ended up coming all the way up from Houston to Road America to meet the Wisconsin duo about the build.
NEC grew out of a pandemic hobby, and Midwestern workshop has quickly made a name for themselves with builds like their Honda CB400F cafe racer — aka “The Graduate” — which was featured in the 2022 Handbuilt Show, the 2023 Mama Tried Show, and here on BikeBound.
From the beginning, Tim gave NEC a good deal of creative freedom with the build, with few stipulations other than the lovely green paint. During the process, however, client and builder decided to take the build to the next level. Says Ben:
“As most of our high-ends builds go, we have a fluid design process, making changes and tweaks as we go along; however, halfway through the project he decided he wanted the motorcycle to become his southern show bike. The build quickly took on a more refined and higher end components along with custom work not typical with a standard build at NEC.”
This included a powder-coated frame and engine cases, GSX-R fork / brake conversion, 17-inch Excel spoked wheels, modern disc brakes front and rear, a full suite of Motogadget electronics, custom TIG-welded exhaust, a diamond-stitched custom saddle, custom flyscreen and paint, and more.
Just as intended, this “Southern show bike” gets attention wherever it goes, with a greater level of detail and refinement than any NEC build to date.
“It turns more heads than any bike we’ve built, as it looks like a new production bike trapped in an old body.”
Best of all, the project didn’t just result in this CB750 “Showstopper,” but a new friendship as well. Says Ben:
“[Tim] has been an absolutely fantastic client to work with. He has trusted me and been patient with me as we navigated curveballs. He’s an awesome guy and Jess and I are proud to call him a friend.”
Motorcycles are one of the great vehicles for making friends, even from hundreds of miles away, and we’re happy to see another friendship forged through two wheels. Keep an eye out for this CB750 on the show circuit in 2024.
Honda CB750F Café / Restomod: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
I’m Ben Schattschneider of Never Ending Cycles. Growing up on a farm in rural Wisconsin, I was driving tractors and ATVs long before I had a license. Also because of that upbringing, I learned to fix my own stuff. Mix that with an my artistic side and a pool table full of LEGOs, it’s no surprise that I have found my passion in building motorcycles. Fast forward to a few years ago when Never Ending Cycles was born out of a pandemic hobby in 2020 and has grown into not only building vintage restomods, but also a full service bike repair shop. My wife, Jess, and I own it together and it has been an amazing adventure so far.
• What’s the make, model, and year of the donor bike?
1975 CB750F Super Sport.
• Why was this bike built?
This was a commissioned build for our client Tim Finley from Houston, TX. He searched out many restomod companies and in his findings came across NEC. He actually traveled from Texas to Wisconsin to meet us at Road America, where we were displaying a few bikes
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
He knew that he wanted a CB750, but that was about it. The color scheme was influenced by a Mustang Tim loved. As most of our high-ends builds go, we have a fluid design process, making changes and tweaks as we go along; however, halfway through the project he decided he wanted the motorcycle to become his southern show bike. The build quickly took on a more refined and higher end components along with custom work not typical with a standard build at NEC.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
Our goal with any build is to design it as if it could/should have been an option from the factory. We obviously took this one a bit farther. From a sterling green powder-coated frame to custom paint to cowhide diamond-stitched seat, we had numerous custom features.
- Motogadget parts, which include M-unit with momentary switches, minscope gauge, and
- GSX-R fork conversion with 17” Excel wheels front and rear, wrapped with 120/79/17 front and 140/70/17 rear Metzler tires.
- The rear disc brake is from a newer BMW GS650, fit with a milled spacer to match the
- Custom TIG-welded stainless exhaust.
- Powder-coated cases and engine parts.
- Custom frame work to allow engine access while in the frame.
• Does the bike have a nickname?
“The Show Stopper.”
• Can you tell us what it’s like to ride this bike?
It’s a dream to ride; it’s very smooth and responsive; the exhaust sounds amazing without being too loud. It turns more heads than any bike we’ve built, as it looks like a new production bike trapped in an old body.
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
The rear brake disc set up was new for me. It took a bit of trial and error, but it turned out really well. The fly screen was an afterthought but also really made the fit and finish we were hoping to achieve. To date this is the best and most detailed bike we have built.
• Is there anyone you’d like to thank?
Tim. He has been an absolutely fantastic client to work with. He has trusted me and been patient with me as we navigated curveballs. He’s an awesome guy and Jess and I are proud to call him a friend.