Custom Honda CB750 Cafe Racer Modernizes Classic UJM Recipe in Style

Melbourne-based JAX Garage has only been around since 2019, but it won’t take long for Jas Babalija and his team to make a name for themselves if they continue at the current pace. The custom head-turner we’re about to look at was built by them in 2022, with a Honda CB750 from 1972 acting as the project’s basis. As you can probably tell, the Aussies turned it into an absolute showstopper!
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Their aim was to restyle the classic UJM as a cafe racer, while refurbishing it wherever needed and bringing its running gear into the 21st century. Once the CB750 had been taken apart, JAX shortened and looped the subframe in order to tighten up its rear-end proportions. Attached to the southernmost section of the tubing is a bare-bones license plate bracket, which also supports the new LED taillight and turn signals.

The Australian shop came up with a custom black leather saddle, as well, and they installed a handmade electronics tray underneath. There’s also a fresh oil tank with the same capacity as the original, doubling up as something of a rear fender to prevent road debris from going where it shouldn’t. Premium YSS shock absorbers also make an appearance out back, sporting piggyback reservoirs and progressive springs.

You’ll see CNC-machined rearsets a little further ahead, but we’re more interested in the equipment occupying unsprung territory. JAX retrofitted the three-spoke alloy wheels of a Ducati Monster, complete with their sturdy Brembo brake calipers and drilled rotors. The rims were wrapped in Pirelli Diablo III tires, measuring 120/60 at the front and 160/60 at the opposite end.

Gone are the standard telescopic forks once found on the CB750, and the inverted substitutes fitted in their stead were taken off a Honda CBR929RR. There’s a bespoke front fender mounted in between the fork tubes, while an aftermarket LED headlight can be seen a bit higher up. Sir Babalija’s experts spared no expense in the cockpit, either, adding clip-on handlebars, billet aluminum grips, and Motone switches.

Furthermore, they finished things off in that area with several Motogadget goodies, including a Chronoclassic speedo, underslung glassless mirrors, and bar-end blinkers. We still find the stock fuel tank a little further back, but it’s been thoroughly overhauled, repainted in a stunning deep red hue, and topped with a chromed flip-up filler cap. The same red finish made its way onto the upper forks.

Last but not least, the motorcycle’s 736cc inline-four engine was freshened up by way of an all-inclusive refurbishment. Its factory Keihin carburetors got deleted in the process, making room for higher-spec Mikuni RS34 modules that inhale through custom velocity stacks. On the exhaust side of things, this caffeinated CB750 features a four-into-one setup ending in a Lossa Engineering muffler.
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About the author: Silvian Secara
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A bit of an artist himself, Silvian sees two- and four-wheeled machines as a form of art, especially restomods and custom rides. Oh, and if you come across a cafe racer article on our website, it’s most likely his doing.
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