Impeccable Custom Honda CB750 Plays the Cafe Racer Game Better Than Most

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As the years went by, we’ve seen tons of custom Honda CB750 emerging all over the world, and it’s unlikely we’ll ever get tired of admiring what builders can do with this platform. That being said, feel free to join us for a quick look at a gorgeous specimen bred under California’s sunny skies, as you certainly won’t be disappointed. The bike in question is the work of Thirteen & Company over in Los Angeles.
Shop boss Kyle Vara found the project’s donor – a weary CB750 model – down south in Oceanside, and it didn’t take long for it to make its way to his shop in L.A. Upon arrival, the old UJM was immediately dismantled in preparation for some serious custom surgery. Kyle started by shortening its subframe to tighten up the proportions at the back, then he busied himself with removing any signs of aging.

He did so by honoring the entire framework with a comprehensive clean-up, while also refurbishing the inline-four engine inside out. All the 28 mm (1.1-inch) Keihin carbs were meticulously rebuilt and rejetted, to then be topped with a set of premium pod filters. Moreover, a stainless-steel Delvik exhaust system can now be found at the opposite end of the combustion cycle.

Looking to really challenge himself, Sir Vara proceeded to build a discreet oil tank from scratch, admitting that it was the most demanding aspect of his conversion. When it was finally complete, the custom tank has been placed in between the subframe's shortened upper tubes. Above it lies a superb tail unit whose rearmost section is home to LED lighting, but one may also see a handmade brown leather seat up top.

That potent LED module does double duty as a taillight and turn signal assembly. To toughen up the CB750’s riding stance, Thirteen & Co. installed clip-on handlebars up in the cockpit area, along with a unique pair of rear-mounted foot pegs down on the motorcycle’s flanks. The following step saw Kyle fitting the classic Honda with fresh wiring all-round, running through a Bluetooth-enabled controller from Motogadget.

Furthermore, the rear shock absorbers were revised to get the creature’s stance just right. Kyle decided to keep the factory fuel tank, while hammering out a pair of knee indentations to really drive the cafe racer point home. A flush-mounted filler cap keeps the CB’s silhouette nice and tidy up top, which is part of what makes this machine so alluring.

Now, the use of Firestone Deluxe Champion tires is sure to raise a few eyebrows, but we’d say the retro-style rubber looks right at home on Thirteen & Company’s caffeinated one-off. To finally take the project across the finish line, the tail, fuel tank, and frame were all finished in a pale shade of blue. Minimalism is the name of the game here, with no graphics or tank badges to speak of.
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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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