Built back in 2020, the bike retains a large chunk of the CBX750F’s original character, but it improves upon it in several ways. As most of you will probably agree, the end result is a thrilling sight to behold, mainly due to the huge drop in visual mass at the back. Few would venture to call a stock CBX750 stunning or even remotely pretty, yet this particular exemplar is a different story altogether.
And despite the model being one of Honda’s commercial failures, it did offer a fairly solid mechanical basis for AMP to work with. Its power source is an air-cooled 747cc inline-four with 16 valves, capable of mustering a very respectable 93 ponies and 53 pound-feet (71 Nm) of torque. Coupled with a six-speed gearbox, it allows the CBX750 to hit speeds of up to 131 mph (211 kph) when pushed to the limit.
Technical specs aside, the Posenauers kicked things off with a 1986 model from Honda’s lineup, provided by an eager client along with very few instructions on how they should proceed. Delighted to have free reign over most of the future mods, the AMP duo dragged the donor into their shop, took it apart, and wasted no time digging in.
Michael and Allen did away with the motorcycle’s factory monoshock, so as to make room for a modern and way more capable Wilbers alternative. They also refurbished the brakes for improved stopping power at both ends, while wrapping the stock CBX750F wheels in a grippy pair of Metzeler Lasertec tires. All the mods mentioned so far are undeniably effective, but the bodywork department is where the real party’s at.
Choosing to keep the standard belly pan, fuel tank cover, and front fairing, AMP focused mostly on the southernmost section. Gone is all the massive rear-end equipment once worn by this machine, and the setup fitted in its stead completely changes the bike’s overall appearance. First, the Germans fashioned an all-new subframe to replace the original unit, encasing it in bespoke aluminum side panels thereafter.
It’s connected to a custom wiring harness just like all the other electronic goodies, without a single loose wire visible anywhere on this specimen. Rounding out the bodywork adjustments is a small, yet effective front fender, while most of the hardware in the cockpit area is still stock. The last major changes took place in the powertrain sector, where some new breathing equipment ensures ample airflow.
On the intake side of things, the CBX750’s airbox was eliminated in favor of aftermarket pod filters, and these are appropriately complemented by revised exhaust plumbing. Although the factory headers are still in play, they’ve been skillfully reshaped as a four-into one configuration and then capped off with a slim race-spec muffler. With the exhaust system looking the way they wanted, AMP’s artisans were happy to call it a day.
Their striking Honda CBX750F is really more of a restomod rather than a fully-fledged custom, beautifully showcasing what can be accomplished with just a few thoughtful modifications. It’s a matter of subtraction instead of addition, and the Posenauers knocked it straight out of the ballpark! We never thought a CBX750 could look this good and are glad to have been proven wrong.