Motorcycle News - La Ponderosa: a Honda CB750K built up from a wreck
Nick tried evasive maneuvers, only to end up totaling the bike and severing his calf muscle.
Clip-ons, Motogadget bar-end indicators, forks, a wheel…everything was done for, except Nick’s love for building and riding.
With a fire to create something special from the wreckage, Nick began doing all the things he was “eventually going to do with the bike”. But now he had time and a stronger motivation.
With a cafe racer project in mind and months of therapy ahead, Nick started watching videos and reading about rebuilding Honda’s iconic inline 4.
The air intake box is from Cognito Moto, also made from billet aluminum, giving the bike a unique look compared to the usual pod option.
A love for industrial design and simplicity would normally have led to the immediate delete and relocation of the side covers and oil tank. Nick says, “I just love the classic look of the oil tank and side covers that the bike originally had”—so they stayed.
“I was lucky enough to meet and develop a great working relationship with Brian Kates of MotoBrix, a very talented metal worker in Toronto who also builds motorcycles. He made an ingenious system to easily mount the seat and fairing onto the motorcycle with minimal welding to the frame”.
Swapping in forks from a 1975 GL1000 provided a slightly stiffer front end (and dual disk braking) without the need for gusseting the frame. Finishing up the front end, Nick rebuilt the wheel with new spokes, bearings, rebuilt calipers, forks, and added steel lines for a touch of class.
“I’m a bit of a nut for the clean industrial look of billet aluminum, and incorporated it into many parts of this build, from the gas cap, to the triple top, petcock bowl, clip on handlebars, gauge bracket, and rearsets and passenger pegs”, Nick says.
Nick designed a flip-up system for the brake actuator, which gives the kickstart lever enough clearance to get the job done. “I’m in engineering, which is just figuring out ways to solve problems, really…”.
David Aversa of Raven6 Customs made a beautiful diamond quilted oxblood red leather seat, and a seat pan to fit the bubble seat. The seat is also interchangeable with a brat style seat of the same leather and design in case a passenger is ever on board.
After completing La Ponderosa, Nick is hopelessly bitten by the bike building bug. “I plan on doing many more custom motorcycles, as well as classic restorations, and pushing my boundaries with every build”, he says.
From picking himself up from the pavement to this beautiful build, we find ourselves strangely agreeing with Che himself.
via Bike EXIF http://www.bikeexif.com
May 25, 2018 at 12:08PM