Motorcycle News - Quatro Shot: a Honda CB750 from the Gaucho Highlands
This perfectly proportioned CB750 isn’t from Europe or the States—it’s from the south of Brazil. Caffeine Custom was launched four years ago by friends Bruno Costa and Tiago Zilli, and they’re based in a rustic old shed in Caxias do Sul, in the mountains of Serra Gaúcha.
This Honda—dubbed ‘The Mighty Four’—started off as a 1979 tenth anniversary limited edition Honda CB750. And it showed a mere 8,000 miles on the dial. But after eight months of manipulating metal, fine-tuning and painting, it’s looking a lot sharper.
“We wanted to build an authentic café racer, combining classic style with an elegant and minimalist design.” And they’ve succeeded. The stance of this CB750 is off the scale; we can imagine it cruising into view like a low-slung battleship.
Next they whipped up a new subframe, topping it off with a hand-built rear cowl. And there’s more interesting stuff going on back there. For starters, the seat’s upholstered in Alcantara—complete with a flap that hides a smartphone storage pouch.
Up front, Caffeine modded the top triple clamp with their logo. They then fitted clip-ons, complete with Biltwell grips and Motogadget buttons and bar-end signals. The brake control now features a nifty CNC-machined reservoir, and the speedo is a simple analog unit, complete with integrated idiot lights.
The rest of the build is a mix of beautifully restored original pieces and subtle touches. Since the motor was low mileage and running great, Caffeine simply cleaned it up and refinished it in matte black.
The brakes are stock, but the front fender, headlight and brackets are all new, and Honda CB900 Bol d’Or rear sets were fitted to help improve ergonomics. (There’s a small plaque commemorating the project, just behind the left peg).
There’s been a surge of interest in performance-orientated machines lately, but we find The Mighty Four’s analog vibe refreshing. It’s an elegant, low-fi reminder of why we love the CB750 so much—and a reminder to keep a closer eye on the Brazilian scene.
via Bike EXIF http://www.bikeexif.com
May 7, 2018 at 12:09PM