Peace, Grease and a Honda CB750

The Honda CB750 first came into production in 1969 and made a major impact on the motorcycle industry by being the first four cylinder bike to be produced by a mainstream manufacturer. The CB750's major competitor at the time of it's launch was the BSA Rocket 3 or Triumph Trident which came in to production a year earlier. The 2 bikes were considered to be the first true superbikes available to the public and the they competed very well in both sales and production quality. The CB750 however became the bike of choice for road riders due to it's more affordable price bracket and reliability where as the Trident tended to be the choice of racers. For the British motorcycle industry this spelled trouble and the CB played a major part in the downfall of many UK manufacturers. The Honda CB750 stayed in production up until 2003 and became known as the Nighthawk 750. The Nighthawk never sold to Honda's expectations due to the abundance of sportbikes that had hit the market and the changing trends of bike riders. Check out the sporty handle bars, seat and rims on a standard CB750....eek!

The Honda CB750 now enjoys popularity amoung enthusiasts and good examples are readily available on the second hand market. There is also a plethora of standard/cutom parts available online and plenty of clubs and forums where you can discuss the finer details of CB750 ownership and maintenance.

Cb750's have also attracted the custom builder market and can be found reincarnated as Choppers and Cafe Racers. If you're looking for some fine examples of CB750 racers try visiting the website of Steve 'Carpy' Carpenter. Carpy is an expat living in California doing what he loves most, building Cafe Racers out of CB750's and he know's his stuff. The site is an incredible resource of information and inspiration as Carpy has put his heart and soul in to producing a site that will give any Cafe Racer loving rocker a hard one. There are heaps of pics, detailed bike builds and he even has a shop selling some of his own Cafe style parts and accessories. If you're also big on the Rocker lifestyle Carpy has been keeping it real in C.A. and has a great myspace page full of photos, vids and rantings.
Carpy was kind enough to lend me a few pics of his project bikes which you can see here. If you're thinking about a CB750 project visit his site and I'm sure you will find some helpful tips or maybe even buy one of his very own works of art.
Special thanks to Carpy for sharing.

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