"Ever since high school, I wanted a motorcycle, but was never in a position to afford one. I worked construction, played music and went to collegeand those things always seemed to take priority. When I was 28, I lost both of my parents and that changed everything. Within 6 weeks of losing my Mom, I had purchased my first motorcycle and had learned to ride. It was a Buell XB12R. I put about 14,000 miles on it the first year."
"For years, I had watched all the motorcycle builder shows on TV and had always wanted to build my own bike. When I began to see the cafe racer movement take shape, I decided to try my hand at it and purchased a 1973 Honda CB750. I didn't even have a garage, so the first phase of this build took place in a friend's garage. During that time, I broke up with my girlfriend and ended up having an empty bedroom in my house. That room quickly became the "motorcycle room". My workshop is old carpet laid on a hardwood floor in the air conditioned comfort of my home. If things need welding, grinding or painting, they're taken to the back porch. I have a basic tool box and began this build by learning things from the internet. I set out with a goal in mind and the determination to make it a reality."
"Building the bike was a bucket list thing that I undertook during a time when I needed to focus on myself to keep my head above water. The time and money I invested is far beyond reasonable, but that wasn't the point. I was staying busy doing something I loved, learning as much as I could and creating an environment where my friends and family could come help me out. I think this build is about as personal as it gets."
I did a lot of the work myself, but I did have some great people contribute along the way. Justin Belz supplied the garage for the first phase and helped me with the tear-down. My twin brother Eli Carver lent a hand as well as my friend Tanner Kothmann; and Karly Kothmann also got involved during the design and paint stages. I also got a lot of parts and advice over the phone from Devin at Cognito Moto. He's a great guy, designs some amazing parts and provides the customer service to back them up."
"Cognito Moto also supplied the front hub I used to mount the 17 inch rim and the frame mounted oil tank. I used another 17" rim in the rear that rolls in a CB550 swing-arm and the saddle is an aftermarket unit from Tuffside. Everything was either powdercoated or re-painted except the engine cases, because I wanted there to be some indication that this was not a brand new bike.
"As a result of this project my brother and some of my best friends have bought old bikes and rebuilt them as well. I have met some great people because of my CB750 and have shared some wonderful experiences. I'm proud that there's much more to this build than what you see when you look at it. My time building this bike with my friends and the people I really care about has paid off immensely and that really makes me proud."
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