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The old and the beautiful

Posted on 06 Dec 2011 in On The Lift, Opinion | 0 comments


I’m going to make a confession here. I don’t really like the Honda CB750. I know it’s an icon. I know it changed motorcycling forever. I know it’s the birth of the superbike. And I know it’s a favorite platform for Japanese Cafe Racers. Still, I’m not a big fan. There’s nothing wrong with the CB750. Hell, I own one. I don’t like it though. It’s the engine mostly. I’m just not an inline four guy. Smooth as butter, even pleasantly loud and howly like an old italian race car, but I’m just not into it. I hate the lack of low end-torque and how fussy it is when I’m trying to get such a big, top heavy bike going off the line.

Thing is, when I look at a bike like this one, I can’t help but be charmed. It’s just gorgeous. Any criticism I might give because of its breeding just doesn’t matter anymore. When you’re this good looking, your flaws just add character — personality matters just a little bit less for as long as the magic lasts. This one has everything going for it that a stock CB750 can have. It’s in great shape. It’s clean. The paint is pristine. I didn’t spend enough time with this old girl to see if she’s a restoration or not, but who cares? It’s the right era too — mid ’70s — back when men were men and bikes were UJM’s. No dual overhead cam nonsense. No wet sump. You had an oil tank and you liked it. It’s a lovely old horse with clean lines and no nonsense. It’s charming, even if imperfect.

I don’t know if I’ve met the owner, but it seems obvious he or she loves this old bike. Somebody did, anyway. It shows in the condition. From what we can see, this bike’s only neglect is in miles. It’s in for a carb clean. No small job on these inline fours, but worth the effort. We’ll undo with careful disassembly and cleaning what gunky old fuel does all too easily. On your own machines, a regular flow of gasoline through the carbs and into an angry engine can head this kind of thing off at the pass. No matter though. We’ll soon have this lovely old thing sorted out. We’re in no hurry. Not just ’cause it’s winter, but because this lovely old machine is good scenery.