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Believe it or not, we don’t get to do frame-up motorcycle projects as often as we’d like. Our bread and butter is your standard tune up and maintenance fare. Batteries, carburetor rebuilds, chains/sprockets, tires, fork seals, brakes or all of the above — that’s our day in and our day out. Even when we pull a motor for a rebuild, the rest of the bike remains. So it’s a special treat to take a bike all the way down to the frame and bring it back up as something shiny and infamous.
That’s precisely what we’re doing with this CB750. The bike belongs to our man Jason, the Rust Brother most directly responsible for making our front lobby what it is today. We’re taking it from standard street snarl to full-on racer tribute bike. And just who are we paying tribute to? None other than AMA Hall of Fame inductee, “Fast Freddie” Spencer. We’re not the first to do so. In 2007, Honda did their own limited edition Spencer CB750. That was pretty cool, but we’re going to do one better. We’re going to stay even truer to the original race bike, and once we’re done with it, Jason’s bike will be much, much faster than Honda’s factory effort.
But a project of a thousand steps begins with a single bolt. We started pulling the motor apart a while ago, but this week we tore into the bike proper. We broke it down all the way to the frame, in fact. All that remains is the bare roller — just the wheels and suspension on the empty frame. When I came by to photograph the frame, I was amazed how light the bare bike was. I’ve got a CB750 of my own, and it’s a pig to move around. They’re top heavy. They’re wide. They’re tall. The bare frame and wheels felt like a bicycle when I spun it around to get a good photo. A set of pedals and I swear, I could have ridden it around the shop under foot power.
It’s a start. We’ve got to get the frame cleaned up and the engine rebuilt. There’s paintwork to sort out and all the right details to get bolted back on. Even once it’s complete, there’s still all the go-fast tuning to be done. Stay tuned, this is just the beginning.
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