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Honda CB Seven Fifty Cafe Racer

Launched in 1992, the Honda CB Seven Fifty — higher referred to as the Nighthawk or CB750F2 in some markets — was an air-cooled retro roadster with a metal cradle body, twin-shock rear swingarm, standard air-assisted forks, and a 73-hp DOHC four-cylinder engine.

Honda CB Seven Fifty Cafe Racer

Whereas the Seven Fifty outperformed its arch nemesis, the Kawasaki Zephyr 750, it definitely wasn’t the world’s most charismatic machine:

“The Honda was cheaper, sleeker, smoother, barely extra highly effective and a significantly extra snug bike. The Honda CB750 F2 lacks ardour, although, and verdicts of  ‘boring’ and ‘a bit boring’ litter its opinions…” –MCN

Inventory CB “Seven Fifty”

Happily, there are of us like Frédéric Lagarde of Southern France’s Tumulte — a former GT race automobile engineer who began constructing {custom} bikes about 5 years in the past:

“I did my first {custom} on a BMW K75…in my home’s little storage, then I personalized some bikes for mates, and mates of mates…”

Honda CB Seven Fifty Cafe Racer

Quickly Fred had commissioned builds coming his approach.  He moved right into a separate store in 2018, and he’s presently within the course of of shopping for his personal house, the place he’ll be capable of arrange his workshop simply how he likes — congrats, Fred!

Honda CB Seven Fifty Cafe Racer

Final summer time, we featured Fred’s private “RC30” Triumph Velocity Triple, which made our record of the yr’s Prime 10 Cafe Racers, and now he’s again with this consumer construct primarily based on a ’96 CB Seven Fifty.

“The shopper wished a single-seat cafe racer, with spoke wheels and upside-down fork, clip-on bars, a gasoline tank he already had from a Honda CX500, and the colour that we determined collectively. For the remainder, I had fairly a superb margin to do what I wished.”

Honda CB Seven Fifty Cafe Racer

Not often have we seen a CX500 tank look so good on a construct — nicely accomplished! Different highlights embrace the Triumph Velocity Triple forks and brakes, a set of spoke wheels tailored to work with the double-disc Triumph entrance finish and manufacturing unit swingarm, {custom} tail part with solo seat, {custom} wiring harness with lithium battery and LED lighting, and an engine tuned to perfection due to suggestions from an exhaust-mounted oxygen sensor.

Honda CB Seven Fifty Cafe Racer

Fred says the bike is a blast on the roads of Tarn:

“It’s actually enjoyable to journey this outdated bike like a contemporary sport bare bike! The engine is operating completely due to the lambda sensor, which helped me tune the 4 carburetors!”

Honda CB Seven Fifty Cafe Racer

Under, we discuss to Fred for the total particulars on this Seven Fifty café racer.

Seven Fifty Café Racer: Builder Interview

Honda CB Seven Fifty Cafe Racer

• Please inform us a bit about your self, your historical past with bikes, and your workshop.

I began as a race engineer in GT vehicles for greater than 10 years, so I’ve a strong expertise in mechanics, welding, wiring, and reliability!

I did my first {custom} on a BMW K75 5 years in the past, in my home’s little storage, then I personalized some bikes for mates, and mates of mates…

I moved into my first workshop in 2018 after I had some extra prospects and want extra space! Now I’m presently shopping for a brand new workshop that I can prepare like I wish to have an ideal place to obtain prospects and work in the very best circumstances.

• What’s the make, mannequin, and yr of the bike?

Honda CB750 Seven Fifty, 1996.

Honda CB Seven Fifty Cafe Racer

• Why was this bike constructed?

Buyer undertaking.

Honda CB Seven Fifty Cafe Racer

• What was the design idea and what influenced the construct?

The shopper wished a single-seat cafe racer, with spoke wheels and upside-down fork, clip-on bars, a gasoline tank he already had from a Honda CX500, and the colour that we determined collectively. For the remainder, I had fairly a superb margin to do what I wished.

Honda CB Seven Fifty Cafe Racer

• What {custom} work was accomplished to the bike?
  • Adaptation of a brand new tank from a CX500, so we’re nonetheless with Honda!
  • Adaptation of an inverted fork, in addition to the entire braking system from a Triumph Velocity Triple. The marginally shorter fork than the unique and the clip-on handlebars deliver a extra aggressive and forward-leaning model.
  • Adaptation of spoked wheels is the large “neo-retro” plus of this customization, with its set of machined components, disc offsets, crown offsets, and varied spacers. The sporty Bridgestone S22 tires gown up the edges, able to assault the roads of Tarn!
  • Creation of a custom-made rear cowl, which takes on the form of the tank, completes the bike’s line. The only-seat saddle completes the sporty look of the beast!
  • The wiring has been fully revised, with the variation of all new elements — Koso meter, LED indicators, lithium battery hidden beneath the saddle, in addition to the important thing swap discreetly housed within the body.
  • The license plate holder is offset to streamline the rear of the bike, and comprises the lights, indicators, and license plate lighting.
  • On the engine facet, it breathes by 4 BMC filters and two Spark GP silencers, with the custom-made midpipe fabrication.
  • The entire thing is finely tuned due to the lambda probe mounted for the event.
• Are you able to inform us what it’s prefer to journey the finished bike?

On the primary journey, it was fairly tough to adapt to the clip-ons and new fork, however after some good settings and mileage on the bike, it was actually enjoyable to journey this outdated bike like a contemporary sport bare bike! The engine is operating completely due to the lambda sensor, which helped me to tune the 4 carburetors!

Honda CB Seven Fifty Cafe Racer

• Was there something accomplished throughout this construct that you’re significantly pleased with?

Perhaps the variation of the spoke wheels, which took numerous machining — subcontracted — however I did all of the plans and a few 3D-printed prototypes to validate earlier than beginning the machining course of. It was fairly tough to search out and modify a wheel hub to deal with the large double discs from the Velocity Triple (full entrance finish from this bike), and for the rear, the variation of the present rear chain sprocket and brake disc required laser alignment.

Honda CB Seven Fifty Cafe Racer

Observe the Builder

Web site: www.tumulte.bike
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