This is not your average ChopCult feature bike! It’s a rat rod vintage Japanese motorcycle built with a mixture of stock parts from other bikes and a little elbow grease. This is the kind of bike I grew up riding and wrenching on; it proves the point that I’ve said before: All it takes is $1000 and a bubble shield!
I don’t care as much about what a person rides as I do about the fact that they are on two wheels and wrench on their own. I get tired of tire kickers that will dis a man’s sled and yet, when asked what they ride say, “I’m saving for a bike.” In my opinion, if you are really about the freedom of the two wheel experience, then what you ride is not as important as the fact that you do ride. I know not everyone can start on a fabulous knuckle chop. Bikes like Devin’s are cheap, fun, and reliable when done right. The best part is that, just like Devin, you can be building your other ride slowly while riding the wheels off an old CB.
Sure, it was an import 40 years ago. However, bikes like this support the American based industry now when people buy parts from US based suppliers and American- owned salvage yards to keep them running; and that’s a good thing.
Vintage CBs are not everyone’s cup of tea, but they are a classic part of motorcycle history and provide a plentiful and cheap entry-level point for new riders and builders today. Next time you see a dude riding a vintage Japanese motorcycle, be more concerned about the fact that he is riding, rather than knocking his bike for the sake of it. As they say, “You meet the nicest people on a Honda”; and some of the baddest chopper dudes I know started on a 70’s CB-something-or-other.
All it takes is $1,000 and a bubble shield! (if you’re in it to do more than pose).
Owner name, location: Devin Reese, Columbus, Ohio
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1977 CB750
Chassis mods: Cut off the rear end and welded some shit out of a bin at the compound to make the seat rails
Tire/wheel size and style: 17” rear, 19” front
Favorite thing about this bike: Cheap and Indestructible
Next modification will be: Whatever breaks and maybe a longer seat
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Seat pan is a computer housing, Tank headlight, fender all from various other vintage Honda’s CB350, 305 CB450
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: Found at Walter P22 in the street and traded it and $250 for the roller lol
Thanks to: Tom at www.ricepaddymotorcycles TSDC, Bear and the Columbus Cats