Ben Merkley’s Honda 1979 CB750L

honda cb750 cafe racer

Like many people I spend lots of my free time on my local craigslist trying to find sweet deals or cool bikes. That is actually were I stumbled upon Ben’s 1970 CB750L. After looking at all the pictures I knew I had to contact him and ask him to tell me all about it. So here is what he had to say.

honda cb750

I bought this bike with the intention to have a motorcycle my wife could ride with me on, but unless she wants to sit on sheet metal that is now not an option haha.  I sent out to give it a thin but comfortable seat that went from the tank to the end of the rear hoop.  I wanted the bike all black with a scrambler style stance and look.  I wanted knobby tires and dirt bike handle bars.  But as you can see it doesn’t look anything like that now.

honda cb750 cafe racer

When I first got this bike it had spoked wheels that were completely shot all bent up and rusted out. So that was the first thing I went on the hunt for. after I pulled the motor out and realized it was kept outside with no spark plugs so there was a lot of crap and water in the cylinders.  It also looked like there was a mouse living in all 4 intake ports I pulled a ton of sand out of every port this motor had.

honda cb750

So needless to say I had to pull it apart and clean her up.  It took me quite a while to get the motor done because it was my first complete teardown of a bigger motor.  After I finished that I started on The frame it turned out the frame I had was in a wreck and I didn’t notice it until I looked a little harder at it so with that I decided not to mess with it and bought a parts bike with a Strait frame and the wheels I was needing.

honda cb750 cafe racer

I did the normal de-tabbing of the frame and welded a rear hoop on.  I had the wheels and frame satin black powder coated and I think it was worth the extra cash.  When I was putting it back together I decided I didn’t want do that big of a seat I just didn’t like the look of it and I started looking for some inspiration online.  I saw a builder out of LA made a sheet medal rear cowl with an integrated light so I set out to make one for myself. It took me a while to get it right because I had no medal working tools but I love the end result.

honda cb750 cafe racer

I hate the look of a cluttered triple tree so I decided not to put anything there and keep it clean.  I threw on the dirt bike style handle bars and hated the look with them so decided to lower the front and put some clip on handle bars on.  It had a stock 4-4 exhaust and it sounded cool just didn’t look the way I wanted so I ditched it and got a 4-1 with a race Cone muffler.  I went with the AVON safety mileage tire in the back to beef up that small 16inch rim and raid the back a little

honda cb750 cafe racer

I got some small but super bright led turn signals and tucked them away so there were not as noticeable when they were off. All in all it was a super fun bike to build it gave me a ton of electrical problem but help me learn a lot about these cb750.

This motorcycle is for sale and anyone with serious interest is welcome to get ahold of me through email: Benmerkley@hotmail.com
Instagram: ben_merk

honda cb750 cafe racer

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