It’s not every day you hear about a new builder that strikes gold on his first build. Usually builders build a few bikes and learn the ropes before building a beautiful bike. This is what makes this bike even better. Not only was this his first professional build but he was able to do it in a month. Meet Brandon Wurtz. Brandon has been restoring high end automotive for about 6 years until he recently opened up his own shop Rawhide Cycles in Nampa, Idaho.
For his first build he decided to build a 1971 Honda CB750 that he called ‘Golden Goose’. Now from the looks of it the bike looks almost stock besides the new metal flake paint job and the exhaust. Brandon decided to go a different route then most people. He wanted to keep the old school super bike legacy and did not want to alter it too much. Instead he wanted to improve some of the aesthetics and reduce the overall weight of the bike.
Working with lots of hot rod muscle cars. Brandon wanted to emphasize on the main point. Minimalist and aggressive stance with show class detail and paint. I think that’s exactly what this cafe racer has. Starting to do work on the bike. Brandon took everything apart and decided to rebuild it. He probably could have gotten away with just cleaning up the motor since it was already has a relatively low mileage. The transition was also rebuild and the cylinders were honed out. New gaskets, cam chain, oil seals and more were added to give this bike all of its horse power.
With the motor all squared away Brandon rebuilt the whole wiring system and simplified it. Keeping the original color schematic of the electrical. To keep the bike running good a Charlies place electronic ignition was paired up with the Dyna coils. Keeping with the minimalist look the original seat was replaced with Brandon’s custom seat pan covered in gold stitching to compliment the paint.
The stock CB750 rims and hubs were powder coated black and re laced with Buchanan’s stainless steel spokes. A pair of Dunlope K81 tires were added to put all that power down to the ground. Up front the bike was lowered 1.5 inches with the help of ‘Forking by Frank’ stanchions. The rear was also lowered using 290mm Hagon Shocks.
Lots of parts received special care to get them looking right. Parts like carb bowls, engine covers, and rear break plate were bead blasted and finished off in matte and a protective clear coat. Speaking about the paint. Jack ‘Pacman’ Mccann did the incredible job of spraying it in Huffer Micro Gold flack under House of Kolor’s Gold Kandy. A pair of PPG pinstripes were also added to give the bike its legendary sport bike look.
Having the bike finished so quick. Brandon was able to go to the Boise Roadster Show in Idaho and take first place in the Antique Custom class. Great job Brandon. We are all very excited to see more cafe racers come out of your shop, good luck with your new shop.