1972 Honda CB 750K “Darth Vader”

What do you get when you throw an architect and a mechanical engineer into a shop together with an iconic vintage Honda?  One badass piece of motorcycle mastery, dressed in black of course.

The gentlemen responsible for this Honda cafe racer are Jeff Shaw and Jordan Braun, the two man team that is KickMoto.  Although these aren’t your average bike builders, with extensive CAD skills and design training they are able to utilize the latest technologies to provide their clients with one of a kind bikes that exude the flavor of KickMoto.  Their latest creation is no exception.

This ’72 CB750K was wheeled into their shop by a client with only a few simple words describing his expectations….”make it clean, and black.”  From there they were able to use their creativity to develop their own interpretation of what exactly this bike would become.  The flat-tracker style was the driving inspiration behind the designs but they were able to pull details from various styles to create what you see here today.

They began by stripping the CB750 down to the essentials, working from what some would consider the best platform for a honda cafe racer.  The less appealing CB750 swing arm was ditched for an earlier CB550 version that paired well with custom tuned suspension front and rear providing an overall 1.5 inch increase in wheel base.  After this foundation was established, designs began to take shape as they opted for a newer CB tank that gave the bike a more modern look.  The mag wheels were dumped for some freshly laced originals that wear Avon Trail Rider tires that help tie into the flat-tracker theme.  The rear section of the frame was sculpted into a fender-less hoop with a scratch made seat that fits the frame like a glove.  Instead of fiddling with keys a “quick-latch” mechanism was installed on both the seat and the gas tank to make access a seamless effort.

Function took hold from here as a hand fabricated oil tank was tucked between a pair of custom made side panels that wear the trick KickMoto badging.  The rock solid SOHC 750cc engine was tuned up with electronic ignition, pod filters, and a Lossa Engineering cone muffler to give the beast its growl.

To finish the lines of the bike a drag style handle bar was installed to keep a low profile but still provide that aggressive flat tracker look they were aiming for.  Black powder coating followed suit, with fully blacked out frame, controls, triple trees, and fork tubes both Darth Vader and their client should be satisfied.  A clean paint job and a polished up motor tops of this drool worthy build.

Clean lines and simple touches make this bike stand out from the crowd of CB café racers.  KickMoto definitely has a knack for creating one of a kind artwork in the form of a motorcycle.  This bike earned the badging “005”, with such a young company I’m sure we are going to see more from these guys real soon.

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