1980 Honda CB 750 – Ace Custom Shop

Café racer culture is a growing around the world.  Old motorcycles are being given new life and exciting designs along with modern parts and go fast goodies that some would say rival the modern machines.

This latest version in this growing genre comes out of Bucaramanga, Colombia where Ace Custom Shop’s three man team designed and built this beauty in house.  The Sotomonte brothers, Diego and Juan, are the driving force behind this build along with their ace mechanic Andres Cabralas.  Together they breathed new life into an otherwise common Honda.

Starting off with a 1980 Honda CB 750, they designed around the intended use of their customer, commuter.  But not just any commute, this commute takes you through some of the most beautiful mountain roads in the world, as well as some of the most treacherous.  To handle such a dangerous climate, the bike had to capable of handling anything you threw at it.

Their designs led them to using later model suspension off of a Honda CBR1000rr.  This provided a stiffer front fork with massive dual front brakes.  The rear was paid special attention with a mono-shock conversion again using the CBR unit with a much improved swing-arm design that is guaranteed to stiffen up the response from the rear end.

The engine was completely gone through putting it back to its former glory.  Dynatek ignition was installed to improve reliability and provide a hotter spark as well as a set of 4-into-1 exhaust to help this Honda breathe easier.  To get the power to the pavement they utilized a set of 17’’ spoke wheels front and rear, with a massive 180 rear tire.

To make this bike look the part everything had to stay clean and tight.  Motogadget supplied a set of bar end indicators to keep the functionality there for commuting but eliminate the excessive clutter of typical turn signals.  Clip on handlebars also help to keep this machine looking clean but also serve well in providing the aggressive riding position needed to really enjoy the curves.  To top it off a custom black leather seat with an embossed Ace logo provides a comfortable point of view for the mountainous commutes.

Afterwards you end up with a capable machine willing to tackle anything you can throw at it.  Diego says “it handles our roads really well” and “it’s very stable in the turns.”  Late model suspension, vintage air-cooled Honda motor, along with some café styling provides a unique platform that most people would love to ride to work.  The perfect bike for anyone who wants to commute on a vintage Honda:  the best of both worlds.

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