Clymer Manuals took a close look at this Past in Time built custom 1973 CB750 Cafe Racer on display at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally. The builder/owner Tony Stickwisch also brought out the blue and orange custom Goldwings, so it is fair to say he knows his Hondas.
Clymer Girl and the crew didn’t have to go far to attend the HoAME show and rally, as it was just up the road at the Kansas City Airline History Museum in the Downtown Airport. The show was packed with classic vintage and antique motorcycles including British, German, Japanese, Italian, and American makes, all on display. Manufacturers represented include Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley Davidson, Vincent, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Brough Superior, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Puch, Lambretta, MV Augusta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, AJS and more. There were 100% perfect restorations, well worn bikes daily riders, full-on customs, cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, dirt bikes, road racers – any type or style of motorcycle you could image. Also on display were vintage propeller driven passenger planes, including a Douglas DC-3, a Martin 404, and right outside the hangar was a 1958 Lockheed Super Constellation.
This 1972 SOHC 750 four based cafe racer took a fairly radical route to get the way it is today. Out back is a modern box section swingarm with rising rate linkage, and monoshock suspension, plus the dry sump oil tank (hidden in the seat hump). The rest of the bike has been cleaned up, and a classic Manx Norton shaped fuel tank is fitted. Even though the bike originally came from Japan, the British Racing Green and tan leather looks right at home on it now.
Clymer’s original 1969-78 Honda CB750 SOHC manual is still one of our best selling books, even 45 years later.