A little over a year ago the red Sandcast Honda CB750, that Vic over at world motorcycles restored for us, arrived. Well, we sort of got a taste for them and asked Vic to restore another sandcast CB750 for us, this time a blue one, and to make one with as low a number as possible. Since then Vic has been hard at work restoring bike number 742(!) for us and yesterday he sent us this video of the first start. There’s still some work to be done, and a voyage across an ocean, but it’s starting to come together and it is running fine!
It is time for the next walkthrough on the AS3 Europa! This time we’re covering the assembly of the footrest, the rear fender and the rear wheel. Click here to go to the update.
Now on to something more exciting. As some of you might know from an earlier update, I am in the US at the moment (hence the updates at strange times). What you definitely don’t know is that we’re planning on getting a new Honda CB750 to our collection. We have a K2 from 1974 (in Europe they kept the K2 moniker longer than in the US) but we thought we would round it out with the original 1969 sandcast version.
The ones of you who are into CB750’s know that there is only one person to talk to when you want a sandcast 1969 CB750: Vic World. At the moment he is hard at work restoring a red sandcast for us. I took the chance stop by and talk to Vic in San Francisco on how he goes about a restoration.
The choices both we and Vic face are quite different from what you would face when you’re working on a single restoration. We have the advantage of performing several restorations which means we can prepare a lot of parts in advance and work more using modules. When you’re performing a single restoration you’ll need to prepare the parts specifically for that bike which takes more time and money.
Vic has built up a lot of NOS parts specifically for the sandcast versions, you can see the shelves full of parts in the pictures below. So far our CB750 is still in modules, strategically placed around the workshop, but you can get a sneak peek of the rebuilt carburetors that will eventually go on our CB750.
I got a lot of good advice from Vic and I’m struggling to put it into text here, just know that when you come to us with questions about restoring a motorcycle, I know more now than I did before!
Hidden in the background is the race version of the CB750 Vic built a while back. It is one of only a handfull in existence. Rebuilt from the ground up with original CB750 racer parts and skillfully created titanium parts made by Vic himself. He later competed with the bike at Daytona in 2000 and 2002 at classic motorcycle races. Click here to go to his website and read more about both sandcast CB750’s and his racer!