Lux Libertas: Gasoline & Retro Honda CB750 Cafe Racer


Automotive producers have been utilizing wooden of their automobiles for greater than a century. Within the twenties, complete automotive our bodies have been comprised of timber. Later wooden was used to adorn automotive exteriors and right now, timber is used solely for embellishing the interiors of primarily luxurious automobiles. In distinction, the usage of timber in motorbike design and manufacturing was very short-lived.

The primary motorbike ever made, Gottlieb Daimler’s ‘Reitwagen’, used a steel-reinforced timber body however after that, wooden and the motorcycling world all however parted methods. The one exception to the rule is when a {custom} builder decides to attempt their hand at carpentry. As you’d anticipate the result is usually lower than interesting, however once in a while, we see somebody pull it off with spectacular outcomes.

Gas and Retro Honda CB750 Libertas

Customized motorbike builder Žiga Petek is the proprietor and operator of the Slovenian workshop Gasoline and Retro. He gained his bike-building expertise working for an additional European {custom} workshop for 13 years. Then 4 years in the past, after rising bored with their restrictive strategy, he went out on his personal.

Žiga works nearly completely alone, finishing most tasks unassisted except for the paint. Due to his steadfast work ethic and inventive aptitude he’s rapidly constructed a reputation for himself within the native scene. This has additionally meant that Žiga’s prospects are completely satisfied to offer him inventive freedom with their beloved bikes, which is precisely how his timber tailed ‘Libertas’ Honda cafe racer got here to be.

“The Honda CB750 is a {custom} undertaking for my buyer, Martin Cvetko,” says Žiga. “He got here to me and requested if I’d construct a motorcycle for him utilizing his CB750. At first, I used to be a bit confused as a result of the bike had already been closely personalized. I felt maybe that it might be onerous to realize one thing new!”

Fortunate for Martin, Žiga is an concepts man. So as soon as the Honda was parked in Gasoline and Retro HQ, his inventive juices began to move.

Gas and Retro Honda CB750 Libertas

First issues first, Žiga gave himself a clean canvas to work on by stripping the CB750 completely down. Then whereas contemplating which styling course to take a full engine overhaul was undertaken. After opening up the inline-four it was handled to new valves, some head work and all new seals and bearings. The engine’s exterior then acquired an overhaul too. A brand new coat of black paint removes any signal of the bike’s earlier life and the inventory carbs have been fastidiously cleaned. To offer the bike a efficiency increase DNA filters change the airbox and the carbs have been jetted to swimsuit. As for the 4-into-2 exhaust system, it’s a mix of the inventory headers, which have been re-chromed, and modified Spark mufflers.

With the brand new bodywork, Žiga has managed to considerably tighten the Honda’s proportions. The transformation kicked issues off with the fitment of a smaller CB500 gas tank. Becoming the five hundred tank to the 750 body meant reducing out the tank’s inventory tunnel. As an alternative is a custom-made model that sits the tank degree on the body to arrange a traditional cafe racer bone line. Together with offering a slimmer profile the brand new tank exposes extra of the CB’s iconic inline-four which makes the entire bike seem extra muscular. Additional enhancing the muscular look is a set of chunky Shinko Traditional tyres.

Gas and Retro Honda CB750 Libertas

One more reason why this bike appears compact is because of Žiga’s therapy of the entrance and rear finish. Up entrance, he’s caught with bare styling. The rebuilt and polished forks put on a set of aggressive clip-on handlebars that are saved clear utilizing Motogadget switchgear and by working the entire wiring internally. Žiga’s additionally added custom-made alloy caps to the tops of the forks and triple clamp to disguise any litter. The plastic-covered Honda gauges have been changed with a single Daytona Velona Speedometer and the headlight is a traditional aftermarket unit that’s been nestled deep between the forks. Whereas rewiring the bike Žiga additionally added tiny Motogadget indicators and hooked the whole lot as much as a Motogadget M-unit controller.

As for the rear finish, that is the place issues get actually fascinating.

Gas and Retro Honda CB750 Libertas

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After shortening the inventory subframe Žiga has completed it utilizing a one-of-a-kind tail unit. Juxtaposing with the remainder of the bike’s traditional styling, the tail homes a Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 brake gentle meeting, however moderately than becoming the sunshine’s authentic plastic housing, the brand new model is made completely from oak.

“First I made the tail out of a single piece of steel then my good friend Blaz Sustarsic helped me 3D scan it,” says Žiga. Along with his take a look at piece digitised Žiga labored with Blaz to fine-tune its match and end. After they have been pleased with what they’d, it was minimize from a block of stable oak utilizing Blaz’s CNC mill. The completed tail is a 3-piece building with the wooden on high, 401 tail gentle within the center and an alloy plate beneath to seal the meeting and fasten it to the body.

Gas and Retro Honda CB750 Libertas

Including to the visible impression of the wood rear finish is Žiga’s alternative of color palette. The satin black scheme by Matej Mrzlikar is damaged up by refined touches of brushed aluminium however the oak tail is the actual eye sweet. Lastly, a riveted black leather-based seat by Mitja Bizjak provides a contact of old-school scorching rod model that’s completely suited to this brash construct.

In response to Žiga, he’s by no means been a fan of the Honda CB750. Nevertheless, because of how this undertaking turned out, his opinion has swayed, and it’s very straightforward to grasp why.


  Gas and Retro Honda CB750 Libertas



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