Cobalto: A customized Honda CB750 from sunny Portugal


There was a time once we couldn’t open our inbox with out seeing one other customized Honda CB750. Honda’s revered four-cylinder UJM was one of many authentic darlings of the new-wave customized scene—and despite the fact that its reputation has waned considerably, it’s nonetheless adored by customizers the world over.

This tradition Honda CB750 is a testomony to the Seven-Fifty’s enduring enchantment. It comes from Maria Bikes in Portugal, and it’s dripping with the laid-back coastal type and vivid colours that the workshop is thought for. And in case you look nearer, you’ll spot an assortment of contemporary upgrades too.

Custom Honda CB750 by Maria Motorcycles
“This bike was commissioned by certainly one of our particular purchasers who we had beforehand constructed a 125 cc bike for,” says store boss Luis Correia. “He was a younger man who had simply began using bikes, and now, years later, he contacted us to construct him a motorbike with a bigger engine that was additionally extra daring and distinctive.”

Maria began with a particularly tidy 1993-model CB750 F2 donor. Due to its situation, and Honda’s legendary reliability, the engine wanted nothing greater than a fast once-over. The one important engine work occurred on the surface, the place Maria cleaned and polished the covers for a better-than-new end.

Custom Honda CB750 by Maria Motorcycles
The OEM airbox was ditched in favor of not 4, however two Ok&N filters. Every oval filter accommodates two carburetors, and every wears a chrome cap that completely enhances the freshened-up engine. The burly four-into-four exhaust system is totally bespoke, and the proper match for the CB750’s hunk of an engine.

Beneath the hood, Maria ripped out all the CB’s wiring and began over. A recent wiring loom now runs off Motogadget’s ubiquitous Mo.unit controller, which helps to maintain issues clear and easy.

Luis and his staff wished to convey the 30-year-old CB750’s dealing with into the trendy age, in order that they grafted on all the entrance finish from a Yamaha MT-09. The Yamaha’s upside-down forks, yokes, steering stem, brakes, and even its entrance fender, have been all tailored to the Honda. Maria trimmed the fender to offer it a extra traditional really feel and upgraded the brakes with a pair of Brembo discs.

A set of Öhlins piggyback shocks sit out again, arrange particularly for the bike’s proprietor. The 17” laced wheels are from Jonich in Italy and have polished alloy rims, with fashionable Metzeler Roadtec Z6 tires.

Shifting their focus to the bodywork, Maria ditched every part however the Honda’s authentic gas tank. “We determined that the unique form was good,” says Luis, “apart from the attachment ‘wings’ for the facet covers. We determined to take away them, leading to a tank with cleaner and less complicated traces.”

A CNC-machined gas cap was retrofitted too, and new facet covers have been formed from aluminum. Maria additionally fabricated a brand new battery field, license plate holder, and mounting factors for a customized seat.

The stubby café racer-style seat was requested by the consumer. Maria shortened the subframe to match it, then completed it off with a barely kicked-up rear loop. Beige suede would possibly seem to be an odd alternative for a motorbike seat, however there’s no denying how nicely it picks up the delicate gold highlights within the CB’s new livery.

The paint job even extends to the headlight; an up-cycled Harley-Davidson half. Behind it, the cockpit is dressed with new handlebars, and an assortment of Motogadget bits that embody the speedo, grips, and mirrors. The ignition has been relocated to the facet of the bike, and tiny Motogadget LED flip indicators sit sneakily at each ends.

Maria has nicknamed the bike ‘Cobalto’ (the Portuguese phrase for Cobalt) as a nod to its blue base coat. We’re not fairly positive if we’d name this a bobbed café racer or a beach-cruising road tracker. However one factor we do know is that it positive appears like it will be enjoyable to experience—particularly with the solar in your face and the salty scent of the Atlantic within the air.

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Custom Honda CB750 by Maria Motorcycles



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