Dime City's Iron & Air CB750
By Anthony van Someren - 07 Dec 12
It's not every day that someone gives away a whole motorcycle for free - or at least not around our way - so it was a bit of a big deal when Iron & Air magazine teamed up with Dime City Cycles to build the kinda custom that garage dreams are made of, and then announced that they would draw names at the 8th Annual Barber Vintage Festival to choose a lucky new owner. ...Someone pinch me. The donor is the custom cafe builder's favourite, a 1978 Honda CB750. There are loads of CeeBee cafes using up valuable internet bandwidth on the cafe clique websites and blogs that we all know and love, but this one is rather special. DCC are known for the quality of their work and if you haven't already seen them in mags, blogs and on Cafe Racer TV then we assume you're new to the scene and have some catching up to do. Being a competition prize and an event centre piece, it was obviously gonna be a showcase build, but our expectations have been completely fulfilled with a really lovely cafe racer with timeless looks, using plenty of polished parts and a classic paint scheme. The bike's 1978 736cc mill runs Dyna electronic ignition, mixing air and fuel through Keihin CR Racing carbs, while burnt gases exit thru a custom DCC/Cone Engineering performance tuned 4 into 1 with a classic reverse cone tip. The frame has been chopped and looped at the back, and powdercoated black by Pro-Fab customs to accommodate a Manx tank and Thruxton seat from Legendary Motorcycles, painted by Moe Colours. DCC built the rear-set pegs and foot controls, and the Ace style "Speed" bars, for a very traditional British cafe racer look, although the side-mounted plate holder and rear lamp hint at it being built over the other side of the Atlantic. Single disc up from and cable-driven brakes at the back suggest modest but sufficient stopping power, while progressive springs front & rear a going to give a sophisticated ride, good at speed on new smooth tarmac but also comfortable on gnarly backstreets, while the 7-way adjustable steering damper means it'll remain planted and deathweave-free at speed thru more bumpy bends. A pair of mini two and a half inch clocks are a nice touch for people who care as much about revs as speed, siting above a DCC British Headlight bucket. The original Honda CB wheels were rebuilt with stainless spokes, which is gonna make the bike a lot easier to keep clean, and these have been laced between the hubs and wheels using red nipples, which just looks plain cool alongside the red and black retro paintjob. Using quality components plays a big part in building custom cafe racers that will do the business, but what separates the top-tier of bikes and builds from the rest is the way the whole package comes together to create a well balanced and complete looking machine that is more than the sum of it's parts. DCC know exactly how to do this, building bikes that go as good as they look, turning heads whether they're tearing past in a blur of speed or being admired close up outside your favourite cafe or bar. The winner of this stunning machine, Steve Matiasz of Brooklyn, is one lucky fella. Huge kudos to Iron & Air mag and Dime City Cycles for this amazing giveaway. Let's hope this becomes a regular thing... Thanks to Erick Runyon at at Choppershotz for the photos.