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Honda CB750F Cafe Racer by Venice Choppers

You name it, Chris Tragert has built it! Since the first bike a Honda S90 in 1972, Chris has built a steady stream of race bikes, cafe racers, choppers and customs.

In 1990 Chris created Venice Choppers and has built a number of custom built picture bikes for the use in television commercials. You may have already seen one of Chris’s creations in a commercial for Kodak, Coca Cola, Crown Books or Coors Light. Venice Choppers don’t only service corporate clients, Chris can perform period correct restorations of original 70’s survivors or a ground up custom build.

Honda CB750F Cafe Racer by Venice ChoppersA “proper” cafe racer is fine for nipping down to the pub for a pint, but the streets of L.A. are no tea party. So, when the call went out to build a Venice Cafe Racer, something a bit more revolutionary was in order. My vision was of a low, lean, street racer, with classic styling cues. Says Chris

The starting point for this build was a 1978 Honda CB750F, chosen for it’s potent black lump. The Comstar wheels, and bodywork, however, stood in the way of the desired “rocker” look, so a little reverse engineering was in order.

To begin with the build bike was Stripped bare, and shaved, the frame is fitted with forks, swingarm, Honda CB750F Venice Cafe Racer seatwheels, and pegs from a 69 CB750.  The rear subframe was also modified to hold the battery and electrical components, and they are concealed beneath a custom fitted tailpiece. The knee cut-outs on the 69 tank flows into the tuck and roll seat, which creates a narrow cockpit.

The front fork was chopped down to bring the lowered stance, Venice Café Racer features 11-inch shock and a 135/15 radial in the rear.

The engines racer intentions are broadcast through a repro Yoshimura pipe, fueled by round-top carbs with machined stacks, and ignited by a Russ Collins bevel drive spinning a Vertex magneto.

Rounding out the package are a high capacity oil tank, and headlight bucket with integrated Speedo.

“An ocean away from a “motorway”, the Venice Cafe Racer gives a not to tradition, while maintaining a singular sense of style.” Says Chris

Married to the Chief Editor and the only lady at Moto Rivista. When she’s not running around after the kids she is the bounty hunter at Moto Rivista, searching the world for the most talented and interesting custom motorcycle builders!

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