Hello Pipeburn team –
I’m Rich Odlum, I head up a moto-collective called Interstellar Motors (www.interstellarmotors.com) out of Rochester, New York. On occasion, I’ve picked up a customer project to work on after I get out of my day job, I’m an industrial designer by trade.
This bike is one such project. It’s a 1980 Honda CB750F Supersport that came to me in a sad state, with brushed-on blue house paint and a non-operative charging system; but also some previous owner had obviously loved it since it had a few nice mods already.
One of the big asks on this project was to swap the comstar mags for spokes. I bought a ‘76 CB750F to use as a donor since axle diameters were the same and it was one of two years where the model came with a disc-brake rear wheel. The front wheel was modified to fit two new CB550 rotors and I turned up spacers to make the wheels and original calipers line up nicely. The rear wheel is now a little narrower, but I think that helps the vintage vibe.
I’m pleased with the colors on this bike. The frame is a greenish-grey powdercoat, the seat is a dark reddish-brown, and the tank is actually a two-tone powdercoat job with an enamel cream pinstripe. The lower half of the tank is dark grey, and the top half is transparent copper over brushed metal. Since this tank is now nearly 40 years old, it has a few dents here and there which show through in the transparent coating. I think it adds character.
Motogadget Chronoclassic gauge with custom bracket for choke and gauge button
Motogadget M-unit Blue
Motogadget M-switches x2
Motogadget M-blaze disc led turn signals
Motogadget M-view Flight mirror
LED Headlight in new oem-style bucket
LED strip rear tail light w/ integrated turn signals
Trimmed down OEM ‘ducktail’ front fender
Shaved top triple tree
Aluminum electronics box under seat
‘Pointed’ rear frame hoop
Swingarm-mounted license plate arm
In-house seat pan with foam and leather upholstery by Ginger at New Church Moto
Custom rear tank mount, to make it sit level
Removable passenger peg brackets (not shown)
Progressive front springs
Custom fork caps
Custom triple tree stem cap
Vortex RS205 adjustable rearsets for 03-06 CBR600RR with custom mounts
Tarozzi adjustable clip-ons
Domino Rally throttle
4-1 exhaust, unknown make, with Danmoto GP-style muffler
Steel Dragon Performance airbox
1976 Honda CB750F wheels refurbished and clad in Shinko 712’s
Honda CB550 front rotors; ‘76 Honda CB750F rear rotor
Custom wheel spacers; front caliper spacers
Honda SOHC CB750-style front brake master cylinder
Honda CBR600RR rear brake master cylinder and aluminum reservoir
Custom-made stainless steel brake lines
All powdercoating by Roc Coatings, Rochester NY
And of course, new gaskets, seals, maintenance parts, paint where applicable.