The value of a vintage bike is usually calculated by how common that bike is in that particular country. It’s the basic laws of supply and demand. For instance, in America there’s still quite a lot of Honda CB750’s for sale – so they still offer pretty good value for money. However in a country like Greece, these Honda CB’s are extremely rare. So when Aris Pavlidis from Adrenaline Junkies in Greece found one laying in the back yard of a carpenters workshop, he couldn’t believe his luck. “It was in very bad shape but due to the rarity of this bike in Greece, I immediately went nuts about it, my mind started to make crazy plans for it” says Aris. So the next day, after a bit of haggling he bought it for $600 usd and got busy on his new found project.
Firstly Aris completely stripped the bike down, throwing almost everything away and sand blasting the frame. While looking for parts in his workshop he came across an old GB250 Honda fuel tank that he loved and knew it would be perfect for his new build.The cafe racer seat was made by BCR and Aris made some changes in the back end and added the rear L.E.D. stop light.
“We kept the original Honda CB750 K7 wheel hubs and we sand cast them after that” says Aris. “We sent them for black powder coating and ordered from Netherlands a hand made 4.25 x 17 / 40 holes on the back rim and 3×17 / 40 hole on the front rim, powder coated them and added custom made Inox spokes and red Rimlocks nuts – which blend nice with the final colour of the bike.”
“We used front forks from a ΖXR750 with specially made cnc parts. We had to custom make some special parts for the disk brake’s to be fit it on the CB750 K7 standard wheel hubs. We started to fully restore all the engine block and we hand made the oil tank. Lastly, we used Dayna electrics with hand made silicone wiring.”
After almost two years of hard work Aris has finally completed this labour of love. It has the beautiful lines of a classic cafe racer with all the extra modern goodies for a smoother ride. It may have taken him 24 months but Aris couldn’t be happier. “We restore these old bikes out of love and respect” he says. We can tell.