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THE LONG HAUL: Honda CB750 by Cody Fagan






Written by Martin Hodgson
Few, if any of the greatest automotive masterpieces to have been built in the last hundred years went through the ‘design by committee’ process. The entire exercise to take an idea from individual’s imagination to complete working vehicle is exhausting, but when led by a single visionary the result is often incredible. For Cody Fagan of Buffalo New York the process began three years ago and the more other areas of his life proved difficult, the more determined he was to build his perfect Honda 750. Thousands of custom CB’s have been built, but this is one of the most complete and comprehensive we’ve seen to date.

Cody picked up the 1979 Honda for a good price some three years ago, an especially good deal given the truckload of spare and performance parts that were included, some still new in their box. ?The previous owner had planned on building a drag bike out of it but then went a different direction with a Suzuki. He even threw in basically everything Honda DOHC that he had which were a complete second 750 engine, another 750 case and a set of 900 cylinders and head that he had planned to use on his build,? Cody explains.

The first two years of the build were spent disassembling, cleaning and collecting parts, and doing research into the very best ways to build up the Honda as he desired. With plans to Frankenstein the motor into a killer 750/900 combination, invaluable advice came from Brent of Vince and Hyde Racing in New Zealand and Jim Sawtell of Jes Built in Oregon. The engine begins with the 750 crank, with grooves in the main journals for 360° oiling and larger sleeves that are taken out a further 5.5mm. The pistons are from Wiseco and result in a total capacity of 887cc at 10.25:1 compression.
The cylinder head is the 900 model that Cody ported himself and the bigger valves are now stainless with titanium retainers. Overcoming the chain tensioner issues is a bunch of parts from Vince & Hyde, who also sent out a pair of their adjustable cam gears. With more genius added to the oiling system thanks to the addition of a cooler, a 900 pan with AN8 fittings and stainless lines. The gearbox is built up with undercut gears, heavy-duty Barnett clutch and springs and Brent’s shift star for positive clicks through every gear.

The stock carbs would never keep up with such an incredible engine so the switch was made to the infinitely tuneable bank of Mikuni RS34s. While the Hindle 4-2-1 exhaust system was a very deliberate choice, gaining torque in the midrange to make the high RPM engine more street-friendly. Those revs build even more rapidly with a lightweight open charging system from Cycle X, which is backed up by a comprehensive electrical system of an antigravity battery, motogadget M-unit, dynatek electronic ignition and the solid state regulator rectifier.

As you exhale you realise that’s just the engine, and Cody sure means business! Just like with th...
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