Father Fury's Time Machine


Hi-Bond Modified founder Rico Fodrey is a Harley mechanic and bike builder of global repute. A respected crowd favorite among lovers of old American motorcycles on three continents, Rico has been elbows deep in old knuckles for over half his life. Given his H-D pedigree, why does the man cyber jockeys call Father Fury cruise the countryside on a janky CB750 chop? His answers will surprise you.


"I paid eleven-hundred dollars for this thing. When I first saw it I considering picking it up for my friends Kutty and Bones, but when I rode it I said, 'Fuck them' and kept it for myself!

"The dude who sold it to me rode across the border from mainland Mexico. He didn't want to sign it over because he thought the US government had satelites that could shoot his signature from outer space and report him to Immigration. Crazy.

"All I've done is add oil and gas. I've got Harleys, but this thing's the most comfortable bike I own. Nobody notices, but it's got shocks behind the saddle bags. A swingarm chopper with a girder front end, and no one can ID the thing.

"I've put over 10,000 miles on the clicker. Two cross-country road trips, one trip to Sturgis, another to the Carolinas, San Francisco twice. Seven or eight electrical breakdowns have slowed her down, but nothing can kill it. One time it broke down in Orange County on a ride with Duane Ballard. I hopped on the back of Duane's white bike and we took Ortega Highway over the mountains back to Elsinore. That fucker was getting loose hauling our fat asses, and at one point Duane turned wide and we bounced off the guard rail. I'm not afraid of dying on a motorcycle, but I don't want to be riding bitch if it happens.

"Check at the ghetto engineering on the tank tabs. Two bolts and two flat metal plates are the only things holding it down. I cleaned up the back mount a little, but said 'fuck it' on the other one. It hasn't fallen off yet, and I ride the shit outta this thing.

"Nothing on this thing is straight. The bar clamps are crooked, the top tree is drilled wrong, the handlebars are bent, it's a mess. Point it down the road and it rides great. Go figure."

A great-riding, low-maintenance motorcycle for around a grand. If you can't see the attraction in that, you're into motorcycles for all the wrong reasons. Thanks for the lesson in practicality, Father Fury.

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Commented on 4-19-2010 At 07:12 am

Hondas are the shit. If people can't understand or appreciate the monster that is the 750 motor they're idiots.

Commented on 4-19-2010 At 07:57 am

there aint nothin wrong with a jap chop! chop on sir!

Commented on 4-19-2010 At 08:26 am

I agree. Ugly as hell.

Commented on 4-19-2010 At 09:19 am

Great to hear this from a Harley guy, afterall. These things are 30+ years old. Nobody's ditching fine American metal to "support" the Japanese. All of that malarky should cease. Hell, most of these bikes are fitted nowadays with a shit-load of American MADE parts. "American built Metrics," man. Stop all the hatin'.

Commented on 4-19-2010 At 09:20 am

Oh, and great article. Ride the fuck out of that thing. ;-)

Commented on 4-19-2010 At 09:20 am

Bike is a bike is a bike. They're all good to me.

Commented on 4-19-2010 At 09:48 am

750's are the next big thing, maybe already are. Like Yammy twins.
I've always liked em. But this bike is funky lookin', and if it rides great, so fucking what, right?

Commented on 4-19-2010 At 10:54 am

Does anyone recognize that girder??? I have an idenical one that i can't find any info on...

Commented on 4-19-2010 At 11:02 am

I like the "Afro Pick" Power to the people!

Commented on 4-19-2010 At 11:17 am

For a grand, how could you not be happy?Way cooler than the bikes I've seen sell for that much.

Commented on 4-19-2010 At 03:25 pm

Nice bike, nothing wrong with Jap bikes at all...I'm working on an 81 dohc 750...but I'd never admit to riding bitch! LOL

Commented on 4-19-2010 At 08:40 pm

Kind of like riding a fat chick, yea you can bust a nut but you don,t want your friends to see you on her.

Commented on 4-19-2010 At 08:46 pm

The ride was a blast. So were the retarded looks we got when we blew by Hells Kitchen. Bouncing off the guardrail with my 250 pound girlfriend on the back was even better.

Commented on 4-20-2010 At 06:33 am

never had the urge to post comments but just have say this dudes the real deal ruler

Commented on 4-20-2010 At 09:08 am

Words to live by: "I'm not afraid of dying on a motorcycle, but I don't want to be riding bitch if it happens."
Great article! Laughed my ass off... ;-)

Commented on 4-20-2010 At 04:34 pm

I'm just hating, I'd like to get may hands on an early 70s 750. Cafe style for me tho

Commented on 4-20-2010 At 05:18 pm

I would love to have seen the guardrail boogie!! I'm a proud "big" guy and can't imagine you two on that 750. Good stuff...wish I could find a sweet deal like this!!

Commented on 4-20-2010 At 10:57 pm

Afro pick in the back and Mr.Twinkie on front. These are forces that might be contributing to the electrical issues.

Commented on 4-21-2010 At 11:24 am

does janky mean cool?

Commented on 4-22-2010 At 02:02 pm

I got a '78 750 four almost uglier than that,all it cost was a few vinyl records,haha

Commented on 4-24-2010 At 09:19 am

totally effin bad ass

Commented on 4-24-2010 At 12:21 pm


Commented on 7-14-2016 At 02:13 pm

Thanks for bringing this one back! Missed it the first round. Bike has a lot of class.

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