It’s no secret that there is a trend in this country. The trades are dying and the ethos of ‘building it with your own two hands’ is becoming more and more of a rarity. In that atmosphere it is always a breath of fresh air to know someone like Randy Owens. Randy is the kind of guy that can build just about anything with his own two hands, whether it be a tiki-styled chicken coop in his backyard, a hand-molded concrete counter top, or his ‘74 Honda CB750.
Randy and I met through the Brolodex here on the ChopCult forum years ago when trying to get a group together to ride out to the 2nd Biltwell Parking Lot Party. That was when I first got to see his CB750 chop. To this day it is still one of my favorite bikes and keeps me thinking of doing a CB750 project. Looking over the bike the one thing you notice is all the little details hidden within the layers of oil and road grime. One of my favorite parts of the bike is the Iron Maiden-styled hand shifter. Randy takes a lot of pride in the bike and that it is a one-kick bike. Kick her and go! Knowing Randy over the years that is no surprise, he knows more about these bikes than anyone I have ever met before. So if you're down in San Diego, keep an eye out for Randy and his grimey Honda.
Owner name, location: Randy Owens, San Diego, Ca.
Chop Cult Member profile: Hellbilly1932
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1974 Honda CB750, stock other than a slightly hotter cam.
Frame: Stock 1976 Honda CB750, homemade hardtail
Fork: 1981 Honda GL1100 fitted with new springs from Progressive Chassis mods: 2”-3” stretched hardtail
Tire/wheel size and style: 21” front rim laced to a 70’s XS hub with stainless spokes, 16” rear laced to a stock Honda disc hub with stainless spokes.
Favorite thing about this bike: She’s a dirty bitch, just like I like ‘em. Just give her a kick and you're off.
Next modification will be: Full rewire/clean up the electric spaghetti
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Dual modern 4 piston calipers front and rear. The rear brakes use a front master modified to work with the vintage Triple A floor boards.
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: Built this bike over 3 weeks leading up to the ‘08 El Diablo Run. I slept on the floor of my buddy’s shop for the last few nights before the run finishing up the details. We ended up leaving one day late due to an electrical gremlin but once we got going the bike performed great, until a burned-out coil and I limped into camp on 2 cylinders. Got a dual-fire harley coil from a dude who's shovel had grenaded on the way down and tie-wired it to the down tube and I was back in the game to finish out the ride.
Thanks to my best friends Matthew and Pete for assisting with various machining and welding aspects of the build, and for helping bring my ideas to life. All my friends over at Hondachopper.com who helped with info and parts on this build and a few others. You’ll find no better source for info on these old SOHC CB750s than over there.
Your social media links- Instagram: @hellbilly1932
Article and photographs by Nick Faught / @nfaught_photography