1971 Honda CB750 Rawhide Full
Brandon Wurtz spent six years working on high-end automotive restoration. Since then, he’s turned his attention to motorcycles, opening Rawhide Cycles, and creating this 1971 Honda CB750 as his first build. He calls it the Golden Goose.
Wurtz chose to enhance the existing bike’s performance rather than completely re-do the design. He did this by trimming it down in size, which lowered the curb weight. He spent a month on the overhaul, rebuilding the engine even though it didn’t sport many miles.
1971 Honda CB750 Rawhide
According to BikeExif, this meant overhauling the transmission, honing the cylinders, machining the valves and seats, and planing the head and block perfectly flat. He also added a new chain, rings, and fasteners. He even designed a simplified wiring harness based on Honda’s original schematic. The simpler and cleaner, the better.
The original rims and hubs are there with a black powder coat and a set of 1.5-inch lower stanchions and 290mm Hagon shocks lowered the bike and kept it level. Wurtz also replaced the original seat with a gold Rawhide Cycles seat pan and a diamond-stitched black leather seat. This showpiece took first place in the Antique Custom class at the Boise Roadster Show in Idaho, and it sure is one heck of a first outing into custom motorcycle builds.
1971 Honda CB750 Rawhide Engine