When Brent Becker planned a 45-day sabbatical from his high-stress CEO position, he had no clue it would end up stretching out to six months. And he had even less of an idea that he’d spend that time building a custom motorcycle: a Honda CB750 cafe racer.
Brent originally purchased his already partially modified 1973 CB750K from Flying Tiger Motorcycles in Maplewood, Missouri. His career prevented him from spending the time necessary to keep a vintage bike running smoothly, so he became a regular Flying Tiger customer.
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When Brent left his job, the idea was to take some time to decompress. So he approached Flying Tiger’s owners Eric and Teresa with an idea straight out of the left field: “I wanted to see if I could come to the shop,” he says, “and help them out with whatever they needed—sweeping floors, inventory, cleaning bikes… just a chance to be around the shop to learn some practical things about motorcycles.”
“I don’t think they knew what to do with me, but as eric pointed out, at least they knew I wasn’t an ‘asshole’ and we planned for me to come the following Tuesday after my last day with my company. began my journey and time as an ‘intern.'”
Brent gradually went from assisting the Flying Tiger mechanics, to taking on small tasks like cleaning carbs or changing tires. As the end of his internship approached, Brent had another idea. “I discussed with Eric the opportunity to work on my bike,” he says.
“We knew that with the time he had, the shop’s resources, and their guidance, doing a complete restoration and modification would be an opportunity he would never get again. thus, with the support of my family, my planned six-week break was adjusted to six months.”
Brent soon went from basic tasks to learning how to cut, grind, weld and work a lathe. It was a steep learning curve, and he was at the shop six days a week, from 9 am to 6 pm each day. “An often-recurring theme while working on the build,” he tells us, “was I would show Eric something I did, and he almost always said: ‘that is a good start ..!’”
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Brent’s commitment shows. His cb750 is not only one of the cleanest on the market, but also has some neat upgrades.
The work started inside, with an 836 cc big bore kit, a Web Racing cam, and a full porting and tuning job. The motor breathes out via a set of Keihin CR31 race carbs with velocity stacks. It’s been done up in a mix of black and polished finishes, and capped off with a four-into-two exhaust system.
There’s also a mod we don’t see much of: a sump-thing wet sump conversion, designed to ditch the auxiliary oil tank and hoses. Brent installed it so he could completely clean out the triangle under the seat.
Up top is a custom subframe, seat and tail hump. Everything’s been rewired around Motogadget components, with the wiring running through the frame itself. The tail light and rear turn signals are a series of LEDs, individually sunken into the frame rail.
There’s a cb400 super sport fuel tank up front, with the battery, coils and key electronics tucked underneath.
Brent upgraded the CB’s running gear too. The forks and twin front brakes are from a Suzuki GSX-R, installed using a conversion kit from Cognito Moto, which includes new triple trees and a front hub. A pair of Öhlins shocks does duty at the back.
19f/18r black wheels with stainless steel spokes. The rear brake drum setup is stock but Brent did some restoration work with contrasting finishes and red mesh accents. Road-oriented Avon tires complete the package.
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Up top are a set of clip-ons, a Motogadget speedo, grips, switches and bar-end turn signals, and upgraded levers. The headlight arrangement features three projectors, parked inside a custom-made nacelle.
brent’s last hurdle was finding a livery for the cb. “Throughout the process I was constantly researching, reading and studying cafeteria builds and designs,” Brent tells us. “I was looking both within the motorcycle industry and outside of graphic design and art for inspiration.”
“I kept coming back to several Bauhaus inspired pieces. As I did more research on the Bauhaus movement, I found why it was so intriguing to me: Bauhaus bridges the gap between art and industry; design and functionality.”
Brent also wanted to incorporate his three daughters into the build, so he designed a logo for their new nickname: Three Daughters Bike. Fittingly, the graphics also include Japanese characters for “life attack”.
Slipstream Creations laid down the black and silver paint, accented with gold and red touches. Rich Phillips Leather handled the seat upholstery, including a neat integration of the new Three Daughter Moto logo.
Brent eventually got another job after the project, but life looks different now. “Although I’ve had to focus a lot of time on the new company,” he explains, “I’ve prioritized things in my life differently in a way that I wouldn’t have had the conscience to, without my internship and knowing the gang. into a flying tiger.”
He still spends every Saturday helping out in the shop, and is already in the middle of his next build.
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