1977 Honda CB750

This build, which later became known as "Zero" and the "Frankenhonda," had one of the worst beginning conditions of any of the Thistle builds.

What began as a 1976 CB750 engine nestled in a 1977 CB750 frame, grew into a monster of mixed parts, refitted suspension, and a fusion of everything early Honda big bikes.

The engine was seized, sludged beyond belief and was missing the carbs, ignition, and other various parts.

Loosely styled after the Mistubishi A6M "Zero" fighter, it was simplified, updated and made much nimbler.

Eventually, it became a fusion of seven different Honda bikes from five different model years. The front end from a 1978 GL1000 improved the braking and handling, and Comstar wheels from 1979 CB750F and K kept everything rolling. A long list of other fitted parts finished the bike out, which was more test-fitting and re-fitting than we've ever done.

Designed with its owner in mind, the lower handlebars, two-up leather seat, and easy-maintenance electronics and gauge package all came together in a bike ready to attack suburban fun-runs and daily commutes.



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