Mad Max meets The Walking Dead
There is something really interesting about post-apocalyptic science fiction stories, both written and on TV. Trying to imagine how a distorted future would look like, has fueled many conversations. 40 years ago, it was Mad Max that started the rat bikes movement, and it appears that the HBO hit TV-show “The Walking Dead” carried over that torch. We have covered a few of these builds here on BikeBrewers, and we genuinely like the badass-ness that these bikes often ooze. The line between scramblers and these so-called “survival bikes” is starting to blur, and we’re now seeing even more interesting builds.
Louis James, a business owner from Dorset England, got inspired by The Walking Dead and really liked the shows’ anti-hero Daryl Dixon’s modified Honda CB750. In fact, he liked it so much that he knew his next build had to be based on a Honda CB750 as well. Other builds you ask? Well, Louis likes his winter projects, and has built motorcycles in a shed before. Building a survival bike based on a CB750 was going to be a new experience, since Louis had never worked on a Honda CB750 before.
Dr. Frankenstein’s monster
This build was going to be a Frankenstein bike from the get-go. First he sourced a 1992 CB750 frame from eBay. That marked the starting point of the project really. According to Louis, the bike was built with parts from about 2 dozen other bikes! Building a bike with parts that were made for different motorcycles brings the difficulty threshold to a whole new level. Literally everything had to be modified.
Nuts ‘n Bolts
One of the hardest challenges was fitting the massive engine by himself without a hoist or even a stand at the time. That must have looked medieval. The engine came from Japan off a 2004 model CB750 with only 12,000 miles. This engine has a hydraulic clutch, which is something of a novelty on a CB750! The other hard challenge was getting the electrics working. Again, using unfamiliar parts doesn’t help with this. The list of parts used is pretty extensive:
- Frame from a 1992 Honda CB750
- Yamaha R1 front end
- Cognimoto lower clamp
- Hel braided brake and clutch lines
- Custom stainless steel battery box
- Unbranded custom modified fuel tank
- Continental Twinduro TKC-80 tires
- Pro taper Contour fat bars
- LED jeep wrangler headlight
- Square quad led spotlights with yellow lenses
- Mini LED indicators and tail and brake lights.
- Removable folding shovel as a rear fender!
- Glock holster for shoot of zombies
- Shotgun bandolier belt fitted to the tank
- Cafe Racer style seat
- Perforated stainless steel headboard
- Perforated stainless steel tank guards
- Shotgun cartridge handlebar ends covers
- Carburettors from a Honda CBX 750
- 4x pod Air filters
- Cotton gauze crankcase breather filters
- CNC billet clutch and brake levers + reservoirs
- Mini mirror
- Subframe engine crash protectors
- Modified original exhaust
- Kevlar exhaust wrap
- Light indicator instrument cluster from an old model Honda.
The results speak for themselves. This Honda was meant to look very tough and rough, and it does. It looks exactly how we imagined a bike built during an apocalypse would look like. With the chunky Conti’s TKC-80 and modified exhaust, this CB750 will take you anywhere whilst scaring away any uninvited visitors.