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Mr. CB 750:

Vic World is the planet’s restorer of sand-cast Honda

Here’s what makes him and his bikes tick.

It was one of those epiphanies, the type that the thinker’s universe for years. thinker was Vic World. The subject

Honda’s first-generation CB750 one of the world’s most important

“In the early ’70s,” says, “like thousands of I developed a wicked attraction to CB750. It just blew my power, look and presence. time I realized the first-generation would eventually be valuable—you the very first version of was obviously already a revolutionary S

World recognized later a certain strain of the first-generation would become even collectible—the bikes with engine cases (and and heads), of which there fewer and fewer as time by.

Honda was having dealers the original sand-cast cases for ones, World says. hard to imagine now, but wasn’t certain the CB750 be successful and didn’t invest in …-cast tooling until saw the bike explode in popularity. built exactly 7414 with sand-cast cases, and all the crankcase replacing going on and many other early being raced, hot-rodded, or just ridden into the World knew sand-cast were going to be really

So in the mid-’80s, World began used sand-cast ’69s, a mentality setting in. I started for bikes, World continues, and so showed up on my doorstep—people called all over the U.S.—I figured I was something. To most folks, were just old CB750s, special and moderately collectible, but exceptional—at least not yet.

The sand-cast was only known to a group of enthusiasts, and the rabid resurgence we see today was years

Soon, however, World that if he was going to keep his purring along smoothly, need parts—and plenty of Some of the bikes I bought pretty rough, World so I began sourcing parts local dealers, especially Hills Honda in Cincinnati, I lived at the time.

And with the final piece of the puzzle—the pièce de résistance—clicked into like a K-zero upshift.

time, World says, I many other baby-boomer would probably jump at the to own a perfectly restored first-generation CB750. So I decided then and to follow through on the restoration percolating in my head. And not just any restoration, but the perfect CB750 building a bike as close as possible to a ’69-spec CB750 find in your local back in the day.

Easier than done, for sure.

is a Honda guy through and through, who began his Big Red Ride aboard a Scrambler, which he says he lived on in San Francisco in the early If I wasn’t riding it, he says, I was with it.

One weekend my buddy Kim told me he was going out of town and I was welcome to ride his brand-new Well, it was amazing—like sitting on a It felt huge, substantial—and away from stoplights was a rush! The thing never to run out of power.

The hook was set.

passed. World moved to to expand World Plastics, the he founded that manufactures—and makes—chemiluminescent lightsticks, commonly for parties, deep-sea fishing and so on. One day he saw beautiful Candy Blue CB750 that roared by as he was at a light. I realized then and I had to have one, World

I’d been away bikes—and that bike in too long, and I needed that

The rest, as they say, is

From his modest and very home in the hills overlooking Valley (there’s a vintage turntable in the living room by vinyl, if that tells you World talks about the years of sand-cast bike and collecting. I looked everywhere, he I advertised in Walneck’s Cycle and other vintage publications, dealers, drove all over the U.S. and pretty much every source I could for bikes and parts.

I even letters to all 1300 Honda asking to buy any NOS [new old stock] CB750 parts they have. I got responses from some of which I actually Some even let me poke their parts departments!

In to parts, World bought CB750 carcasses—clean, wrecked or in whatever he could get his hands on. to his master plan all would be as long as the frame and engine were intact and the frame was I knew that with all the I was acquiring new and used I’d be able to rebuild them, the wrecks, so I bought as many as I

It was daunting, chasing down all the and production details, he says, but a fun

In the early ’90s two events the sand-cast CB750 landscape One was the … of Soichiro Honda, maintained that Honda offer replacement parts for its line—new and old—for as long as needed them. (This in Japan for the launch of the first-generation 600 and Hurricanes in late 1986, was the same story by an RD chieftain. offer [parts] forever, he emphatically.) But with Mr.

Honda’s passing, the energy of commitment died with and within a few years many Honda parts were no available, several first-generation parts among them.

The change was inevitable—a realization by the motorcycling community that CB750s weren’t just special but hugely valuable. No were World and his fellow comrades exclusive to the sand-cast Vintage and mainstream magazines writing about the bike, a spectrum of enthusiasts and collectors to understand the significance at play, and demand rising, prices for and parts rose similarly.

a few years the easy pickings over. Things got expensive and in a hurry, World says.

World was exceptionally well his years of foresight and effort on the and bike-buying front about to pay as he ventured into actual work. A bit of luck and a dollop of savvy helped him here. A told me about an unrestored with only 428 original he says.

I didn’t believe the was actual, so when I drove to California to see it in the flesh I checked telltale parts, specifically the velocity stacks in the airbox. On a with substantial mileage the are hardened from fuel But the ones on this bike soft and pliable.

The general of the bike under a layer of also told World stumbled onto a very motorcycle, and he bought it on the spot. functioned over the years not as a rider or museum piece, but as a referencetool, a mechanical blueprint helped World absolutely the restoration process so the bikes he are exactly like the ones rolled off Honda’s Hamamatsu back in early 1969. likely the lowest-mileage original around, World says a grin, unless of course has a sand-cast bike in a crate is entirely possible.

Honda CB 1300
Honda CB 1300

The level of detail World into his restorations is the primary his bikes are considered the pinnacle of Doubting Thomases should that Honda’s own Collection museum in Japan has a Vic World as its featured display. American owns an example, as does the Motorsports Museum in Birmingham,

The list goes on and on.

So what’s bottom-line MO?

What I’m to re-create, he says, as much as I is the experience a customer had back in the of ’69, when they into a dealership, laid their money, signed the and rode away on a brand-new 750 The bikes I build are as close as you can get to the offered for sale in Honda back then. To amplify the World includes two brand-new an original owner’s manual, an service manual and a 4-ounce can of Honda touch-up paint as of the package.

The restoration process has developed and refined is staggering in literally the result of years of development, and trial and error. several multiples more than the simplistic rebuild, and polish scenario most knowledgeable ones—imagine. A lot of bikes are World says, which that though it might the correct parts, color etc. it’s not an accurate of bikes actually available in the day.

The chrome on these of bikes is often too good—too and done on too-smooth surfaces.

The on first-generation CB750s wasn’t good, World says. It was on a budget, so it’s thin in many cases, laid on that were rough-sanded or with directional scoring, of which is visible through the On an overrestored bike you often see the scoring as you can on a real stocker.

Some folks like But if you’re looking for a truly representation of what Honda back in the day, as my customers all do, gotta be production-spec. And production-spec is what we do, from chrome to polished or anodized parts, bits, everything.

This, of is where World’s 428-mile CB750 returns some of the it took to acquire. I’ve since committed every one of bike’s aesthetic and mechanical to memory, World says, at his candy red K-zero, which has returned from a photo with a particular Kawasaki H1 But it certainly provided the original for what I do.

If you’re looking for a of the extraordinary amount of time, parts and expertise it takes to an entire motorcycle at this consider one part—the bike’s cylinder, for instance. Right World says, holding a cylinder, Bob Seger’s epic Me Away filling the room, is of work. Most of the used I get are wasted—corroded, worn out—and are hard to make new again. even thrown some they were so bad.

World tears the piece to individual parts, then the anodizing (not paint, brake fluid ruins Then he resleeves and hones the bore, repolishes the exterior as Honda did it back in the day (not in other words), sends it out for (took months to find the guy), and then reassembles the from brand-new NOS parts—circlips, springs, washers, boots and so

On top of all this come completely engines, stripped and repainted freshly built wheels, painted body parts (in paint that exactly the stuff Honda used), NOS actual CB750-spec Dunlop World imports and keeps in a temperature-controlled place—the list on and on, every part refinished as it was back in the day. The finished is simply amazing to look at.

It’s like you’re in a quaint little Honda in 1969, the Stones’ Honky Woman playing over the radio in the corner, goosebumps on your arms as you consider the of actually riding this home. Suddenly the price of a Odyssey minivan seems a bargain for a bike this this historical, this cool.

World’s not letting on how sand-cast bikes he’ll be to build from his parts Let’s just say a handful, he us as he repacks his mammoth Snap-on chest from the day’s a four-pack of Boddingtons ale waiting in the

Having the Honda Collection and American Honda purchase my is all very flattering, World but what really turns my is the motorcycle Soichiro Honda Just an amazing piece of artwork.

If you’re interested in Vic World is up to, click on don’t leave your nearby—you may have your own and be tempted to grab it and scribble

Honda CB 1300
Honda CB 1300
Honda CB 1300

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