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Dream Ride: 1974 CB750 Custom

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If, as they say, every cloud has a silver lining, the opposite must also be That is to say, for every there’s a valley; no good goes unpunished; and triumph is entwined with tragedy. For Montey, this real-life of Newton’s Third Law of Motion hit


But that’s just one in our story. A landscape designer who busy during the long Plains winters by futzing in his garage, Jamey’s first a Honda Shadow, didn’t stock for long. “I started it apart after about months,” he tells RoadBike by from his home in Lincoln, “I’d never worked metal before, but I became obsessed. Drove the wife

Jamey enjoyed the Shadow, but the was too great to ignore. He wanted to his own ground-up custom motorcycle. To a project bike for the dream already begun to build in his Jamey hooked up with a vintage bike dealer, Don of Lincoln Classic Cycles.

had purchased a dirty-but-clean 1974 CB 750 from a farmer in Kansas for $120, and as soon as Jamey let him in on the that was taking shape in his Adams told him that he had the power plant for the job.

the help and advice of a few buddies, soon began his project. He the motor in the garage, and obtained a frame from Cycle an independent manufacturer out of Oklahoma A Wide Glide front end was up, and a Sportster fuel tank was to the backbone. For a custom Honda CB the project was quickly taking on a American feel.

And that’s just the way Jamey it.

“I made some of them, but the I didn’t make, I made fit!” he laughs when about the components. “Seriously, is an American bike. Period. was bought here, most of it

I’m a local businessman, so I try to keep it and help out as many people as I Other than some on welding and wiring from pro guys, this bike was a experience that I did by myself,” insists.

Embracing that Jamey enlisted his friend “BB” Bye, an engineer by day who had to a much wider variety of tools than could be in Jamey’s home garage. BB not only bungs and widgets, but and guidance, and without his knowledge of and motorcycles, Jamey swears he have finished this before his target date, a at last summer’s Sturgis

RoadBike spied the bike on a street in front of a church in and when Jamey returned to Editor Steve’s business perched on his bike, you can imagine the joy and that enveloped him — as well as BB, who was by his side. Phone calls made, an appointment with ace Fonzie Palaima was scheduled, and all was in Jamey Land. Even the CB broke down the night of the shoot, Jamey’s excitement be kept in check.

The rally was over with anyway, so he and his simply drove their car to see a at the Full Throttle Saloon a few from their campground at the Spoke, with BB on his bike close behind.

After the concert, Jamey and his negotiated their way through the lot, while BB made for the motorcycle parking near the gate. They waved and that they’d see each “back at the Spoke.” But Jamey saw his pal again. An alleged drunk traveling an estimated 80 miles per rear-ended BB’s bike  on the running him over and killing

BB was three miles from the

The next day, Jamey his CB onto the trailer for the longest of his life. He never saw the accident; the photos on BB’s camera that he stopped to take snapshots along the way, and he and must have passed other in the night. But the pain and return every time looks at the custom CB in his garage.

He’s been able to himself to ride it only since the accident, and will bequeath it to his son Jacob when the is right. This winter, Jamey’s attention will be once again on the garage.

whole time we were out at BB and I talked about the kind of he wanted. He wanted a Knuckle. I’m going to build it for him,” promises.

With a pinch of his ashes mixed with the Jamey Montey intends to his off-season creating a two-wheeled to his friend and brother BB. It’ll be a endeavor; one that Jamey is his to see to fruition.

But right now, he’s got to up the phone: his father-in-law has hit a deer and needs to be rescued. Jamey mind picking him up. “No big deal; way easier than driving from Sturgis without my bike on my trailer,” he says.

By Langston, Photos by Alfonse

Originally printed in RoadBike 2012

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