Take joy vicariously for the first time on this revived Honda CB750
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of fixing something on your bike yourself. Whether it’s the first time or the tenth time, that sense of accomplishment that you’ve just managed to do something necessary — and you’ve done it right — is so fulfilling. It doesn’t even have to be anything major, although of course your brain mileage may vary based on your personal experience.
For BJ on the Brick House Builds YouTube channel, there’s an added sense of pride here because the 1974 Honda CB750 you see here is actually his and not a customer motorcycle. It was a barn find that he bought for only $100, and came with a seized engine. Through a lot of time, patience and hard work, he managed to bring it almost to the point of running again. (You can see the whole process in a handy project playlist he created on the channel, which we’ll link to in our sources. It’s also the project where BHB walked us through it). using electrolysis to derust a fuel tank.)
The CB750 is almost ready to go here and only needs a few minor tweaks like installing the fuel tap, airbox and of course the seat. After some time putting the finishing touches on getting it back to working order, it’s time for a short test drive around the block. It’s alive!
It’s not perfect, of course – there are a few things that need fixing, like super high idle, carb timing, etc. Still, it works (and sounds) pretty darn good, especially considering it wasn’t working when BHB first got it. In a way, working on project bikes is a lot like riding—sometimes it’s more about the journey than the destination.
Still, there’s nothing quite like that feeling of pure, unadulterated joy you get when you hop on and off. While not completely perfect, this particular CB750 still sounds awfully good. You can instantly hear why this bike rocked the motorcycle world when it was new. I wasn’t there when it happened, but that doesn’t even matter, because that unique sound tells you everything you need to know. Some vehicles are like that, and the CB750 is certainly one of them.
The journey is not over for this project bike, but since it is a personal bike and not a customer bike, BHB carefully stores it in the warehouse after visiting the local vintage bike party . It’ll be a great pilot once it’s finished, and you can already tell how far it’s come.