Whats your name, and where are you from?
Dustin Porter born and still live in Burton Ohio
How long have you been riding and building motorcycles?
I got my first bike when I was 16, it was a 1981 ironhead that my dad bought for me. I owned it and rode it for 5 years. He was involved in car accident in 2008 and passed away. I sold the sportster to build a 1969 shovelhead that he was putting together. I started building shortly after getting that bike put together. So roughly 10 years I've been tinkering with old bikes. 5 years of building things for other people.
Tell us a little about your bike (year, make, model)
It's a 1977 cb750, in a santee frame, with a 14 over Springer that was pieced together. It's got a 19" invader front wheel and a Henry Abe 16" rear wheel. Henry Abe bread box, santee oil tank and electrical box. I made the bars and controls and the exhaust.
You had mentioned this was a survivor frame + paint, could you give us a little backstory on how you found and acquired it?
I bought the frame from a guy out in New Jersey. He had it listed for 800$ with all the paint oil tank and swing arm. I thought the price was a little high but I really liked the way it looked. So I bought it. The frame was 8 hours away so I drove my 1994 g20 van with my brother Travis out that way, we stopped about 5 hours in and slept at a truck stop for the night. Woke up the next day and picked it up. It wasn't in the listing but he had all the original paperwork for the frame. Santee MSO original title from 1977 and some other santee paper work. Did some horse trading with a guy in Akron and got the motor and carbs.
What was your favorite part of the build?
The best part of the build was fabricating all the parts I didn't have... I had a good idea when I first got the bike of what I wanted it to look like. I wanted a tall chopper that leaned back. Most cb750 builds look bulky and I really wanted the motor to be the widest part of the bike. I had narrow bars on my shovelhead and high mids so I was used to the riding position and the tall leaned back chopper look meant I always needs a pack to lean against. I also wanted it to sound different than the normal Honda so I dumped all 4 pipes out the same side and intentionally left them different sizes. It gives it more of a loup at idle.
Of the parts I fabricated the foot clutch the 2nd go around was my favorite, the first time I was trying to copy a friends design and a combination of not enough tools and not enough patience lead to a frustratingly in effective part. The New design with the sprockets came out much better.
Did you have any challenges or set backs during the build process?
Lack of money was my biggest challenge. I was trying to make thing to save money and the mechanisms I needed to make to keep the bike skinny and tall had to be tucked in small places. The other thing making it challenging was not damaging the paint. I didn't want to weld anything to the frame or destroy any of the paint so it all had to be bolted on in some way.
I know you just finished up a big cross country trip on the bike. How long was the trip? and could you give us some highlights from the trip.
I had taken a trip to California the summer of 2015 to born free 7. I rode with 3 friends. Okie nate, Pete Jackson, and Joel Hauenstien 3 shovelheads and one panhead. We had a great time and I had planned to do it again at some point. In 2018 friend who couldn't make the trip that year and myself started planning a trip for 2019. We had originally decided to trailer out to Minnesota on the 3rd of july and start from a friends house after his party but the way the 5th. But the way it ended up working out we rode the entire way. Leaving on the 2nd and not coming back till the 22nd of july. My friends evo Scot, hillbilly, Andy Suter and my brother Tyler all went across the country sleeping at state parks, national parks, camp groinds and a few bars along the way. All told the trip was about 6300 miles in 20 days. The Honda had a few carb leaks along the way but no major problems until I got hit making a left turn in Utah. A guy we had never met but who had been following the trip on Instagram Cody Webber came and picked up me and the bike and took us to dirty rat moto cyco in salt lake city. They hooked me up with all the space and tools I could need and got me back on the rode in 1 day. The rest of trip was smooth sailing with only a few more stuck float issues.
Any future plans with the bike?
Future plans for the bike are to just leave it the way it is and ride it. I've got two other builds I'm wanting to get started on and I'm happy with how the Honda looks and performs.