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It's always a great thing to find a vintage motorcycle that has just the right amount of patina that shows it's been appreciated yet actually ridden and such is the case with this 1974 Amen Savior framed CB750 chopper from Brandon Paschke. Originally assembled from parts ordered out of the back of an old biker magazine this bike started out as a product of the chopper boom in the 70's and remained true to the style all these years. We caught up with Brandon and his bike at Powell Farms in beautiful Oregonia, Ohio just after the wild party vibes of the Devils Staircase hillclimbs where many bikers make the homage trek with their vintage bikes continuing a tradition of rolling custom machines out to the farm, something that's been happening literally since the 70's when many of the Amen framed bikes were on the rise. From the photos you could honestly look and imagine you were back at Powell Farm in 1974 seeing as how both the farm and the bike have changed so little in almost 50 years. So to get an idea of how Brandon came to own this awesome survivor we picked his brain on the bike and some of the good times he has had with it continuing on with its journey.
Being involved in the custom bike scene for many years we have seen a lot of different painters and artists in the midwest and many of them of course ride, so its always neat to see what a custom painter or tank artist choses to ride themselves. We took a trip down to the small town of Bedford, Indiana where one such painter Jason Mattox of Timebomb Customs had just finished up his own CB750 custom chopper. Jason has always had an affinity for vintage Japanese bikes so we wanted to find out more about his latest project and his shop in general and see why he chose this last year single overhead cam 1978 k model CB750 for his daily rider.
There's no better way to spend a weekend than taking in the sights, smells, and sounds of vintage motorcycles racing. From a outside perspective, we've watched the vintage road race scene gain more and more traction with organizations like WERA, and AHRMA These organizations have done the best they can to recreate the golden years of vintage road racing and we tip our hats to them. Walk through the pits of one of their vintage events and you'll feel like you hopped in a time machine and went back to the 60's-70s. With these events you tend to see a trend of motorcycles that participate like the Honda CB160, CB350, Triumph daytona, Ducati Desmo, but one bike you don't see often is a Honda CBX. We caught word of a local racer in the suburbs of Columbus, OH. who was the son of MRCBX, If you're into CBX's then chances are you know who we are talking about. Through a local vintage motorcycle facebook group we connected with Robby Ringnalda to get the story on how road racing a CBX came to light.
It’s no secret that vintage Japanese is our specialty, but when it comes to our all time favorite model, the Honda CB750 takes the cake. From the factory these inline 4’s were a hotrod, and from the showroom floor these bikes were being customized. Some may forget that in the 70’s the chopper scene was full of Japanese choppers, guys were buying these bikes new and immediately chopping them up into a one of a kind ride. It’s safe to say that the Japanese platform had a heavy influence in the chopper world, and we’ve been seeing a resurgence of Japanese choppers being built or survivors being brought back to life!
When we came across some photos of Zach and Kristin Shipwash’ chopper they were building, we had to hear more. We reached out to the couple to get the inside scoop on this bike and a awesome collection of photos to go with it. Let’s get into it!
We recently received a message from a vintage enthusiast and fan of Old Bike Barn with a compelling story and a few photos of a pristine GL1000. A few words stuck out to us when reading through the message "$500 Goldwing and Cross Country" after reading that, we had to know more. Without further ado, let's dive in!