The 1970’s + 80’s were some funky years in the flat track world, motorcycles were quickly evolving and manufacturer’s were fighting to claim the title of the best performing motorcycle and team. During the late 70’s through the 80’s we saw all sorts of oddball bikes popping up and making their attempts to claim the title. In this story we’re going to cover one specific model that made an appearance in the flat track world for a short stint, that many people may have forgot about our weren’t aware it was even a thing. Before we dive into the trials and tribulations of this specific manufactures push into flat track, we need to give a bit of back story and lay out the foundations of how this came to be.
Deep within the confines of the biker subculture has always remained a series of "happenings" and moments over the years, pure, raw, forever nostalgic moments that have given fellow bikers a sense of pride for having lived through them or been a part of them. We have always tried to pay homage to moments like this and regionally these moments have become something that have transformed the landscape surrounding these biker happenings and brought others in pilgrimage to find their own sacred yet wild moments within them. Daytona Bike week forever immortalized by the striking images in the pages of biker magazines of the eighties and nineties was forever transformed when Daytona legend Willie Jones of the famed "Tropical tattoo" in Ormond beach began hosting a "true to the core"custom bike show called "chopper time" birthed from the comradery of fellow bikers and custom builders that would often make his tattoo shop lot a staple of their adventures. The show soon became the mecca of Southern motorcycle culture and held true to its core values for over 2 decades now. Early on bringing along the outgoing vaudevillian talents of the quick witted "Roadside Marty" as his master of ceremonies and an All Star cast of judges that made the shows awards a true "judging of its own peers" the show was destined to get bigger and better with every passing year. Not only did the show allow builders from all over the country from all walks of life to showcase their talents, connect with like minded individuals over a cold well priced brew or just simply cruise the lot looking for continued sources of inspiration, it also had a very important cause fueling it that not everyone knew about.
Vintage motorcycles and for this instance particularly old Honda's, seem to hold their own collection of stories and memories between families all over America and the world over. Whether that experience may have been a father teaching his son to rebuild a set of inline four carburetors in their garage on the weekends or maybe even the first bike that you remember your Uncle ever taking you for rides on or beyond that maybe it may have been the bike that got you into motorcycles altogether. Well no matter what the story, their lineage and their story is also yours. This sentiment certainly holds true for one such vintage inline four enthusiast Brenen Hiler of Indianapolis, Indiana who recently had the chance to acquire the 1975 Honda CB750 that was the bike that started it all for him. Passed through his family a few generations that CB stayed barn fresh and just a can of carb cleaner away from a solid ride for 3 decades until it was finally time for Brenen to be reunited with it. We sat down with him in his home shop in Indy and discussed his love for all motorcycles and how it progressed over the years all beginning with one very particular blue honda CB750.
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.