1979 Honda CB750 Chopper Frame no. 1D31337COLO

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Lot 268
1979 Honda CB750 Chopper
Frame no. 1D31337COLO

US$ 3,000 - 5,000
£ 2,300 - 3,800
1979 Honda CB750 Chopper
Frame no. 1D31337COLO
Choppers used to be everywhere. In the early '70s a whole industry cropped up to supply the post-Easy Rider craze for ever-more-outlandish stretched-out, sissybarred creations. Honda's CB750 Four was one of the engines of choice for chopper builders. It was compact, powerful and readily available. Amazingly not many of these original choppers have survived intact. Usually devoid of rear suspension and front brakes, they were difficult to ride and painful around potholes. Many were crashed; others were rebuilt into another style as bike fashions changed.

In many ways the CB750 chopper seen here is straight out of central casting with its classic coffin-shaped gas tank and undulating king-n-queen saddle. Likewise the chromed springer front end with twisted leading legs, topped by a tiny Bates headlight. But look around the bike and there are clues that whoever built it had serious riding in mind. First tip-off is the plunger rear suspension – not as smooth-riding as shocks but way better than a back-pounding rigid frame. We also see an oil-cooler hanging from the frame's front downtubes, an indication the owner was mechanically sympathetic. And, finally, that rarest of rare on a chopper, an actual front brake; in fact, a Hurst Airheart hydraulic disc!

Now a generation old and a genuine slice of moto-Americana, these old choppers are being appreciated for what they are: folk art on wheels. Here's one that goes as good as it looks.

Without reserve
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1979 Honda CB750 Chopper Frame no. 1D31337COLO
1979 Honda CB750 Chopper Frame no. 1D31337COLO
1979 Honda CB750 Chopper Frame no. 1D31337COLO
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