Stan Chen's 1975 Honda CB750F café racer
We’ve heard countless stories of custom motorcycle projects stalling, but the tale of this Honda CB750F café racer takes the cake. Its owner, Stan Chen, had to endure an eight-year wait before work could even begin on the bike—and he had to get the cops involved, too.

Stan originally picked up the 1975-model Honda CB750F intending to do some light café racer mods to it. He dropped it off at a friend’s workshop, and pretty soon the list grew to include an overbore and a few more mods. After a year, minimal progress had been made—and Stan’s friend stopped answering the phone.

Stan Chen's 1975 Honda CB750F café racer

“Fast forward to about 6 years after my ‘friend’ went MIA, I decided to go to the police station to just file a report that the bike was stolen,” Stan tells us. “The officer asked where the bike was, so I gave him the address not thinking much of it, since all the previous attempts to go to the shop failed. I waited in the station lobby for about 15 mins, when the receptionist asked if I was the bike’s owner.”

“I said ‘yes,’ and she said that the officer was at the shop and to head over immediately. I drove down there in my little BMW i3 and, sure enough, the officer had my ‘friend’ there and told him to return all my parts. Needless to say, I was not prepared at all to take a bike home in pieces in my car—or to even get the bike back at all.”

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Unstoppable: The CB750F café racer build that almost wasn’t
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Published Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2023 18:10:32 +0000