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From 'BIKEEXIF' As ostentatious as it is, nothing impresses like gold-whether it’s the 24-carat kind, or the foil covering your favorite block of chocolate. And making an impression is precisely what Brandon Wurtz wanted to do with his first professional build.After six-year career honing his skills in high-end automotive restoration, he’s ventured out on his own and opened the Rawhide Cycles workshop in Nampa, Idaho. This is his first solo build: breathtaking 1971 Honda CB750 called the ‘Golden Goose.’The gold paintwork may be impressive, but lot more went into the Golden Goose than few liters of metal flake.Rather than completely changing Honda’s legendary superbike, Brandon decided to enhance the CB750’s looks and performance by trimming its proportions and lowering its curb weight.“This is nod to many of the hot rod muscle cars of the same era,” he explains. “Low, minimalistic and aggressive, with show-class details and paint.”During the one-month overhaul, Brandon literally left no stone, or shall we say bolt, unturned. Despite the engine having relatively low mileage, he tore it down for ground up rebuild.The transmission was overhauled. The cylinders were honed, the valves and seats machined, and the head and block planed perfectly flat. Then Brandon installed fresh rings, new cam chain, oil seals, gaskets and all new fasteners.Rebuilding 45-year-old electrical system is no easy feat, but Brandon has designed and built simplified wiring harness using Honda’s original color schematic.For clean and consistent spark, he’s combined a Charlie’s Place electronic ignition with powerful Dyna coils. set of Super Hawk switches controls the accessories.The original CB750 rims and hubs were powder coated black, re-laced with Buchanan’s stainless steel spokes, and wrapped in Dunlop K81 rubber.‘Forking by Frank’ contributed set of 1.5-inch lower stanchions, and the rear end was dropped to match-using 290mm Hagon shocks to level out the Honda’s stance.In the quest for minimalist proportions, Brandon has ditched the overinflated 1970s seat. In its place sits Rawhide Cycles seat pan-covered in gold to match the paint.The seat itself is diamond-stitched black leather, and molded to follow the lines of the frame and fuel tank.To restore the bike back to its original condition, the swing arm, triple clamps, fenders and frame are finished in gloss black powder. The fork lowers, engine covers, carb bowls, and rear brake plate have been bead blasted to matte finish, and then sealed in protective clear coat. “It is 100% custom restoration, down to every nut and bolt,” Brandon says.Jack ‘Pacman’ McCann handled the paint, laying down Huffer Micro Gold flake under House of Kolor’s Gold Kandy. In the original CB750 style, he’s also added PPG white pinstripes, before applying thick, glassy coat of PPG clear.Looking like million bucks and running like Swiss watch, Golden Goose was entered into the Boise Roadster Show in Idaho.Not surprisingly, the CB750 wowed the judges-and took First Place in the Antique Custom class.Congratulations to Brandon Wurtz for striking gold on his first attempt. We’ll be keeping very, very close eye on future Rawhide builds. During the first 200 miles of riding, much to my chagrin, noticed an oil leak in the upper fins of the cylinder head. couldn't live with such blemish on an otherwise perfect bike. chased the leak down to cracked cylinder head. bought new (refurbished) head withe enhance springs, valve stem guides and perfect fins. I, in fact pulled the cylinder block as well...I wanted to switch the cylinder head studs to far thicker sturdier stud. While was at it, my motto is always leave something better then you found it, installed top-of-the-line no leak gaskets all around. pulled all the covers and put fresh powder on each. Again, used the best gaskets can find, no leak. Long story longer, did very close to an entire upper end rebuild. The motor didn't need it, just figured why not make this thing look bit meaner with blacked out motor that would perform tad better....and that's what did.Listed below are all the new parts: sorry about the bold, can't figure how to turn it off- Exhaust, hand made by Carpy (everything he does is hi-quality and expensive), the headers sound way better, grumbly and growly- New (refurbished) cylinder head by Andrews Motorsports NEW...1... Andrews Motorsports Competition Valve Service 375.00 (Labor) Includes Assembly As Shown 1... Performance Machine Valve Spring Kit 69.99 1... Andrews Motorsports Base Shim Kit 21.998...PM Vitron Valve Guide Seals 6.99 55.921...Core Honda Cylinder Head (Used) 225.001...Total 747.79 - Cylinder Studs by Cyclex (heavy duty) all triple layer, no leak- Gaskets by Cyclex (best on the market today) Cylinder head (all new pesky pucs) Valve cover Cylinder base Transmission cover Primary cover Alternator cover Chain cover Cam tension adjuster cover Clutch cover Oil filter cover Exhaust rings - Fresh paint on the engine- Stainless Steel Hardware installed on every bolt you see, by probolt (see picture of headlight bucket)- Shorai Lithium Battery- Gold chain looks so cool- Tachometer- Oil Pressure Guage- Stainless Steel Oil Lines by Carpy- Fuel lines and filters- Rear View Mirror, bar end mount- Rear Tail Light, Lens and Inner Assembly- Corrugated Cylindrical Plastic wire harness covered throughout- Finally, Fresh Lucas Oil and Filter The Goose displays level of attention to detail that is unrivaled. It's beautiful bike that one can not let out of site, it garners that much attention. After the upper end rebuild have added exactly miles to the nonexistent odometer. I'll wrack few more, It's blast to drive. That said, I'm Harley guy.....the odo will not go over...say 25 miles. The changes made cost well over $1500. Feel free to ask questions. And please count your change before you buy it....not after.
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