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Personalized eye candies: “La Poderosa”, the Mutant CB750K

When you cross a border (or three) and decide to visit the urban haunts of Canada’s metropolitan Meccas, you’ll quickly realize that we have some of the most diverse cultural corners this side of the Atlantic.

Being a multicultural country, you can imagine the cuisine on either side of the street is often out of this world – and the same can be said for a custom motorcycle built from Toronto based bike shop Augment Motorworks.

A custom Honda motorcycle imagined by Augmented Motorworks. Media sourced from Augment Motorworks. Photograph taken by Mark Luciani at www.marklucianiphoto.com.

The donor of this particular project – a 1974 Honda CB750K – received a facelift. The complete rebuild of the bike’s inline-four heart and carburetor required fitting the front end of a 1975 Honda GL1000 (down to the rebuilt forks and brake calipers).

This one was dressed in dual disc brakes and progressive suspension fork springs with Race Tech fork emulators… proof that builder Nick Acosta didn’t hold back on this one.

A custom Honda motorcycle imagined by Augmented Motorworks.  Media sourced from Augment Motorworks.  Photograph taken by Mark Luciani at www.marklucianiphoto.com.
A custom Honda motorcycle imagined by Augmented Motorworks. Media sourced from Augment Motorworks. Photograph taken by Mark Luciani on www.marklucianiphoto.com.

“When a dog ran away from Nick Acosta’s 1974 CB750K, it changed his world” Explain BikeEXIF.

“He had just done a little braking work and was spinning his bike when a canine torpedo exploded attacking his wheel. Nick tried evasive maneuvers, only to end up totaling the bike and cutting his calf muscle.

A custom Honda motorcycle imagined by Augmented Motorworks.  Media sourced from Augment Motorworks.  Photograph taken by Mark Luciani at www.marklucianiphoto.com.
A custom Honda motorcycle imagined by Augmented Motorworks. Media sourced from Augment Motorworks. Photograph taken by Mark Luciani at www.marklucianiphoto.com.

“We don’t have a long driving season here in Canada,” Nick adds.

“I had a month of intensive therapy for my injuries and spent that time thinking about how I could rebuild the bike and start riding again.

A custom Honda motorcycle imagined by Augmented Motorworks.  Media sourced from Augment Motorworks.  Photograph taken by Mark Luciani on www.marklucianiphoto.com.
A custom Honda motorcycle imagined by Augmented Motorworks. Media sourced from Augment Motorworks. Photograph taken by Mark Luciani on www.marklucianiphoto.com.

To the new front end, Nick added a Dynatek Dyna S ignition system, dressed in a unique half-fairing and bubble seat from Pacomotorstuff.

Power ended up flowing out of a Cyclexchange 4-1 exhaust (with black exhaust wrap), which complements Black Widow Custom Paint’s two-tone cherry black paint job.

A custom Honda motorcycle imagined by Augmented Motorworks.  Media sourced from Augment Motorworks.  Photograph taken by Mark Luciani on www.marklucianiphoto.com.
A custom Honda motorcycle imagined by Augmented Motorworks. Media sourced from Augment Motorworks. Photograph taken by Mark Luciani at www.marklucianiphoto.com.

Other characteristics of this construction, according to Augment Motorwork websiteto understand:

  • Custom interchangeable seats (double seat and single coffee bubble seat) by Raven 6 upholstery in premium oxblood red leather with diamond stitching
  • Custom aluminum rearsets, clip-on handlebars, passenger footpegs, tap bowl, top yoke, gas cap, oil pressure gauge and mini top yoke gauge bracket with indicator lights.
  • New adjustable rear shocks
  • Custom Braided Stainless Steel Brake Lines by Apex Brakes
  • Durable 3D printed side covers
  • Gustafsson plastic windshield
  • Motogadget LED Bar End Turn Signals
  • Nissin brake master cylinder
  • Angel Halo headlight with halogen bulb
A custom Honda motorcycle imagined by Augmented Motorworks.  Media sourced from Augment Motorworks.  Photograph taken by Mark Luciani on www.marklucianiphoto.com.
A custom Honda motorcycle imagined by Augmented Motorworks. Media sourced from Augment Motorworks. Photograph taken by Mark Luciani at www.marklucianiphoto.com.

As for the baptized name of the finished product, we’re told “La Poderosa” (meaning “The Mighty One” in Spanish) is Nick’s way of paying homage to the bike that Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara and Alberto Granado took on when they crossed South America.

How appropriate.

What do you think of the build?

A custom Honda motorcycle imagined by Augmented Motorworks.  Media sourced from Augment Motorworks.  Photograph taken by Mark Luciani on www.marklucianiphoto.com.
A custom Honda motorcycle imagined by Augmented Motorworks. Media sourced from Augment Motorworks. Photograph taken by Mark Luciani at www.marklucianiphoto.com.

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Hope you all put in some good tear-ups in the garage as the season cools, and as always, stay safe on the corners.

*All media is from Augment Motorworks. Photograph taken by Marc Luciani*

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