Custom Eye Candy: “La Poderosa,” the Mutant CB750K


If you jump a line (or three) and decide to visit the urban haunts of Canada’s metropolitan meccas, you’ll quickly discover that we have some of the most diverse cultural corners this side of the Atlantic.

Being a multicultural country, you can imagine that the cuisine on both sides of the street is often out of this world – and the same goes for a custom motorcycle built by Toronto-based bike shop Augment Motorworks.

A custom Honda bike from the minds of Augmented Motorworks.  Media is from Augment Motorworks.  Photography by Mark Luciani at www.marklucianiphoto.com.
A custom Honda bike from the minds of Augmented Motorworks. Media is from Augment Motorworks. Photography by Mark Luciani at www.marklucianiphoto.com.

The donor for this particular project – a 1974 Honda CB750K – has had quite a facelift. The complete rebuild of the bike’s inline-four heart and carburetor required an installed front end from a 1975 Honda GL1000 (down to the rebuilt forks and calipers).

This was fitted with dual disc brakes and Progressive Suspension fork springs with Race Tech fork emulators…all evidence that designer Nick Acosta didn’t hold back on this one.

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A custom Honda bike from the minds of Augmented Motorworks.  Media is from Augment Motorworks.  Photography by Mark Luciani at www.marklucianiphoto.com.
A custom Honda bike from the minds of Augmented Motorworks. Media is from Augment Motorworks. Photography by Mark Luciani at www.marklucianiphoto.com.

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

“He had just done some brake work and was about to take his bike for a spin when a dog torpedo shot out to attack his bike. Nick tried evasive maneuvers only to end up wrecking the bike and severing his calf muscle.”

A custom Honda bike from the minds of Augmented Motorworks.  Media is from Augment Motorworks.  Photography by Mark Luciani at www.marklucianiphoto.com.
A custom Honda bike from the minds of Augmented Motorworks. Media is from Augment Motorworks. Photography by Mark Luciani at www.marklucianiphoto.com.

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

“I had a month of intensive therapy for my injuries and spent that time thinking about how to get the bike back together and riding again.

A custom Honda bike from the minds of Augmented Motorworks.  Media is from Augment Motorworks.  Photography by Mark Luciani at www.marklucianiphoto.com.
A custom Honda bike from the minds of Augmented Motorworks. Media is from Augment Motorworks. Photography by Mark Luciani at www.marklucianiphoto.com.

On the new front, Nick added a Dynatek Dyna S ignition system fitted with a one-off half fairing and bubble seat from Pacomotorstuff.

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Power finally came out of a Cyclexchange 4-1 exhaust (with black muffler wrap), all of which complemented the Black Widow Custom Paint two-tone black cherry paint finish.

A custom Honda bike from the minds of Augmented Motorworks.  Media is from Augment Motorworks.  Photography by Mark Luciani at www.marklucianiphoto.com.
A custom Honda bike from the minds of Augmented Motorworks. Media is from Augment Motorworks. Photography by Mark Luciani at www.marklucianiphoto.com.

Other features of this build aloud Expand Motorwork’s websitecontain:

  • Custom interchangeable seats (double seat and single café bubble seat) by Raven 6 upholstery in premium oxblood leather with diamond stitching
  • Custom billet aluminum forward controls, clip-on handlebars, passenger pegs, fuel valve housing, top triple clamp, fuel cap, oil pressure gauge and mini top triple clamp with indicator lights
  • New adjustable rear shock absorbers
  • Custom braided stainless steel brake lines from Apex Brakes
  • 3D printed heavy duty side covers
  • Gustafsson Plastics windscreen
  • Motogadget LED handlebar end indicators
  • Nissin brake master cylinder
  • Angel Halo headlight with halogen bulb
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A custom Honda bike from the minds of Augmented Motorworks.  Media is from Augment Motorworks.  Photography by Mark Luciani at www.marklucianiphoto.com.
A custom Honda bike from the minds of Augmented Motorworks. Media is from Augment Motorworks. Photography by Mark Luciani at www.marklucianiphoto.com.

As for the christening of the finished product, we’re told that “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 along when they were riding South America traveled across the island.

How fitting.

What do you think of the construction?

A custom Honda bike from the minds of Augmented Motorworks.  Media is from Augment Motorworks.  Photography by Mark Luciani at www.marklucianiphoto.com.
A custom Honda bike from the minds of Augmented Motorworks. Media is from Augment Motorworks. Photography by Mark Luciani at www.marklucianiphoto.com.

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I hope you all get some good screws in the garage as the season cools, and as always – stay safe on the corners.

*All media sourced from Augment Motorworks. Photography performed by Mark Luciani*



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