Honda CB750 – Nick Perna

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Many riders agree that motorcycling offers a stress release that cannot be denied. Nicolas Vincent Perna, a Cardiovascular Perfusionist from Canada, spends his winter building a different bike each year. He has a love for low mileage classic Honda’s, but also a soft spot for the Bologna beast. So when he came across a 1982 Honda CB750 with only 4,000 miles, he created a special Honda with some Ducati sauce and a side of Britain’s best. Nick found a newer 2012 Ducati Monster 1100 Evo to secure the single sided swingarm conversion. He then modified the swingarm to fit the older frame. He made all the furniture in his home. He measured several times until he knew the exact figures.


With the rear being so impressive, he went with a 41mm Kayaba telescopic USD forks from a 2012 Triumph Street Triple for the front. The front cast aluminum Triumph wheel is pulled by a halt by twin 308mm discs with two piston calipers. The rear Ducati wheel is also lightweight and provides a single 245mm disc with a two-piston caliper for stopping power. The bike is powered by air-cooled four cylinders, which made the CB750 legend. Kemp Archibald of Ripple Rock Racers helped to organize the one-off custom system built by Hindle Exhaust Systems for the DOHC motor.


The original character of the Honda shines through in the visuals; the new rear hoop finished in chrome a nod to the touring-cruiser the CB750 had become in the US by 1982. The seat was left standard with a few customs. Nick wanted the seat to keep him comfortable for long rides. The seat was reshaped and re-contoured and recovered while retaining much of the original appeal. Twin clear taillights were added to the rear end and controls are a mix of old and new. The flat bars and risers are part of the Triumph front end while the switch blocks are from the Honda.