Double Trouble: Two new CB750 builds From Hookie Co.

Digging this new CB750 cafe racer build from Hookie Co. of Germany.
If there’s one bike that’s more prolific than the classic BMW boxer, it’s the Honda CB750. We’ve seen so many custom CBs we’re almost immune to their charms.

But these two new builds from Hookie Co. have just jolted us from our slumber. Sure, they’re not the first CBs to sport Firestones and ditch their fenders. But they’re super sharp, well balanced and loaded with tasty details.

Digging this new CB750 cafe racer build from Hookie Co. of Germany.
Hookie Co. is based in Dresden, Germany, and built the two Hondas for different clients. The black one (top) belongs to Ilya, who owns a fashion distribution company in Berlin. The silver one (above) belongs to Jeanne Pierre, founder of Dortmund auto tuning house, JP Performance.

Though the bikes were built to different briefs, they share many similarities. Both are based on 1981 Honda CB750 K(Z)s, and both have had their engines refreshed during the respective builds.

Digging this new CB750 cafe racer build from Hookie Co. of Germany.
On both bikes, the forks have been lowered by three inches with custom spacers, and the rear shocks have been upgraded to more modern units (YSS Eco Lines on the silver bike). Stainless steel brake lines up front add a touch more bite, along with new master cylinders from Nissin on the black bike and Kustom Tech on the silver machine.

Digging this new CB750 cafe racer build from Hookie Co. of Germany.
Hookie Co. also cleaned up and abbreviated both frames, creating a unique tail unit for each. The black seat is wrapped in leather, while the silver CB750 has Alcantara. Both tails end with neatly integrated, ultra discreet LED lights.

Digging this new CB750 cafe racer build from Hookie Co. of Germany.
To tidy up the area under each seat, Hookie Co. ditched the airbox and relocated the battery. Each bike’s had its wiring simplified too, and has been treated to a smattering of Motogadget parts—including new switches and bar end turn signals.

Digging this new CB750 cafe racer build from Hookie Co. of Germany.
The silver CB750 also gets a neat rear view mirror—cleverly mounted to the headlight bracket. Both cockpits are equipped with clip-ons, Biltwell Inc. grips and tiny speedos.

The black CB750 has had its ignition system moved out of sight, and the silver bike switches on via a keyless RFID system.

Digging this new CB750 cafe racer build from Hookie Co. of Germany.
As for the color schemes, Hookie Co. finished the silver tank in raw steel, with hand-done pinstripes. But Ilya has a black Land Rover Defender at home—so his bike’s been painted to match.

Four-into-one exhaust systems add an appropriate soundtrack. The muffler on the black bike is custom-made, but a Sebring system is fitted to the silver bike.

Digging this new CB750 cafe racer build from Hookie Co. of Germany.
We’ll admit that many of the elements at play follow tried and tested formulas. But Hookie Co. has put them all together in a way that has us loving the CB750 again.

The only question is: which one would you take home?

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