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Gorilla Punch: The Wrenchmonkees’ famous Honda CB750

Gorilla Punch: Honda CB750 cafe racer by Wrenchmonkees
The bike that catapulted the Wrenchmonkees on to the world stage was a Honda CB750 revealed in 2008 and nicknamed ‘Gorilla Punch’.

Since the 1990s, custom builders have probably butchered the humble CB750 more than any other motorcycle. But the Wrenchmonkees avoided the obvious, eschewing the hackneyed checkered stripe decals and exhaust pipewrap. Instead, they reduced the CB750 to its core components, and created an essay in minimalism and elegance.

Gorilla Punch: Honda CB750 cafe racer by Wrenchmonkees
An extended swingarm and completely new bodywork gave Gorilla Punch a low, purposeful stance. The rebuilt engine was finished in heat-resistant paint, and the stock wheels were swapped out for solid-covered 16” items. The brake lines and electrics were cleverly hidden from sight, and anything too shiny was finished in grey powdercoat.

Gorilla Punch: Honda CB750 cafe racer by Wrenchmonkees
Gorilla Punch attracted a huge amount of attention from the mainstream media, even from people who had never swung a leg over a bike. It was exhibited at Kunst Industri Museet, the Danish Museum of Art & Design, and for the Wrenchmonkees, it became a tipping point: Their reputation as one of the greatest custom builders of all time was well and truly secured.

Gorilla Punch: Honda CB750 cafe racer by Wrenchmonkees

Gorilla Punch: Honda CB750 cafe racer by Wrenchmonkees

Gorilla Punch: Honda CB750 cafe racer by Wrenchmonkees

Gorilla Punch: Honda CB750 cafe racer by Wrenchmonkees

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  • Phoebe

    It’s truly a beautiful motorcycle. I love it =)

  • Dig those tires!

  • Kyle

    is that a custom tank? sweet bike, I want it!

  • Natalia

    I hate to rain on this parade, but that seat looks like it’d have you walking like John Wayne in about ten km.

  • Tex

    The wheels and tyres are awful. The rest of it’s nice though.

  • Skylar

    Nah, wheel & tire project makes it stand out just that much more. Spokes & radials are what everybody else run.

    Seat is minimal, drops the rider low onto the bike, exactly how I did mine.

    This bike is not worth $30,000 no matter what currency you trade in, but the WM crew pumps out marvelous creations everytime.

  • Jeff

    $35,000? Are you freakin’ kidding me? Half that would be pushing it, but THIRTY FIVE?!? I’d rather have a BMW 3 series CAR.

  • ushka

    the bike is clean and beautiful, price seems a bit high , i agree. what stands out are the grips, handlebars, and tires and discs, hardly worth the high price.

    have to bring this up, why do many of current builders insist on going for the no front fender look. i must agree that it looks great but as rider it is highly impractical. any sign of puddle or rain and your face is drenched.. as a rider of one of these non- fendered bikes i had no choice but to add one.

  • thomas adcock

    The price is extremely high for something that has more looks than practicality. Though this bike looks sleek and unique, they seem to have let form slightly rule over functionality. With the absence of the front fender and a seat that looks like a rougher ride than straddling a rock, it’s as if they took step back in time, not only aesthetically but in practicalities sense. By turning in the opposite direction of the look of conventional motorcycles of today they seem to forgotten the process of time and user testing that has been implemented in the last century.

  • Jale

    Holy shit what whining. These gyus do what I can only dream of. They had a Vision, means to do it and they get to put a price tag of their own liking.