ROBERT TEASLEY’S TURBOCHARGED CB750
Robert Teasley’s Turbocharged CB750
I’m sorry it took me so long to get you guys this bike feature. It’s a long tradition that if you live somewhere, you procrastinate on sightseeing all the touristy stuff. Not that Robert Teasley’s CB750 here is listed on Travelocity as a must-see for Los Angeles, but that tradition applies here. Robert has been my neighbor for years. I’d see his Honda parked somewhere and think to myself, “Self, we should probably shoot that cool bike for Street Chopper.” Just like Disneyland or the Hollywood sign, Robert’s bike was always here. “I can shoot it anytime I like,” I’d tell myself. I finally found the time to do it. Woo-hoo!
Although Robert Teasley’s only been riding four years, he’s been a gearhead since he was a kid. “Growing up with my dad, watching him wrench on a ’57 Chevy is how I learned,” Robert said. “He had a CB750 I rode on back, which is how I got exposed to bikes.”
Later, Robert started his own moto-toy collection. Cars at first, then he picked up the CB750 that would become this awesome beauty here. “It really came about from affordability initially,” he said. “When it came out, the CB750 was a big deal in the cycle world. I found a runner on Craigslist. I was at first just going to clean it up.” He’d also seen a lot of Russ Collins’ RC Engineering dragbikes. Right around this time he met Yoshi and Kiyo at the Garage Company. Yeah, say goodbye to “just cleaning it up.” That’s what happens when you walk into the Garage Company. Any notion of keeping an old bike stock dies off like the victims in a horror movie.
They answered Robert’s questions and a plan started to materialize. Part dragbike, a touch café racer, and some psychedelic funky ’70s paint. “I like the 1970s flake and pattern vibe with the paint,” Robert told me. “I let the painter do what he wanted to do. People look at it and think it’s a café bike, but to me it’s not. When you look at early ’60s bikes, all the dragbikes were running drag bars. My bike meshes both worlds. It’s like a showbike and a go-bike.”
Although this CB750 sports a turbocharger now, this wasn’t always the case. “I had dropped the bike, chipped up the different paint,” Robert said. “Kiyo had that turbo kit sitting on a shelf at his shop, Kiyo’s Garage. When we talked about redoing the paint, we thought, ‘Let’s bring it back out a little different.’ ” Beforehand, the machine had dual Webers on it. Originally done up as a one- off of Yoshi’s own Honda, Robert wanted to change that, which is why it has a lever to feed the supercharger. Clearly, it came out insane looking. The major drawback to riding it is that you can’t push it too hard in the corners, but seeing as how it was meant to rock the dragbike vibe, Robert made this thing to go fast in a straight line anyway, and he loves that.
This Honda is Robert’s first custom motorcycle but won’t be his last. Even as we speak, he’s gathering parts for a generator Shovelhead. So far he’s got the motor and transmission. When he gets it done, I’ll put together the bike feature for you, and I won’t keep putting it off. I promise. SC