It’s not surprising to see niche businesses of all sorts these days, with the reach of the Internet, you can find customers all over the globe, but World Motorcycles, owned by Vic World, specializes solely in the restoration of sandcast Honda CB750s, now niche is that?
Reading the new Motorcyclist Retro, I came across the story about Vic’s shop and it struck me as a nice enjoyable business, but with a grand total of 7414 sandcast 750s ever produced and the majority of them probably long gone to junkyards, is this a sustainable business? Well, it seems to be. Vic got the sandcast 750 bug early on and began collecting NOS parts from everywhere, he bought up the remains of old bikes in whatever condition found, and built up a considerable stash before everyone else caught on that these bikes were special, which eventually happened.
Now, if you’re interested, he’ll do a complete nut and bolt restoration for you if you would like to ride a perfect example of one of these early sandcast Hondas or perhaps put one on display. The price is $29,500, which reflects the rarity of the bike to begin with, the amount of work involved in the restoration and the increasing demand for this milestone motorcycle. His restorations have earned quite a reputation, Honda has one on display in Japan and Honda has one here in the U.S., too, plus there’s one in the Barber Museum. I’d say that’s pretty high praise. Neat!
Link: World Motorcycles