Motorcyclists are often superstitious creatures. Some riders put guardian bells on their bikes, others won’t ride green motorcycles, and some regard dropping a helmet as bad luck. ICON even sews tiny St. Christopher medallions into the pockets of its jackets.
So goodness knows what the Federal Moto crew made of this Honda CB750K. If ever there was a bike that should have been parked in Tutankhamen’s tomb, this is it.
“This bike was a curse for us,” says lead builder Peter Müller. “It was our ‘Dark Passenger’ that always seemed to be there, never going away. Anyone who’s ever tinkered with bikes knows how the story starts: You buy a cool old bike, probably over-pay for it, and ride it for awhile until it inevitably starts to have problems.”
In the case of this CB750K, the engine literally blew up.…