As ostentatious as it is, nothing impresses like gold—whether it’s the 24-carat kind, or the foil covering your favorite block of chocolate. And making an impression is precisely what Brandon Wurtz wanted to do with his first professional build.
After a six-year career honing his skills in high-end automotive restoration, he’s ventured out on his own and opened the Rawhide Cycles workshop in Nampa, Idaho. This is his first solo build: A breathtaking 1971 Honda CB750 called the ‘Golden Goose.’
The transmission was overhauled. The cylinders were honed, the valves and seats machined, and the head and block planed perfectly flat. Then Brandon installed fresh rings, a new cam chain, oil seals, gaskets and all new fasteners.
To restore the bike back to its original condition, the swing arm, triple clamps, fenders and frame are finished in gloss black powder. The fork lowers, engine covers, carb bowls, and rear brake plate have been bead blasted to a matte finish, and then sealed in a protective clear coat. “It is a 100% custom restoration, down to every nut and bolt,” Brandon says.