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Old August 20th, 2010, 06:25 AM   #1451
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Been a long time since I really posted much here, but I thought I'd give you a chance to see what made me put my v-rod on the back-burner for a year and a half (not including the gf )

Finally finished building my dream bike and being on a strict budget, I waited and waited for deals.

When someone says "cafe racer", these bikes pop into my head:
85% late 50's/early 60's period correct (except the front brake, forks, late 60's Amal 930 carbs, and modern wiring). Enjoy.









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Very nice!!! Did you build the tank and seat?
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Just a quick question. Would you folks ride a Honda CB750 as a daily, even on the interstate? Would your opinion change if it was bobbed?
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Old August 26th, 2010, 10:04 AM   #1453
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Just a quick question. Would you folks ride a Honda CB750 as a daily, even on the interstate? Would your opinion change if it was bobbed?
Sure why not? Plenty of power for the hiway.
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Old August 26th, 2010, 10:06 AM   #1454
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Just a quick question. Would you folks ride a Honda CB750 as a daily, even on the interstate? Would your opinion change if it was bobbed?
My friend and I used to double on a CB550F to work (I was a lot smaller back then!), about a 35 mile commute, part of it down into the Columbia Gorge (hill riding, high wind, etc.). I loved it, 'cept for the part where we got off work in the morning... we'd stop at the halfway point and warm our frozen hands over the exhaust trumpets!

The only thing you could really do to a 750 to make it uncomfortable for distance riding is hardtail it, IMHO.
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Old August 26th, 2010, 11:25 AM   #1455
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Just a quick question. Would you folks ride a Honda CB750 as a daily, even on the interstate? Would your opinion change if it was bobbed?
I rode my '73 Cb750 for a year and a half straight! Through wind, snow, rain, HEAT, didn't matter. - Even getting groceries.

Make sure that if you do lots of highway riding, put a bigger front sprocket, or a smaller rear sprocket to get a good gear ratio. Keep the rpms under 3.5-4k @ 70mph and your engine will love you.
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Old August 26th, 2010, 11:33 AM   #1456
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Very nice!!! Did you build the tank and seat?
THANKS!

The seat I bought from Clubman Racing for $155 shipped!!!!! REALLY! It's the Norton Manx Slimline seat with center mounted tank cut-out.

The fiberglass gas tank I bought off Ebay for $200. Glass From The Past, Clubman Racing, and other places sell this tank (with the Monza cap) for $450+
I used the por15 sealer and works like a friggin' charm!

This tank fits both Slimline and Wideline Featherbed frames.
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My friend and I used to double on a CB550F to work (I was a lot smaller back then!), about a 35 mile commute, part of it down into the Columbia Gorge (hill riding, high wind, etc.). I loved it, 'cept for the part where we got off work in the morning... we'd stop at the halfway point and warm our frozen hands over the exhaust trumpets!

The only thing you could really do to a 750 to make it uncomfortable for distance riding is hardtail it, IMHO.
Sweet. I've been thinking about getting a bike for a while now, and someone recommended a CB750 to me. Old enough to be fun, light enough to be practical, yet fast enough to get out of the way of the 17 year old drama queen on her iphone.

I was thinking of running stock, but damn:
YouTube- First Ride CB750 Chop

I think I may have found even another project.

I'm taking the engine from my XL100 to the shop on saturday; after I work out the bugs and blast/paint the frame, she'll go up for sale. Then I'll see what I can find as far as a 750.

I have a lot of reading to do.
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These guys have some killer 750 stuff:
http://www.cyclexchange.net/
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If that bike was any more minimalist, it wouldn't have wheels. "Sounds good too!
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Old August 26th, 2010, 08:41 PM   #1460
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Love the enfields. When I was in belgum, I met an old guy there that built enfield cafee's. He had maby 6 or more in the shed, and he had a shop out front where he sold the new ones.

Just asking for a friend, he bought a 57 prima d 150 nsu, and he's wondering where's a good place to get parts, he's in bad need of a couple of seat covers. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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this is my 64 triumph trophy bobber it has been more fun than any harley ive ever built
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Old August 27th, 2010, 12:19 PM   #1462
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I tried using a magnifyig glass on the 'X' But it still looks like and 'X' and not a Trumpet.
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Shoot, I can't even see the "X" ... although I have to say I've never seen a paintjob that gray before, the thing blends right in!
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I may be picking up this Honda CB750 Cafe project tomorrow.





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Old August 27th, 2010, 04:29 PM   #1465
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haha let me try it again
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Very nice! A different tank, clip ons, headlight ears and gauges would go along way to making that look right.
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Old August 27th, 2010, 07:14 PM   #1467
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These guys have some killer 750 stuff:
http://www.cyclexchange.net/
Another quick question, based on the parts they have listed...

The billet triple tree they have listed fits years 69-78. Many of the parts are listed this way. Are there certain years to aim for/avoid? I've found two '82 parts bikes and one '82 complete low mileage, just messing around on craigslist for a couple minutes. But if it's going to be difficult to find aftermarket parts for, I'd rather find something '78-.

If it will be safe to do it, I may make my own billet triple tree and fork brace. I've got access to a full machine shop as long as I'm in school, so why not?

Also, I think I'll go cafe instead of chopped, because I can keep rear suspension. I'd like to have the freedom to ride for long periods.

I'm tempted with the '82. It's listed for $1300, and has 5,300 miles.

Eye candy...

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'78 and older are SOHC (single overhead cam), '79 and later are DOHC (dual...yeah, you get it).

The dual carb setup they have on cyclexchange looks pretty rad, take some work out of tuning your bike AND I bet the sound is wicked too!
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'78 and older are SOHC (single overhead cam), '79 and later are DOHC (dual...yeah, you get it).

The dual carb setup they have on cyclexchange looks pretty rad, take some work out of tuning your bike AND I bet the sound is wicked too!
Ohhh, duh. Ok, that makes sense. '78 and older it is, then.
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Very nice! A different tank, clip ons, headlight ears and gauges would go along way to making that look right.
Yup, Clubman bars, modified ears, old school tank.

I also eventually want to dump the mags for some spoked wheels. I'm thinking black rims, hubs and spokes with chrome nipples and a red pinstripe around the edge of the rim.

I just need to check it out today and assess the work it's going to need before i start looking into the new parts.
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Another quick question, based on the parts they have listed...

The billet triple tree they have listed fits years 69-78. Many of the parts are listed this way. Are there certain years to aim for/avoid? I've found two '82 parts bikes and one '82 complete low mileage, just messing around on craigslist for a couple minutes. But if it's going to be difficult to find aftermarket parts for, I'd rather find something '78-.

If it will be safe to do it, I may make my own billet triple tree and fork brace. I've got access to a full machine shop as long as I'm in school, so why not?

Also, I think I'll go cafe instead of chopped, because I can keep rear suspension. I'd like to have the freedom to ride for long periods.

I'm tempted with the '82. It's listed for $1300, and has 5,300 miles.

Eye candy...

Can you tell me more about the bike in the pic? I'd go with one like that but a larger rear wheel and tire.
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Can you tell me more about the bike in the pic? I'd go with one like that but a larger rear wheel and tire.
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The tank and seat were one-offed by Benjie's Cafe' Racers; they call it an "armadillo" tank. Here's their site:
http://www.benjiescaferacer.com/bcrtanks.html

I only know this stuff from this site.
http://www.bikeexif.com/benjie%E2%80...e-honda-cb550f
I chased the picture to there using the filename.

I really like the slimline and the dolphin tank. That guy does beautiful work.
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The tank and seat were one-offed by Benjie's Cafe' Racers; they call it an "armadillo" tank. Here's their site:
http://www.benjiescaferacer.com/bcrtanks.html

I only know this stuff from this site.
http://www.bikeexif.com/benjie%E2%80...e-honda-cb550f
I chased the picture to there using the filename.

I really like the slimline and the dolphin tank. That guy does beautiful work.
The husband of a friend of mine just wrecked his hyabusa last week. Broke 2 ribs, his neck in 4 places, mangled his knee and rashed his right arm. My wife said I'm not getting a bike. But if I find a 70s CB that needs some TLC, you never know....
Fantastic website!
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Found some cool ideas here...
http://www.bezbrige.com/index.php/Wo...-concepts.html

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