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Author Topic: First ever cafe build progress report  (Read 49913 times)

Offline biker_reject

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First ever cafe build progress report
« on: Jul 21, 2009, 12:35:51 »
I really hadn't planned on doing a build diary, so I'm a bit short on the detailed pics.  These were all shot with my phone cam.


An ugly thing with lots of potential!  I drove 300 miles to get this bike.  10k on the clock and runs like a Swiss watch.


Stripped of the ugliness... Its inner beauty becoming apparent

Mock up of seat...

Ebay score on the CB900 shocks!  Note the mock up of subframe.  This was to ensure the seat pan would have ample support and I think it also serves to stiffen the frame.  I also (with the help of a friend) welded tabs for the new side covers (not shown unfortunately).


Got tired of stripping the many layers of paint... so I set it back on the bike to admire it

Mock up of tach position...

Worked on this one afternoon.  The neighbors were wondering what the hell I was banging on!

Got the frame back from powdercoating...


This thing is a beast to muscle around!  One of the things I love about the CB750 is the huge bulging engine.  It's absolutely bad-ass!


Scored some fork boots.  I bought a set of dust seals and used contact cement to join them to the boots.  Made for a nice finished look.  I want to shorten up the fender,  bob it in the rear, and make it a hugger.  I made one wheel out of three bad ones!  Learned how to lace a wheel via youtube though it took me about 4-5 tries.  Got to have the patience of a bass fisherman.  Wait, I am a bass fisherman!




Polished my ASS off on this thing.  The case covers were heavily pitted/oxidized.  I had to psyche myself up to drill out the sprocket cover, but I was pleased with the result.

The carbs likewise took a long time to clean out and polish.


More laborious polishing!

Mock up of proposed levers.  Quickie template broke!

Shift and brake levers mostly done.  There's almost $100.00 worth of SS hex head screws and NOS valve cover bolts on this thing!

Cut these out with electric metal sheers, not exactly a finesse tool!  Smoothed them out on the bench grinder

Under tray template




Took the big CB to a shop to get a quote on paint and perhaps some mods to the seat pan...  $2200.00 US!!!  I stood there like an idiot.  I don't deal well with sticker shock.  That was so over my threshold of pain!  At any rate, the bike got to go on the road for a couple of days!  Trailer queen!
« Last Edit: Jul 26, 2009, 04:18:34 by biker_reject »

Offline JRK5892

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Re: First ever cafe build progress report
« Reply #1 on: Jul 21, 2009, 13:06:00 »
LOOKING GREAT! THAT MOTOR CAME OUT INSANE!!!
Joe
"your life is an occasion, Stand up to it"
www.thepowderpro.com

recent builds: Hd street bob, TX cafe, KZ bratt, Goldwing tour, bratt wing, st fighter, road king, vriago bobber, chop, FXD, 1200 sporty, 1200xl sporty, GSXR, Royal enfield.. and more

Offline MN_TX650

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Re: First ever cafe build progress report
« Reply #2 on: Jul 21, 2009, 13:08:05 »
$2200 TO PAINT A SEAT AND TANK!?!

Offline biker_reject

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Re: First ever cafe build progress report
« Reply #3 on: Jul 21, 2009, 13:27:20 »
$2200 TO PAINT A SEAT AND TANK!?!

Crazy, eh?  And I know one of the shop owners!  Yeah, he was cutting me a break with $40.00 an hour discount.  Guess I'll be buying some bondo, scrapers and filler primer, huh?  :D

Offline JRK5892

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Re: First ever cafe build progress report
« Reply #4 on: Jul 21, 2009, 13:37:37 »
well they are out of their F'n MINDS!!! i know completely custom air bursh artists that woud not charge NEAR that! not even CLOSE!!!! i had a bagger custom painted with blue real flames, black pearl base coat, inner fairing and a patch work on one of the bags... that is a total of 2 hard bags, rear fender, side covers, tank, dash, fairing, inner fairing, front fender, and the patch work and that ran me 2100
had 4 coats of clear on it as well all done in house of color
they are out of their minds!
Joe
"your life is an occasion, Stand up to it"
www.thepowderpro.com

recent builds: Hd street bob, TX cafe, KZ bratt, Goldwing tour, bratt wing, st fighter, road king, vriago bobber, chop, FXD, 1200 sporty, 1200xl sporty, GSXR, Royal enfield.. and more

Offline xulf13

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Re: First ever cafe build progress report
« Reply #5 on: Jul 23, 2009, 14:49:29 »
VERY nice build, Funny thing is your tank now looks sorta like an 82 seca tank like mine, LOL I dig it a lot.  I noticed you cut out the ears where the stock side panels mounted onto. I did the same on my SECA.

Your engine looks awsome. Well the whole thing looks awsome.

Keep up the good work.

Offline boomshakalaka

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Re: First ever cafe build progress report
« Reply #6 on: Jul 29, 2009, 04:00:51 »
second gens always looked kinda fugly to me.. this however is opening my eyes.. seriously the things people successfully cafe on this forum are crazy!

Offline biker_reject

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Re: First ever cafe build progress report
« Reply #7 on: Jul 29, 2009, 11:05:56 »
Thanks!  The only thing I'm worried about is the problems I could encounter using pod filters.  My mechanic friend says it is just a matter of proper jetting.  Some posts on other forums insist these CV carbs absolutely can't be tuned without the stock airbox.  I admit aesthetics take precedent with this build and I would hate to see that ugly thing placed back on the bike.

Offline JRK5892

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Re: First ever cafe build progress report
« Reply #8 on: Jul 29, 2009, 11:22:25 »
that is a two way street.  The guy that dyno's my builds for me is going to help me tune my CB350... he said that with some lolly pops, and longer pipes, setting the lolly pops early in the tube after the bend they will tune in no problem (with V stacks) so that is what i am doing, got some long fish tails for mine.  dont know though, he says it is not going to be a problem but i know that the one my buddy had in college we tried jet after jet and never got it to run SPOT ON wiht his pods and stock pipes... but it looked WAY better so we left it, just got a bit of back fire every now and then down shifting... i just wish i could remember what jets we ended up leaving in there!
Joe
"your life is an occasion, Stand up to it"
www.thepowderpro.com

recent builds: Hd street bob, TX cafe, KZ bratt, Goldwing tour, bratt wing, st fighter, road king, vriago bobber, chop, FXD, 1200 sporty, 1200xl sporty, GSXR, Royal enfield.. and more

Offline biker_reject

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Re: First ever cafe build progress report
« Reply #9 on: Jul 29, 2009, 11:42:45 »
I have a 4 into 1 header and planned on fitting a resonator tip, again for looks (flame on, dudes).  The can is not a free flow design, more a "silent megaphone" exhaust pipe.  When I test fitted it, a couple of dudes passing by the house asked if it was a drag bike.  Not the look I was going for!  Think a shorty pipe will really f-up tuning???