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Author Topic: New guy, first project bike! CB750  (Read 766 times)

Offline logie_t

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New guy, first project bike! CB750
« on: Dec 22, 2016, 17:40:44 »
Hello everyone!

New here and new to working on bikes in general. Its been my dream for as long as I can remember to customize my own bike. After reading everything I could find on the internet, and on a complete whim, I purchased a stripped '73 CB750 frame and plan to learn and build my very own custom cafe. One thing I forgot to add is that I have literally 0 experience, ha! But as they say, you gotta start somewhere.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated (and needed). I need to acquire the rest of the bike but look forward to getting this project started.

I suppose my biggest question now is what order should I buy things in?

Thanks and all the best,
Logie T

Offline logie_t

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Re: New guy, first project bike! CB750
« Reply #1 on: Dec 23, 2016, 13:21:15 »
I am going to apologize in advance for the number of questions I ask. I haven't even got the frame in my possession yet and I already feel overwhelmed, ha!

Anyway, I sat down this morning and started a build log, starting with a list of stuff/parts that I will need to order over time.

so far I've only got then frame and the swing arm ordered.

CB750 Build/Parts list:
-GSXR full Front End
-Front brake rotors
-Wiring harness
-gas tank
-seat
-motor
-carbs
-chain
-rear sprocket
-wheels
-rear disk brake kit/caliper
-battery
-motogadget triple clamp and switches
-motogadget wiring components
-oil tank/lines
-gas lines
-rear sets/brackets
-exhaust
-suspension
-headlight
-turn signals
-horn?
-frame loop
-brake light


This is what I've got on my list so far. I'm sure that I have MANY parts missing. What else do I need to add?
I've also ordered a service manual and a couple of books about rebuilding/restoring classic Japanese bikes and cafe racers.

Thanks and all the best,
Logie
« Last Edit: Dec 23, 2016, 14:09:22 by logie_t »

Offline VonYinzer

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Re: New guy, first project bike! CB750
« Reply #2 on: Dec 23, 2016, 18:41:12 »
Wait...

You're literally building it from scratch? Just starting with a bare frame?

If so, you're going to end up spending a pile of money big enough that it would have bought you two complete and running CB750s.

I admire the attitude, but this is 100% the most difficult and expensive route you could possibly take.
« Last Edit: Dec 23, 2016, 18:43:11 by VonYinzer »
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Offline WhyNot

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Re: New guy, first project bike! CB750
« Reply #3 on: Dec 23, 2016, 18:50:25 »
Quite an aggressive approach, welcome and good luck.

Post lots of pix for sure.
2006 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail
1975 Honda CB750K5 needs carb work
1974 Honda CB350F2 needs tins painted exhaust
1972 Honda CB175K2 roller no engine
1972 Honda CB/CL350 Engines need roller
1972 Honda CB100K2 needs kicker shaft
1990 Mitsubishi MM needs engine rebuild

Offline alzcbz

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Re: New guy, first project bike! CB750
« Reply #4 on: Dec 23, 2016, 20:56:37 »
Pick up a donor bike with engine and carbs. Preferably running condition.
73 CL350 Hardtail somethin turned into café
99 ZRX1100-Green
73 CB350G-Sold
89 Hawk GT Race bike-Sold
89 TRX250R-Sold

Offline jag767

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Re: New guy, first project bike! CB750
« Reply #5 on: Dec 23, 2016, 22:21:25 »
Hello everyone!

New here and new to working on bikes in general. Its been my dream for as long as I can remember to customize my own bike. After reading everything I could find on the internet, and on a complete whim, I purchased a stripped '73 CB750 frame and plan to learn and build my very own custom cafe. One thing I forgot to add is that I have literally 0 experience, ha! But as they say, you gotta start somewhere.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated (and needed). I need to acquire the rest of the bike but look forward to getting this project started.

I suppose my biggest question now is what order should I buy things in?

Thanks and all the best,
Logie T

I'm usually not the guy to poo poo on someone's parade, but, if your plan is to build a bike from literally nothing, having never turned a wrench on a bike ever, you're trying to run blindfolded with 2 knives in each hand pointed at your chest,  whilst having your shoe laces tied together.

Offline Rider52

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Re: New guy, first project bike! CB750
« Reply #6 on: Dec 23, 2016, 23:38:45 »
I don't know where you are located, but I suggest you get that frame legal (title/registration) before you invest any major money in the project.
Projects
74 Yamaha TX650
Sweep the Floor Project
3 Assorted Honda CL 72 scramblers in a million pieces
3 Harleys in constant state of sorrow and a Buell
1978 Yamaha Chappy 80 burning up the highway
Cut my motor in half Sportster to Shortster

Offline cbrianroll

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Re: New guy, first project bike! CB750
« Reply #7 on: Dec 24, 2016, 00:36:24 »
Ambitious!.....I also think as a first build with only a frame is costly venture. Maybe start tinkering with a runner first, maybe something with a single carb? Or As suggested, If i were doing it i would get a running/ridable donor bike, fix/mod/paint frame and start stripping/painting/installing parts as you go. You'll be able focus on sections easier and not get overwhelmed as easily. You gotta start somewhere,..heck....I just changed a transmission gear for the first time.  Ive never built a cb750 so ill be of little use, Just have a solid plan and ask for advice! Great guys here who know their stuff. Get the factory service manual! Good luck on your build hope to see pics soon.

Offline logie_t

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Re: New guy, first project bike! CB750
« Reply #8 on: Dec 24, 2016, 01:49:15 »
Hey Everyone-

thanks for the input! I searched high and low but the only one I could find in the area was completely restored and the owner is asking nearly $10k for. I am fully prepared for the cost as I am fully expecting for this project to take 2+ years. I will definitely keep looking for a donor bike but I have a very specific picture in my head.

all the best,
Logie