Starting my first Cafe project. I've been lurking for a while, taking notes and getting items gathered together. I'm so happy I found this site, it's absolutly the best one out there, full of great info and helpfull individuals.
Now I'm ready to start the process, and I feel a bit like a kid. I recently purchased a running '72 CL 350, with title. I also picked up a '71 CB 350 frame, with an out of state title. I got the '72 tag and title put in my name, but need to build the '71 before transfering it's title because the DMV wants to see a bike, not just a frame. So, my plan is to strip the running '72 CL and build up the '71 frame.
My first step was to take the '71 frame to Rick Breckon of Royal Weld Mfg, of Longwood, FL. He's going to strengthen the frame, cut off the brackets I won't use and weld on the ones I'll need. I came across his name in an online article about building Cafes', so I decided to give him a call as he's local to my area. He's got a wealth of experience with the CB 350s. We spent over an hour discussing different options and he showed me around his shop. Once again, I felt like a kid in a candy shop!
So, while he's working on the frame, my next move is to find a front end. I'll be replacing the steering column bearings and looking for a front end with 35mm forks. I'd like to do the upgrade mainly for the disk breaks, but will definitly be using spoked rims, so if anyone has ideas please let me know. I've looked through the forum and read a lot on the subject, but I always enjoy hearing the latest comments/ideas.