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Author Topic: 1971 Honda 175cc Cafe Build  (Read 23998 times)

Offline dcbryan

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1971 Honda 175cc Cafe Build
« on: Apr 16, 2012, 13:50:23 »
Hey everybody, my first post here and my second motorcycle build project.  My first, was this XS650 I built for myself last summer.

I started this project when a girl I know told me she wanted a bike. It didn't take much convincing before I found a Craigslist ad and was driving out with my dad's truck to pick up these two Honda 175s for $550.



The blue one is a CL175 and the orange one is an SL175, both 1971. The major difference is the CL has a stamped frame and the SL has a standard all tube frame.  The CL motor looked to be in better shape so I was planning (maybe still am) on swapping the engines.  Originally I'd planned on building just one bike and using the other as a donor for parts. But I've since decided that it'd be best to have two running bikes. So after we finish the CL175 cafe project, we'll get the SL running and sell it to recoup some of them money we spent on the build.




Stripping down the CL




First thing I did was swap the forks and trees. I borrowed this XL125 (edit- actually XL175) from the junk yard and took the whole front end off. 




At this point my garage reached vintage-motorcycle-nirvana. My house mates weren't nearly as excited about this as I was. Pictured clockwise - 81 XS650, XL175, 80 CB750, 71 SL175, 71 CL175!!!




Now that I don't have a cap style triple tree I could push the forks through and have more room to run these 31mm clipons, which we found here in town at Vicious Cycle.




Next we headed back to the junk yard and started digging through their room full of gas tanks. Decided we liked the look of the center tank, which I swear is a cb160 tank. And yes, it's missing the knee pads, the gas cap and the petcock. But she had to have.




Paid $20 for the tank, brought it home cut off the old brackets and welded on some new ones. Here's the future rider trying out her bike. I, being 6'3" look ridiculous on this tiny thing. Her on the other hand...pretty good fit, right?




Next we stripped the paint off the tank.




Got a seat built over at Glass From The Past. The fiarings aren't for me, thought it looked sweet though.




Got the seat fitted on the frame after cutting off the rear loop and grinding down some old welds.




The seat is now getting upholstered and I'm making good progress on rebuilding both engines.



I'll keep dumping iphone pictures here as the build continues. And I am gonna have some questions here in the future, so anybody that's built 175s, leave me a comment.

« Last Edit: May 01, 2012, 16:25:41 by dcbryan »

Offline JustinLonghorn

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Re: 1971 Honda 175cc Cafe Build
« Reply #1 on: Apr 16, 2012, 13:52:56 »
I am on board.
I'm going to eat your brains and gain your knowledge.

Into The Sunset, CB750 build

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Offline SONIC.

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Re: 1971 Honda 175cc Cafe Build
« Reply #2 on: Apr 16, 2012, 13:57:36 »
Looks like a cool build. Those bikes are ROUGH! looks like you've got your work cut out for you.

Offline spazzed

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Re: 1971 Honda 175cc Cafe Build
« Reply #3 on: Apr 16, 2012, 14:09:33 »
Where is this junkyard with a room full of $20 tanks?!  Amazing!

Offline dcbryan

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Re: 1971 Honda 175cc Cafe Build
« Reply #4 on: Apr 16, 2012, 14:13:00 »
Where is this junkyard with a room full of $20 tanks?!  Amazing!

Haha, if you're from Portland, I'll tell you.  Otherwise it's my secret.

Here's proof that it does exist
« Last Edit: Apr 16, 2012, 14:22:29 by dcbryan »

Offline jinx2350

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Re: 1971 Honda 175cc Cafe Build
« Reply #5 on: Apr 16, 2012, 16:11:09 »
Looking good! Been following some of this already on instagram. I'm acheatham.  I live in Portland, and I'd love to know where this motorcycle graveyard is.  My CB550 needs a tank, or at least some inspiration to fix up the to terrible ones I've got.

Looking good! love the tank choice.

Offline born2expire

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Re: 1971 Honda 175cc Cafe Build
« Reply #6 on: Apr 16, 2012, 17:34:22 »
build is awesome, if i were you i would buy some more 20$ tanks and sell on ebay to fund more of this project. could turn some 20$ tanks into 80-100$ tanks just saying
STRAIGHT EDGE
73' CB350 "fools gold"
76' CB360T
74' DT175 "blue magic"

Offline Azbiker

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Re: 1971 Honda 175cc Cafe Build
« Reply #7 on: Apr 16, 2012, 23:41:40 »
Im liking this. Building a 71 CL175 myself right now. I like the tank selection.

Offline teazer

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Re: 1971 Honda 175cc Cafe Build
« Reply #8 on: Apr 17, 2012, 00:47:32 »
The tank is a CL160 or CL175 sloper.  BTW the clipons are upside down.

Everyone should have at least one cb160/175/200 in their lives.

Offline facefirst35

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Re: 1971 Honda 175cc Cafe Build
« Reply #9 on: Apr 17, 2012, 10:35:42 »
Just picked up a '70 CL175 yesterday.  Definitely keeping my eye on this build!