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Author Topic: 1971 HONDA CL450 cafe build  (Read 19966 times)

Offline mark13018

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1971 HONDA CL450 cafe build
« on: Jan 27, 2013, 08:03:14 »
Alright. Finally I'm going to post some of my latest cafe project.. It's winter here in Indiana and slow moving for everything. I don't know how much I'll be able to load a lot of pictures for sure but I'll try to keep updates in here and hopefully can upload a lot of pics.

This first picture is what I started with. Picked it up from someone who got it from their dad and it had sat for 30 years or so and the engine was still free. It has 6800 miles or so on it. It was really what I wanted for my own personal cafe since I had a cb200, cb550 four, and cb750 and I had a cb450 that I rode and liked the best out of the mix of Honda's I've ridden but I like the high pipes so I sold the cb450 to my brother for his cafe and found me this cl450. I'm a little guy at only 5'3" and this bike is a perfect fit for me and a perfect mix in my opinion of power to weight.

  Feel free to comment and watch. I accept criticism well and would love feedback and tips if you have any. Thanks for looking!
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1971 CL450 cafe "Project Amelia" 
1979 Kawasaki KZ650 "Blue Bessie"
1982 Kawasaki KZ305 CSR belt "Project X"
1995 Honda Magna Deluxe
1987 Honda Super Magna - sold :-(
2006 Honda CBR600RR
1964 CB77 superhawk
1965 CL72 scrambler
2013 honda metropolitan

Offline mark13018

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Re: 1971 HONDA CL450 cafe build
« Reply #1 on: Jan 27, 2013, 08:43:20 »
Here is how it is currently. A huge pile of parts on the floor and some stuff waiting for parts. I bought a cb450 triple tree so I can lower the front end. Rebuilding forks and using new style steering bearings. The one fork boot was ruined and I'm unsure if I'll be putting fork boots back on or leaving them off. I've heard mixed ideas either way.

 I have mikuni carbs, k&n air filters, pirelli sport demon tires, the tank and seat are from legendary motorcycles, h4 headlight with led turn signals built in, cool retro bikes slim mufflers, gsxr750 rearsets, and some other things I may be forgetting.

Let me know what you think.

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1971 CL450 cafe "Project Amelia" 
1979 Kawasaki KZ650 "Blue Bessie"
1982 Kawasaki KZ305 CSR belt "Project X"
1995 Honda Magna Deluxe
1987 Honda Super Magna - sold :-(
2006 Honda CBR600RR
1964 CB77 superhawk
1965 CL72 scrambler
2013 honda metropolitan

Offline Hoosier Daddy

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Re: 1971 HONDA CL450 cafe build
« Reply #2 on: Jan 27, 2013, 08:51:09 »
Looking good from here Mark, I have checked out those Legendary tanks and seats myself, you like the quality? Is the tank lined for ethanol?
Let me know if you need any parts I have a nasty 72 CB450 and may be able to help out.
Where abouts in Hoosier land are you?
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Offline mark13018

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Re: 1971 HONDA CL450 cafe build
« Reply #3 on: Jan 27, 2013, 09:21:22 »
I'm in a small town Leo its just north of fort Wayne.  I may still need some cb450 parts bit I mostly need a set of those pipes.
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1971 CL450 cafe "Project Amelia" 
1979 Kawasaki KZ650 "Blue Bessie"
1982 Kawasaki KZ305 CSR belt "Project X"
1995 Honda Magna Deluxe
1987 Honda Super Magna - sold :-(
2006 Honda CBR600RR
1964 CB77 superhawk
1965 CL72 scrambler
2013 honda metropolitan

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Re: 1971 HONDA CL450 cafe build
« Reply #4 on: Jan 27, 2013, 09:39:35 »
Nice tank, you looking for CB or CL headers?  I have a set of CB headers that I didn't use for sale.
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Re: 1971 HONDA CL450 cafe build
« Reply #5 on: Jan 27, 2013, 10:08:31 »
Yeah, what pipes are you wanting? The first pic of your bike has the CL headers that look really nice... what's wrong with those? I've got none, just curious.
Leo is not too far, I am a little over 25 miles in Kendallville... and Jeezusfreak lives in Huntertown but I don't think we have heard from him in a while.
You ever go to D&A in Decatur?
 
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STAY CLEAN '67 BSA Spitfire
ROCK-IT '81 CB750C
BOMBER '81 GL1100
OVERKILL '80 GS750
NO CLASS '72 CB450 K5

Offline mark13018

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Re: 1971 HONDA CL450 cafe build
« Reply #6 on: Jan 27, 2013, 10:26:01 »
Looking for another set of the same pipes. Nothing is wrong with ones I have but that's the problem. They are almost perfect and I'd hate to cut into them... I love the legendary products. Made amazingly and I'm sure will hold up to a lot of abuse... I want the high pipes and I think someone on here said they had some at one point but I don't remember who it is... I was just in kendallville yesterday and picked up two bikes from a guy.. huntertown is really close.... went to d a once and the 90 yr old guy is a douchebag and a lot of the stuff there isn't even for sale.. I've checked with marley motorsports in columbia city before. He's good and has tons of shit.
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1971 CL450 cafe "Project Amelia" 
1979 Kawasaki KZ650 "Blue Bessie"
1982 Kawasaki KZ305 CSR belt "Project X"
1995 Honda Magna Deluxe
1987 Honda Super Magna - sold :-(
2006 Honda CBR600RR
1964 CB77 superhawk
1965 CL72 scrambler
2013 honda metropolitan

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Re: 1971 HONDA CL450 cafe build
« Reply #7 on: Jan 27, 2013, 11:55:28 »
Yes, please do not cut up those pipes.  They are highly sought after....well you won't get rich, they are Honda parts after all, but they are relatively rare.

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Re: 1971 HONDA CL450 cafe build
« Reply #8 on: Jan 27, 2013, 18:36:59 »
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Offline mark13018

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Re: 1971 HONDA CL450 cafe build
« Reply #9 on: Jan 27, 2013, 19:08:09 »
Hahaha. Yeah, I know but I'd like to get some other nasty cl450 pipes to cut up and sell these. Should be able to come out ahead with positive funds from a transaction like that. Just need someone to sell me a set if pipes cheap.  ;)
need wire for your custom build? Click here!

1971 CL450 cafe "Project Amelia" 
1979 Kawasaki KZ650 "Blue Bessie"
1982 Kawasaki KZ305 CSR belt "Project X"
1995 Honda Magna Deluxe
1987 Honda Super Magna - sold :-(
2006 Honda CBR600RR
1964 CB77 superhawk
1965 CL72 scrambler
2013 honda metropolitan