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Author Topic: Honda cb750 Cafe/Brat build  (Read 577 times)

Offline Dodgerdaddy

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Honda cb750 Cafe/Brat build
« on: May 04, 2018, 09:23:38 »
I just received my motor back from Cyclex (great guys to deal with) managed to unload and install it in the frame with a friends help. But now my back is screwed and I will have to let it sit a few days so I can recover.
Motor is now a 915cc

Offline RaM

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Re: Honda cb750 Cafe/Brat build
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2018, 10:27:35 »
Looks great!

I'm looking to do my rims the same style as yours, all blacked out. What finish did you use on the spokes? paint or powder?

Offline Dodgerdaddy

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Re: Honda cb750 Cafe/Brat build
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2018, 10:42:28 »
I had the wheel sandblasted then used VHT roll bar paint in matte, same on the frame.

Offline MiniatureNinja

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Re: Honda cb750 Cafe/Brat build
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2018, 14:18:28 »
I had the wheel sandblasted then used VHT roll bar paint in matte, same on the frame.

how durable have you found the paint to be? I'm about to do the same to mine and am a bit concerned over the durability vs powdercoat
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'75 Honda CB360 - thread

Offline Dodgerdaddy

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Re: Honda cb750 Cafe/Brat build
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2018, 16:26:32 »
I had the same concern but so far no problem. I am having the tires installed this weekend and I let you know how they hold up.

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Re: Honda cb750 Cafe/Brat build
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2018, 16:39:27 »
That 915's gonna be a rocket ship.  I'm on board.  Also curious what your take is on cost vs. end result on Cycle X.  Specs on the work completed?
Half the fun's in the get there...

Offline Dodgerdaddy

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Re: Honda cb750 Cafe/Brat build
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2018, 18:19:01 »
Here is the parts list and machine work, I know in advance it would be expensive.

Parts List
•   Connecting Rods: Cycle X Super Rods (ENL-001): $525.00
•   Connecting Rod Bolts and Nuts: ARP Upgrade: $99.00
•   Primary Chains: Cryo Primary Chains (ENV-004A): $119.95
•   Cam Chain: Cryo Cam Chain (ENV-012A): $139.00
•   Primary Tensioner: (ENV-005): $125.95
•   Clutch: Clutch Plates (ENL-014): $49.00
•   Ignition: Power arc Ignition (EL-012): $349.00
•   Piston Set: 915cc Pistons (Armor Glide Coated) (ENP-915): $559.95
•   Camshaft: CX3: $227.00
•   Camshaft Sprocket: OEM Adjustable Camshaft Sprocket Combo (CS-017B): $49.95
•   Valve Springs: ENV-026 - Bee-Hive Valve Spring Kit - $239.00
•   Cylinder Studs: Super Stud and Heavy-Duty Stud Nut Combo (ENV-CXC): $165.95
•   Magnetic Oil Drain Pug (OL-017): $23.95
•   Valve Set: Super Flow Valves (ENV-015): $149.00
•   Valve Guides: Cast Iron Valve Guides (ENV-CIG): $99.00
•   Gasket Set: Gasket Set with MLS Head Gasket (ENG-001): $199.95
•   Carburetors: Mikuni RS34mm (CA-000): $725.00
•   Cam Chain Tensioner: (ENV-006A): $139.00
•   Main Bearings (ENL-016): $139.00
•   Rod Bearings (ENL-013): $99.99
•   Misc. Hardware/Shop Supply: $100.00 (
•   Carburetor Rubbers: $89.00
•   Oil Pressure Gauge (OL-014): $59.95
•   Clutch Shims: (ENL-024): $12.95
•   Mikuni Filters: $89.99
•   Balanced Rotor: $59.00
•   Oil Filter: $3.99
•   Titanium Rocker Arm Jam Nut Set (ENV-321): $49.95
•   Rapid Fire Exhaust: $549.00

Parts List Total $5237.47

Machine Work
•   Bore and Hone: Big Bore Cylinder Work (900cc and above)
Includes: Glass bead cylinder, remove sleeves, surface bottom of block, bore and hone block and install sleeves, surface top, bore and final hone: $375.00
•   Head Option: #4 Head Option (Ported): $775.00
•   Crank: (Stock Weight) Balancing (Deluxe Version): $199.00
•   Transmission: Pro Cut Race Transmission (ENL-011-PRO): $385.00
•   Chain Wheel: Chain Wheel Rebuilt and Balanced: $250.00
•   Rebuilt Oil Pump: (OL-086): $86.95
Machine Work Total $2070.95

Offline Brent

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Re: Honda cb750 Cafe/Brat build
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2018, 18:52:16 »
Never add up the cost of a hobby.

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Re: Honda cb750 Cafe/Brat build
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2018, 18:59:57 »
Never add up the cost of a hobby.
No need.  My wife does it for me.
"I'm telling you Donnie, nuthin' but nuthin' but right"

Offline Dodgerdaddy

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Re: Honda cb750 Cafe/Brat build
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2018, 19:20:13 »
Oh that’s not the total my wife say, I have been mailing money orders to Cyclex for a few months to get the balance down to meet my original approved budget.

Offline The Limey

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Re: Honda cb750 Cafe/Brat build
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2018, 21:03:55 »
Looking gewd.  The trick with cradle frames is to lay the motor on its side and carefully lower the frame sideways over it.  Much easier to handle the frame around the motor than the motor into the frame.
I was born a rocker.  I'll die a rocker.  And I'm proud of it.


Online WhyNot

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Re: Honda cb750 Cafe/Brat build
« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2018, 06:56:53 »
All I can say is......"wow"...................

2006 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail
1975 Honda CB750K5 needs carb work
1974 Honda CB350F2 needs tins painted (being lazy)
1972 Honda CB175K2 roller no engine
1972 Honda CB/CL350 Engines need roller
1972 Honda SL350K2 Frame for above engine
1972 Honda CB100K2 needs kicker shaft
1990 Mitsubishi MM needs engine rebuild
1984 Dodge D50 Beater DD since 1997

Offline Dodgerdaddy

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Re: Honda cb750 Cafe/Brat build
« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2018, 15:17:50 »
Yes we put the motor on it’s right side and the frame went on super easy, wrenched my back getting the pallet out of the pickup.

Offline Dodgerdaddy

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Re: Honda cb750 Cafe/Brat build
« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2018, 20:12:36 »
Just picked up the wheels from Cycle Gear and the VHT rollbar paint still looks great, the guy who mounted the tires thought they had been powder coated.

Offline MiniatureNinja

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Re: Honda cb750 Cafe/Brat build
« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2018, 21:57:10 »
awesome. you did the painting right? just the VHT to the raw metal right? looks amazing
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'75 Honda CB360 - thread

Offline Dodgerdaddy

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Re: Honda cb750 Cafe/Brat build
« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2018, 09:04:20 »
After sandblasting gave a thorough blasting with an air hose and put the VHT on direct. I did a small paint booth out of pvc and plastic with a cheap box fan in the wall. Used cheap furnace filters over fan and a few heat lamps. I put wire around the wheel where the rim strips go, which made it easy to roll the wheel between coats. I did have to fix a few areas that I had runs just waited about a week to cure then it was sandable and I resprayed the area. I found a thread that said put paint thinner on a cloth and when you could rub and area and no paint would come off on the cloth you can sand. Tried this on the inside of the rim.