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Author Topic: Advice please  (Read 720 times)

Offline Ethan

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Advice please
« on: Jul 23, 2018, 10:58:18 »
I have parts of a CL450 that my father gave to me.  I was thinking of doing a cafe racer out of it, but after getting flayed on another forum I'm starting to rethink.  Any thoughts or recommendations from folks with more experience would be greatly welcomed! 

My original vision was something sleek, fun, and fast to cruise around town and over some of the curvy mountain passes here.  I want it to be safe, mechanically sound, and to ride more like a modern bike. 

Offline advCo

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Re: Advice please
« Reply #1 on: Jul 23, 2018, 11:02:59 »
Welcome aboard bud. Don't worry too much about what others say, at the end of the day it is your bike and you can do whatever you want.

Does it have a motor, and more importantly the high pipes? The CL's are cool bikes even in stock trim and they are a factory built scrambler. If it were mine, I'd be going that route and making it into a scrambler style cruiser rather than a street oriented 'cafe racer.' Plus being in Colorado you could throw some knubby tires on there and hit some dirt as well.

At the end of the day, its a 40 year old bike and it will likely never ride like a modern bike no matter what you put on it for modern suspension components. Personally I dislike the look of USD forks, etc, but some upgraded springs and rear shocks can go a long way for improving ride quality.
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Offline The Jimbonaut

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Re: Advice please
« Reply #2 on: Jul 23, 2018, 11:29:48 »
I agree with advCo mate - make this little beast your own.  Not to say that taking advice is a bad idea of course but when it comes to the style, man it's all about doing your own thing.  I'm really new to this custom world too and have made plenty of foul ups, but learnt as much from them as I did by the things I did right.  Take any negativity with a pinch of salt - here on the DTT however you'll get lots of positivity and constructive help which should help steer you through your decisions.

Welcome aboard mate, ask tons of questions and enjoy the ride =)
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Re: Advice please
« Reply #3 on: Jul 23, 2018, 11:32:41 »
Let me guess... You got the "but they're rare, you can't cut it up, it's worth X" speech?

Eff 'em. As it sits in that pic, it would cost you double the final value to restore it properly.

And as ADV stated, it's yours. Do whatever you want to it.

To add on to some of the things he also said, yeah it'll never handle like a modern bike but you can make it handle better. Better shocks. A more modern or better sorted front end (think 90s, non USD CBR600 forks or the like). That stuff goes a long way when sorting out the handling on an old bike like this.
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Offline Ethan

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Re: Advice please
« Reply #4 on: Jul 23, 2018, 11:36:07 »
Thanks advCo.  It does have a motor, though its missing some significant parts (clutch, stator, carbs, covers, etc.) and the high pipes are in great shape.  Definitely keeping the high pipes as that what is unique and cool about this bike.  I'm a mountain biker, but not much of a dirt bike rider.  I know too many guys that have been busted up on dirt bikes. ;)


« Last Edit: Jul 23, 2018, 11:41:27 by Ethan »

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Re: Advice please
« Reply #5 on: Jul 23, 2018, 11:40:00 »
Thanks advCo.  It does have a motor, though its missing some significant parts (clutch, stator, carbs, covers, etc.) and the high pipes are in great shape.  Definitely keeping the high pipes as that what is unique and cool about this bike.  I'm a mountain biker, but not much of a dirt bike rider.  I know too many guys that have been busted up on dirt bikes. ;)

Nice. The high pipes are awesome. Not saying necessarily a dirt bike as this thing is too heavy for hardcore dirt riding. But some knobbies and decent suspension and you'll at least be able to cross a dirt road when you come to one. The best part about a "scrambler" in my opinion.
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Offline Sderbyshire

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Re: Advice please
« Reply #6 on: Jul 23, 2018, 12:11:26 »
Engine looks like itíll clean up nicely, dont see any broken fins etc, do you have the missing parts?

I see you have a box of nitrile gloves, this may be a two box job :-)

Steve

Offline Ethan

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Re: Advice please
« Reply #7 on: Jul 23, 2018, 12:35:53 »
Engine looks like itíll clean up nicely, dont see any broken fins etc, do you have the missing parts?

I see you have a box of nitrile gloves, this may be a two box job :-)

Steve

Working on finding all the missing parts.  Did a complete tear down just to see what I was missing.  Internals look good.

Definitely gonna need lots of gloves for this one!  Got a box for me and a box for my son.  He turned 10 today and is a major gear head.

Offline Mcgoo

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Re: Advice please
« Reply #8 on: Jul 23, 2018, 13:05:46 »
It's your bike - build what appeals to you.
Take a good look at what other people have done with the CB/CL450 and progress from there.
best advice I can give is to start on the motor first - there's no point in spending money on seat hoops and clubman bars if the motor isn't gonna chooch.
Good luck - and post progress so we can follow along.
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Offline DanielK

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Re: Advice please
« Reply #9 on: Jul 23, 2018, 16:51:44 »
My original vision was something sleek, fun, and fast to cruise around town and over some of the curvy mountain passes here.  I want it to be safe, mechanically sound, and to ride more like a modern bike. 

Then thats what you should build. What others think you shuld build is of no interest. It's your time and money  :) So build your sleek and fun bike ;)
--Daniel
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