Where should i buy a hoop?

Wishbone

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Just bought a '77 CB750 and was planning on making it my cafe racer project. I checked online for rear frame hoops but I'm not sure what shops to trust or what I'm looking for. Amazon has done for 30$-50$ but they're stainless steel and other shops have them for 70$-200$ so I'm a bit confused. Any help on where to buy or if it's better to make it myself somehow would be helpful. Thanks!
 

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That bike looks pretty nice, I don't think I would have the guts to cut the frame up if I found such a nice survivor!
 
You can do a nice Cafe on that without cutting the frame. I've seen them. That way you can put it back to stock should you wish.
 
You can do a nice Cafe on that without cutting the frame. I've seen them. That way you can put it back to stock should you wish.
Don't be ridiculus, all "cafe racers" must have a hoop, checkerboard, knee indents, clubman bars and no fenders. Everybody knows that!!! Don't forget to put on pod filters or velocity stacks and have an open triangle. There is also no need to worry about upgrading suspension, brakes, tires or wheels as long as you put on shorter shocks and drop the front end.

Just kidding, don't be that guy that just wants to make a formulaic cafe racer. Mods need to be done with purpose to improve the performance of the bike, not just make it an art piece unless that is your intent. If you are into it strictly for the aesthetics, then you will really need to pay attention to all the details and be meticulous in your choices of parts, materiels and construction.
I am really a form follows function kind of guy and go for as much performance as my budget and skill set will allow and tend to lean towards handling and suspension rather than horsepower.
 
Don't be ridiculus, all "cafe racers" must have a hoop, checkerboard, knee indents, clubman bars and no fenders. Everybody knows that!!! Don't forget to put on pod filters or velocity stacks and have an open triangle. There is also no need to worry about upgrading suspension, brakes, tires or wheels as long as you put on shorter shocks and drop the front end.

Just kidding, don't be that guy that just wants to make a formulaic cafe racer. Mods need to be done with purpose to improve the performance of the bike, not just make it an art piece unless that is your intent. If you are into it strictly for the aesthetics, then you will really need to pay attention to all the details and be meticulous in your choices of parts, materiels and construction.
I am really a form follows function kind of guy and go for as much performance as my budget and skill set will allow and tend to lean towards handling and suspension rather than horsepower.
LOL. Love it. Here is my recent redo of my GL1000. It has suspension upgrades and new paint. Never cut a thing off and it goes back to a 2-up tourer in 5 min with 2 bolts.
 

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Just bought a '77 CB750 and was planning on making it my cafe racer project. I checked online for rear frame hoops but I'm not sure what shops to trust or what I'm looking for. Amazon has done for 30$-50$ but they're stainless steel and other shops have them for 70$-200$ so I'm a bit confused. Any help on where to buy or if it's better to make it myself somehow would be helpful. Thanks!
Replacing the section of frame under the seat, behind the rear shock mounts is only feasible on some bikes. It's been a while since I looked at a CB750 frame (my first was a '77) but it seems to me Honda has a lot of pressed steel braces/flanges etc. that might make a transition to a 'hoop' challenging.

There are lots of bolt-on seat options out there. While a CB750 will never be a real canyon-carver (heavy), for performance focus on improved suspension and brakes. Change out the handlebars for clubmans or clip-ons for a more performance handling riding position, get some lighter weight rims on the bike, some rear-set footpegs/brake/shifter linkages etc.

Cut off the centre stand and ditch anything else that weighs a lot - those frying pan signal lights, massive chrome fenders etc.

Then worry about the seat.
 
The only place I would differ from Tim is to note that clubman bars or clip-ons really reduce the leverage that you need to initiate turns on the CB750 on the street. It is a heavy handling bike, especially with a stock 19" front wheel. I would suggest low rise superbike bars. Reducing weight and improving suspension and brakes is very helpful on that bike. While I personally don't care for the look, this is one of those times that going to an USD fork is a good improvement to make. Lighter weight better suspension, better brakes and a better selection of 17" tires.
 
Replacing the section of frame under the seat, behind the rear shock mounts is only feasible on some bikes. It's been a while since I looked at a CB750 frame (my first was a '77) but it seems to me Honda has a lot of pressed steel braces/flanges etc. that might make a transition to a 'hoop' challenging.

There are lots of bolt-on seat options out there. While a CB750 will never be a real canyon-carver (heavy), for performance focus on improved suspension and brakes. Change out the handlebars for clubmans or clip-ons for a more performance handling riding position, get some lighter weight rims on the bike, some rear-set footpegs/brake/shifter linkages etc.

Cut off the centre stand and ditch anything else that weighs a lot - those frying pan signal lights, massive chrome fenders etc.

Then worry about the seat.
Sage advice from a Jedi Master!
 
I'll put on my VJMC/AMCA hat and talk about value. Right now I can buy 5 Honda CB750 stock frames without titles for less than $100 each. I can buy a titled highly modified hooped frame with a title for $125. I know where there is a titled stock frame which will cost me $500. So the frame value is stock with a title. The same goes for complete motorcycles. The quick selling bikes are stock or very near stock with titles. You have a nice 77 model bike, not yet collectable but in petty decent near stock condition. Personally I wouldn't hoop the frame, but it is your bike to with with as you please. Now I'll put on my modifier hat and offer my suggestions. Lose the hump seat, even a stock seat would look better on that bike. A trimmed stock seat would look even better. I don't know where you are located but if you are anywhere in the South East look up Cheryl Lyons for well done seat upholstery. Then go to VintageCB750 and buy one of their fender eliminator kits. You can get one with or without the taillight. I've included a link to their page. That will slim down the bike and clean up the rear to get rid of that Harley looking taillight and hacked fender combo. https://www.vintagecb750.com/products/133/frame-body/136/fenders
 
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