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My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  CJ on Fri 3 Jul - 22:26

I think it's a good time to make a 'project-topic'.

I bought this bike 3 weeks ago. The plan is to convert it to a caferacer.
As you see I have a lot of questions, but hey, that's where a forum is for right?

The evening I bought it.










This was the easy part.
At the moment, the engine is ready for painting.
I want to polish a lot of stuff, but I know now my talent is in a different area. Mad

Furder plans: a bit standard
clip ons
progressive shock absorbers (front)
rearset
clean look
megaton exhaust.

Thats it for now.

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Re: My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  TinTin on Fri 3 Jul - 23:14

nice start of the project. And don't worry about changing things later, just get it up and running as a basic cafÚ and add/remove stuff along the way. Best way to do it at least you'll have a running bike as you go along...
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Re: My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  650zed on Sat 4 Jul - 7:55

Very cool project, and it looks like you also have a very cool place to build it!
Lots of fun...!

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Re: My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  marc on Mon 6 Jul - 10:51

Nice base for a Cafe,

Keep us updated!! Cool
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Post  Toecutter on Mon 6 Jul - 22:23

Idd succes m8 , and what a nice workplace you have ! Very Happy

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Re: My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  CJ on Tue 7 Jul - 8:28

Thanks guys!

I do like my workspace too

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Re: My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  Hofman on Tue 7 Jul - 12:47

Good luck with everything!!!

You are beginning from a stripped down frame, and that is always a good start Very Happy
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Re: My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  andreas on Tue 7 Jul - 21:16

Hi CJ, see under "tech tutorials" here you find some tipps in polishing parts. Start with small parts, so you get a feeling for pressure, speed, temperatur, different polish wheels. It`s not so big work, but to polish a big sidecover from the motor is another story. Sometimes it will be better to give it away, cause you need a strong, fixed machine - and wheels minimun 25cm diameter. So any question? mail me. If you need powdercoated parts i can arrange it. Think about buying a small sandblastcabbin - great tool to prepare parts!!
I like your old Honda - with a sporty exhaust it will be a big optic change - pic for you from a CB400 four for inspiration
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Re: My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  CJ on Tue 7 Jul - 21:30

I can use (and have used) a small sand blasting box at my work.

Today I bought a polishing disc, diameter 17,5 cm. for my benchmachine.
So I think that will go better. Very Happy

Tell me more about the powdercoating.
Today I spent a lot of time on the telephone and internet.

Maybe I don't look in the right direction, but till now, I didn't find a lot of adresses scratch

ANYBODY: do you know a powdercoat company. (noord holland, or somewhere else)

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Re: My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  andreas on Tue 7 Jul - 23:51

CJ wrote:I can use (and have used) a small sand blasting box at my work.

Today I bought a polishing disc, diameter 17,5 cm. for my benchmachine.
So I think that will go better. Very Happy

Tell me more about the powdercoating.
Today I spent a lot of time on the telephone and internet.

Maybe I don't look in the right direction, but till now, I didn't find a lot of adresses scratch

ANYBODY: do you know a powdercoat company. (noord holland, or somewhere else)

Hi CJ - not in Holland. send me a pic from the parts you want to coat over PM message. Than i can make you an offer.

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Re: My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  CJ on Thu 16 Jul - 22:39

Update:

Frame (completely) and wheels are to the sandblaster (actually glas)and powdercoater.
It's gonna be shiny black. The spokes are gonna be chrome. I can pick it up in about 4 weeks.
That's what happens with two different holidays .
The problem with the brake caliper is solved. THANKS BURNER!!!
(you send an ugly broke brake caliper and two days later you get it back: clean, primed and with a working bleeder!!!)

Furhtermore I spent a LOT!!! of time trying to polish my aluminium parts.
The result is to bad to show

Thats it for now.

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Re: My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  CJ on Mon 3 Aug - 20:42

Hi guys,

Just back from my holiday.
This week I want to spray my engine.
Which spays did you use or reccoment.

I can't heat the engine after I sprayed. (because it's freaking heavy!! and I can't put it in the oven.)

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Re: My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  Dave on Mon 3 Aug - 20:55

I use motip heat resistant for all hot parts, normal motip is good for the egine, the best colors I've seen are levis paint
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Re: My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  1973 cb 450 on Sun 30 Aug - 18:14

what is not happening with the polish on the aluminium? i work w/that meatal everyday maybe i can help.

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Re: My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  CJ on Fri 25 Sep - 15:35

So, it's time for a sitrep (situation report).

8 weeks ago, I unexpectedly had to leave for work. I had to go to the caribean.
Now I'm back and already began to get further with the project.

Photo's next week.

I have a question for the insiders.
I want new shocks. I think I will go for HAGON. Can somebody explain the difference between custom and road shocks. Appart from the price Very Happy

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Re: My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  andreas on Sat 26 Sep - 10:49

CJ wrote:So, it's time for a sitrep (situation report).

8 weeks ago, I unexpectedly had to leave for work. I had to go to the caribean.
Now I'm back and already began to get further with the project.

Photo's next week.

I have a question for the insiders.
I want new shocks. I think I will go for HAGON. Can somebody explain the difference between custom and road shocks. Appart from the price Very Happy

CJ

Hi CJ, i think between custom an road it is only a chrom cover for optic impression. Same for SR500. But if you want really good shocks - invest in Wilbers custom made version - expencive but best you can buy - Íhlins are no option for you. You can create the complet shock on any "Wilbers" dealer. That mean, springtyp, colour, with extra resevoir , higher, lower, gas adjust etc. Think about this, because it will be very importend in riding your bike. If you go to a POLO shop, you can buy it with monthly pay without extra costs! (for ex. over 12 mounth)
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Re: My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  CJ on Sat 26 Sep - 14:44

All right,
Time for some pictures. I know what you're thinking: 'that's not a lot of work for 8 weeks' but you know why

Next week I'm going to pick up my frame and rims from the powdercoater


Engine is ready for painting.


Did some painting to start with.
First time: 'to thick' Evil or Very Mad So sand again and spray again.


Polished the front fender


Other polished stuff (there's more small things) THANK YOU ANDREAS


Now i'm busy with my gaugefaces. Disassembly not the hardest thing I ever did.
I now have this problem: my new gauges doesn't have enough pixels. So when I print them, they become blurred.

Does anybody know where I can find some black ones with enough pixels?

That's it for now.

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Re: My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  andreas on Sat 26 Sep - 20:54

Hi CJ - good start - i`m sure this will be a nice Honda - but this is easy if we see you startbasic
So send more pics of your work - what`s about the exhaust - do you change this part ??
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Go on www.cb750classic.com - her you find what you looking for ( gauges faces!)
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Re: My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  CJ on Sun 27 Sep - 12:14

Go on www.cb750classic.com - her you find what you looking for ( gauges faces!)

That doesn't work.

BTW: Wilbers shocks: a bit to expensive affraid , maybe later......

About the exhaust: I want a megaton. Exhaust that you see is from a Yamaha Divirsion. Maybe I have to use it to make the megaton fit. Like Hofman did.

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Re: My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  andreas on Sun 27 Sep - 13:14

CJ wrote:
Go on www.cb750classic.com - her you find what you looking for ( gauges faces!)

That doesn't work.

BTW: Wilbers shocks: a bit to expensive affraid , maybe later......

About the exhaust: I want a megaton. Exhaust that you see is from a Yamaha Divirsion. Maybe I have to use it to make the megaton fit. Like Hofman did.

Sorry CJ it┤s www.cb750cafe.com


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Re: My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  CJ on Tue 29 Sep - 22:57

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad

Putting back together my speedometer. Looks like the needle brooke of when I disassembled it!

The gaugeface looks great! Now a new speedometer to put it on.

Does anybody has one for a cb750 F1?

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Re: My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  Toecutter on Tue 29 Sep - 23:21

Great work CJ , im curious dude. By the speedometer you mean the needle from the cable itself ?

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Re: My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  CJ on Tue 29 Sep - 23:51

I mean your 'dashboard'.

What broke is the pin where on the needle is placed.
So I cannot but back the needle. (because the pin broked)


Still pissed off!

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Re: My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  CJ on Fri 16 Oct - 21:41

Fixed the speedo meter. Photo's to come.

Had some presents for my birthday (last friday)





It was the last original Megaton (how lucky am I???)

Today I spent some time to assemble my front end.
Has anybody experience with taking out the rubbers (keeringen).
What a PITA!!

Tomorow I will sent my carbs for sonic cleaning.

CJ

PS: PITA (Pain In The Ass)
PS2: Greetings to my little brother down under,

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Re: My first bike (CB 750 F1)

Post  andreas on Fri 16 Oct - 23:02

Hi CJ - it`s easy to take them out. Take a big screwdriver and a piece off wood. Put the wood on the egde to protect it, and use the driver to press out the seals. If you warm it up ( hairdryer or blowheater) it goes much easier. What`s with the first meeting - i wait for you !!!!

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