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post #1 of 9 Old 08-28-2008, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Spoonful of project bike

So I stepped in $^!t again and this little 1982 CM450E literally fell in my lap. We gave it to my father in law as a Christmas gift 10 years ago and now he's renovating the garage it has at idle in for the past 5............

So here are my thoughts. I've been wanting to build a CB750 cafe racer for some time now but since I have this bike maybe I should build this one instead. Let's look at the pics:





Now, let's look at the facts:

Knocks:
-Normal rust and nonsense of neglected bike. NO BFD
-Nasty valve tap from motor. Hopefully just an adjustment
-Kinda raked out for a "race bike"
-Tank probably won't work. Will have to find something squarer/longer
-Breadth of project may be beyond my ability and availability
-A little down on HP

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-Light nimble package
-Parallel twin. Kinda "Bonnie-esque"
-Headers and suspension upgrades available
-Spoked rims and WAY COOL retro drum brakes out front!
-Serviceable condition.
-Probably not a huge outlay here (but that's what everyone says B4 they start). Bike was free.



Here is what a clean one looks like. This bike could also just be cleaned up and turned into a commuter without alot of fanfare, another viable option.





I would like to hear any and all initial thoughts from all you builders/fabricators/project guys out there as to what you would do and how you might go about it. Right now I'm leaning towards going for it. The biggest thing for me is first getting into the motor and making sure it's OK....the second is deciding if it is the right "platform" for a cafe racer.

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-28-2008, 04:35 PM
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IMO: This bike would best be suited for a restoration in stock form. The SOHC 4 cyl. Honda 500/550/750 would be a better choice for a classic cafe racer.

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post #3 of 9 Old 08-28-2008, 06:52 PM
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IMO: This bike would best be suited for a restoration in stock form. The SOHC 4 cyl. Honda 500/550/750 would be a better choice for a classic cafe racer.
Good advice.

This bike might make a good bobber with a hard tail and a nice springer seat though. I guess it depends on what style you want to end up with.

You could sell this and find a nice CL or a CB.

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This bike might make a good bobber with a hard tail and a nice springer seat though.
I like that idea, seems more suited to this style bike than a cafe racer.

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IMO: This bike would best be suited for a restoration in stock form. The SOHC 4 cyl. Honda 500/550/750 would be a better choice for a classic cafe racer.

Great advice Papa smurf, I could not agree more.

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jmo restore it stock sell it and get a 750 for cafe project

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post #7 of 9 Old 08-29-2008, 05:46 PM
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There are any number of possibilities for that donor bike. Sure restored stock is an option, but here is a bike I built for a buddy at the F.D. from a similar donor but a cmx250 rebel. We used as many stock parts as possible for the build.


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hey Royal - you got a problem with rear suspension?

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post #9 of 9 Old 08-29-2008, 10:14 PM
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My customers seem to. I personally like it. Go figure

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