CB750F2N Cafe Racer Project.

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Re: CB750F2N Cafe Racer Project.

#16 Post by Hunter » Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:07 pm

those are cool cans !

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Re: CB750F2N Cafe Racer Project.

#17 Post by humbucker » Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:03 am

Ok, we have the piccies on the other topic, looking forward to the conversion.
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Re: CB750F2N Cafe Racer Project.

#18 Post by Tango » Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:42 pm

Things have been a bit quiet on the project owing to getting the Sprint in a decent condition for it's new owner....and several other things getting in the way.......but spent some time on Sunday with the frame chop and stripping some of it down..... :wink:
Chopped a bit off the rear of the frame and put a frame loop on there to check dimensions etc......still undecided about the seat unit.....or more to the point, the length of the seat unit.....so I need to make a decision soon.
Stripped out the wiring, which had been horribly bodged......and I've ordered a secondhand wiring loom, which I hope to make something a bit neater using bits from both the looms.
Need a replacement headlamp unit.
Ordered the jetting kit, which should be heading it's way across the Atlantic at this very moment.
Waiting for the cans to arrive....which should be any day now.
But the seat unit is the main thing......many of the other jobs I want to do on the bike are kinda hinging on my decision for this.
So....more dismantling is on the cards......engine out....and get the frame and swingarm powder coated......oh, and once I decide on the seat unit I need to cut the frame loop to size and get it welded into place.
Anyways....a couple of piccies to be getting on with...... :wink:
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Re: CB750F2N Cafe Racer Project.

#19 Post by mattycoops43 » Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:11 am

Shorter! You know it makes sense!
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Re: CB750F2N Cafe Racer Project.

#20 Post by Tango » Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:41 pm

I know what you're saying Matt.....I want a shorter seat unit....but the dilemma I have is that the guys whose units I like have a range of sizes......the shorter ones are 55 - 56cm long and I can't chop the frame any more....so the minimum length I think I could go to is around 60cm. They have a nice unit which is 61cm which would be ideal and the front width of the unit is 19cm which is OK.....but the widest part is 23cm and the widest part of my frame is 24cm......so I've just fired an email off to them to see if the 23cm is the inside or outside dimension.....and if there's any flexibility in it.....so we'll see..... 8-)
Got the cans and the wiring loom today....and I think the jetting kit is waiting at the sorting office as they couldn't deliver it today as no one was in.... :roll:
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Re: CB750F2N Cafe Racer Project.

#21 Post by 9bhp » Wed Apr 09, 2014 10:19 pm

Those upswept zorsts look very sexy!

Do you know what you are using for the headlight?
Or haven't decided yet?
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Re: CB750F2N Cafe Racer Project.

#22 Post by Tango » Thu Apr 10, 2014 5:56 pm

9bhp wrote:Those upswept zorsts look very sexy!

Do you know what you are using for the headlight?
Or haven't decided yet?
Gonna go for a standard round headlight.....classic look..... 8-)
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Re: CB750F2N Cafe Racer Project.

#23 Post by 9bhp » Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:10 pm

Tango wrote:
9bhp wrote:Those upswept zorsts look very sexy!

Do you know what you are using for the headlight?
Or haven't decided yet?
Gonna go for a standard round headlight.....classic look..... 8-)

I think this would look pure sex
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Harley-Davids ... 565aa9b5c7

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Re: CB750F2N Cafe Racer Project.

#24 Post by Tango » Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:59 pm

Standard 8" round headlight....coz I have plans around a cockpit fairing..... :wink:
The dilemma around the frame and seat may have just been resolved by looking at some pics of another CB750 cafe racer......and it looks like I may be able to trim another 120mm off the rear of the frame with my trusty angle grinder..... :wink: I was worried about weakening the frame....but the bike I looked at is in regular use and is fully roadworthy.....so there may be some light at the end of this tunnel..... 8-)
Sorry....this thread is a bit long on words and short on pics.....but I hope to remedy that pretty soon..... 8-)
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Re: CB750F2N Cafe Racer Project.

#25 Post by Dean-J » Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:51 am

This is a cool project man! Im seriously contemplating a cafe racer or a bobber for my next build... but i guess i should "finish" my current one first lol

Exhausts are going to look sweet!

cant wait to see this progress :popcorn:

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Re: CB750F2N Cafe Racer Project.

#26 Post by humbucker » Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:54 am

Glad to see progress on this project. Waiting for more please. :)
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Re: CB750F2N Cafe Racer Project.

#27 Post by Tango » Sat Apr 19, 2014 1:17 pm

So....a bit more stripping down....and a bit more frame chopping.... :wink:
Oh....and the shopping list keeps growing... :roll: Looking at Clip on's for the front....but then realised that the headlamp bracket is in the way.....so I was toying with fitting Ace bars instead of the clip on's....but I know I just wouldn't have been happy with them......so the clip on's have been ordered and a pair of headlamp brackets to replace the existing one.... 8-)
Rearsets have been ordered.....along with front brake rebuild kit.... 8-)
Noticed yesterday when working on the bike that the rear wheel bearings are shot.....but it's not much of a trauma as I was planning on replacing them and the front bearings, swing arm bearings and headstock bearings while I have the bike apart anyway. Just as well I bought the bike as a project....with all the things I've found wrong with it I would have been extremely miffed if I'd bought it as a working bike.....I think the previous owner was less than honest with his description.....but I wouldn't have bought it anyway if I hadn't got plans for it.... :roll:
A couple of pics of the continuing frame chop and dismantling..... 8-)
Got the coming week off....so I'm hoping to get a bit more done.....maybe get the engine out and clean the frame up ready for powder coating.... :wink:
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Re: CB750F2N Cafe Racer Project.

#28 Post by Tango » Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:21 pm

So...although I've posted the pics elsewhere on the forum I thought I would put them here too as part of the build thread..... 8-)
Managed to get the engine out of the frame....after lots of cursing and sweating.....and a bit of improvisation..... :wink:
The engine is sound...just a bit shabby looking....so, rather than a complete strip down (which it doesn't really need) I'm going to clean and paint it up. Then new plugs, oil and filter and see how that goes..... 8-)
Another few packages arrived today......so I've now got the front and rear wheel bearings and headstock bearings. Also got the new headlamp brackets....which will hopefully look OK....although they will probably be mostly hidden by the headlamp fairing (yet to be ordered).... 8-)
Also, after some discussions with the manufacturer, I've chosen and ordered the seat unit.....so hopefully that will arrive in a few weeks....maybe in time for the next holiday that I've got booked.
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Re: CB750F2N Cafe Racer Project.

#29 Post by Tango » Sat Aug 23, 2014 11:55 am

The project is still moving....albeit slowly. Mainly been getting bits together and waiting for the seat unit.....but, the seat unit finally arrived....hoorah. So I now need to fab some brackets for it and then get some welding done. Then the frame and fork legs and wheels need powder coating.
Here's a PIC with the seat unit balanced in position to get an idea of the lines.....and a pic of the rear light that I got.....checked with my MOT tester this morning and he says it won't be a problem... 8-)
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Re: CB750F2N Cafe Racer Project.

#30 Post by mattycoops43 » Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:18 pm

Looking good mate. You got a plan for the welding? do you know anyone?
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