View Full Version : My 750DOHC project

11-06-2009, 1:54 PM
Here's pictures of my current project. It started life as an 80 CB750F, and was given to me by a coworker. I made a hardtail for it, and am getting closer and closer to the end now. A few set backs and some lessons learned.

11-06-2009, 1:58 PM
This is where I am now. Seat next, then controls. After that wire her up and hope she starts.

11-06-2009, 3:13 PM
Bike is coming along mint. Gotta keep those moto bars on there.

11-06-2009, 3:19 PM
Respect on tackling that hardtail! Right where I'm at with a z750twin.
And for using your kitchen table as a workbench...

11-06-2009, 5:03 PM
Moto bars are definitely staying. Going to put some Baxter style bmx grips on it. The hardtail wasn't as hard as I thought it'd be. Not easy by any means, but definitely doable. If you need some advice or if you're in the southwestern US i'd be glad to help out. And my wife was pissed about the table, but she forgot about it soon enough.

02-15-2010, 11:07 PM
Finally making a little more progress. Made plate to mount battery box, and to serve as a gusset for lower section. I knew reading magazines would help me out somewhere or another. I think it was in the last Cycle Source where someone did it. Can't remember who. I wish I would have checked the other boards more religously. Here's what I did last night. Sometimes being slow at work is awesome. Welding the lower side sucked. Still getting better at welding, and those were definitely the hardest ones so far

02-15-2010, 11:14 PM
Here's first attempt at brake lever. I liked where the peg came out and how it looked, not happy with the diamond plate and it wasn't thick enough material. I probably would have left it just to be closer to the end, but it flexed too much.

02-16-2010, 1:16 AM
Going to weld a bung in here, to mount fender strut/sissy bar. Found some pictures a long time ago of someone who made the sissy bar mount to the fender struts so it was removable with wingnuts. Can't remember where I saw it and my hard drive took a shit a while back. Just picked up an OA setup so I want to try bending some square stock up.

02-16-2010, 10:46 AM
that's really nice bro. I gotta gs750L. I wanted to do something like this but I don't have the tools or the cash right now haha oh well atleast I can look at this and dream while I come up on some cash. love the stretch by the way she sits low. What are your plans for the wheels?

02-16-2010, 11:15 AM
Unique lines on that hardtail. I really like it so far. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

02-16-2010, 7:10 PM
that's really nice bro. I gotta gs750L. I wanted to do something like this but I don't have the tools or the cash right now haha oh well atleast I can look at this and dream while I come up on some cash. love the stretch by the way she sits low. What are your plans for the wheels?

I hear you on the tools and cash. It's been under construction for about 2 years, and I still don't even know if the motor runs. I know it's not locked up though. You can pick up the materials for cheap to build the rear section, and if you know someone with a bender even better. I've recycled everything I took off the stock bike, except the tank, which I sold. Wheels, front fender is going to be rear fender, cut the axle plates off to reuse them also.

02-16-2010, 7:13 PM
Unique lines on that hardtail. I really like it so far. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

Thanks for compliment. Lines have a funny story. I don't have a bender so I bought 20 feet of 1" x .120 wall DOM and cut it into 5 foot sections. Went to friends shop with bender and made generic bends, and cut them so they would work. Added some gussets and reinforced the shit out of it. Hopefully I'll finish up the frame work and get going on the electrical shit this weekend. That's the plan at least.

02-19-2010, 10:50 PM
So I've been stuck at work since last Saturday, and won't get off work until Tuesday morning. Only good thing is that I've been able to do some more work. Downside is I don't have all my tools. I would kill for two hours so I could drive home and get my drill press that I just bought. Turns out someone got rid of the one at my fire station.

Anyway I've finally decided on a battery, bought it, and go the dimensions for it. So I decided last night I'd build that battery box today. At least what I could. Yuasa AGM YTX14BS. Pretty small and shipping weight is 10lbs. So I drew quick sketch on graph paper, redid it on some poster board, then transferred it to some steel I bought today, my captain let us take the ladder truck to go to the steel supply store.

Have to wait to drill holes before bending it, and I'd like to thank Teamnaptime with the pointers when he did his. If he hadn't shown it I would not have scored the lines to make it bend easier.

02-20-2010, 11:45 PM
Finished battery box today. Ernesto's machine shop hooked it up with the holes in it since I didn't have access to drill press. Got some use out of new to me OA set up to bend the box into shape. Got it welded up and ready to roll.

02-22-2010, 2:22 AM
Today I was able to get a little more work on the project bike done. Slow day at the office gave me plenty of time after our regular business hours. Anyway got a plate put on both sides of the frame. The one on the right side is going to either get a universal keyed ignition or maybe just some waterproof switches. One for run, one for lights, and one for the starter. We'll see which idea I like better. Hard to see with the glare from the overhead lights and cell phone camera, but it's all blended in. Next is seat bracket for front, spring bungs, and the rear brake stay should be end of frame work. I hope at least.


02-22-2010, 5:14 PM
hey mate just a thought, if you're running a key on that gusset plate, that's going to be sticking out right into your thigh isn't it?

Might be right, but could keep bumping switches or snagging them with your pants etc?

02-22-2010, 7:19 PM
I'm going to play it by ear. I sat on the frame while it's on the ground to see where my legs will go, and it may be ok. If not I'll stash it somewhere else. Thanks for looking out.

02-22-2010, 10:47 PM
haha yeah just thinking you could be hammering into a bend on a dark road some night, pull your knees in to get a bit more purchase on the tank and BAM you flick your lights off by accident~!

02-23-2010, 12:30 AM
Never thought of it that way. Or one of those cold as fuck trips when you ask yourself why the fuck am I doing this? again? Now i'm thinking they'll just serve as some kind of aerodynamic shit that will get me a few more MPH's on the top end. Planning on using a 3 position switch like a car and all the way right would be start. The way it seems now that I've had some more input and thinking a bit differently I may have just added a switch to my pile of shit that I've bought and will use somewhere I hope.

02-25-2010, 3:34 PM
Lookin good! I like the gussets and that battery box is pretty dope nice welds!

02-26-2010, 10:16 PM
PIcked up the bungs today from Billdozer. Thanks alot and they'll work perfect. So well that I'll use the second set of the round end ones on the next build. Thanks again. Will mount them and start working on rear fender sunday hopefully, if not pictures soon to follow.

02-28-2010, 12:54 PM
Looks great. What are the dimensions for that hard tail section?

03-02-2010, 1:41 AM
Thanks Soames. Not really any dimensions to speak of. I extended it back by about 3 inches or so. and set bottom of frame at 4.5 inches from ground. It's pretty short, but that was what I was looking for. Should get the rear done this weekend, maybe thursday or friday if I'm lucky and can really get after it.

03-07-2010, 1:25 AM
Well this weekend got ruined by work. I can't complain because it's all overtime, but I was hoping to get this thing closer to being road worthy. Got the bungs mounted on the back for the rear fender stay, and cleaned up some welds. Probably going to have to do some more clean up work, since the beer was flowing nicely.

I drilled through the shock mounting holes in the axle plates, and into the bungs so I could get a good amount of metal in there to make sure it stuck.

A little clean up with the grinder on the inside and it looks like it came like this. Not sure what I'm going to do on the outside. There is a small crack that I contemplate welding up. Another part of me thinks skip it and call it good. and yes I know there are some ugly welds on the axle plate.

Getting at it. I'd love to learn to tig weld but my little hobart 140 mig is pretty nice.

10-28-2010, 10:00 PM
Been too long since I've got a lot done to this and since I've put any updates. I got a chain Monster Craftsman chain tensioner to put on and realized that with my first battery box it won't fit. So today I made a new box and was pretty happy with the first three seams I welded up, took a break to help with the kids, and forgot to turn the shielding gas back on and messed it up, so I spent the next hour or so grinding the welds down so a super shitty weld wouldn't show (there are enough of those already). The line drawn around the box is going to be where it sits down through the gusset/ batter box plate.




10-29-2010, 2:18 AM
Battery box is ready for mounting tomorrow, and chain tensioner should be Sunday if I get a little help getting the motor back into the frame. 195lbs dry with two bad knees isn't happening solo anymore. Hopefully my knees will be ready for the El Diablo 2011, and the bike will be done.


10-30-2010, 7:24 PM
Got plate opened up for battery box, tacked it in place, checked it and welded her in. First bit of welding in 5 months and it shows. Took me too long to get the wire speed dialed in just right. 2nd pic down shows worst of the welds. I couldn't get the gun in between the frame and the battery box for shit.


10-30-2010, 7:36 PM
Also moved kickstand back to make room for pipes and controls. Cut out in frame towards left of photo shows Honda's engineering to make room for the kickstand to function. Should make a nice spot to put a bracket for the pipes to mount to.


10-30-2010, 7:59 PM
Had a little help today too. My 4 year old loves it in the garage and I try to get her involved with whatever I can. No matter how hard I try she won't wear pants. She'll wear boots, and dresses or skirts no matter what she is doing.
Heidi trying to get my attention

Smoothing out some welds. Had to put a piece of sheet metal over left over hole from the stock uprights going to the shock mounts


10-31-2010, 6:10 PM
looking good bro...if you have any questions about the dohc crap hit me up. when my daughter was 4 all she would wear was her boots too...i think it is a phase.....she likes to match now, she is 6

12-05-2010, 12:00 AM
Got a little more work done. Dropped off some rod stock to Wompy so he can make me a new rear motor mount bolt and a couple of spacers for the foot controls. Rear master cylinder bracket went from paper to a finished piece of 1/4" aluminum sheet pretty nicely. Aluminum is much easier to work with for shaping stuff. The file seemed to take it down faster than shit. Made a template for the seat and am deciding weather or not to build a seat pan and have it covered by Hardluck or just buy a Redtail pan, and go from there.

Also have a rear wheel spacer being machined down a little bit, and will hopefully get the rear fender mounted in the next few days too. Thought i had it done, but i'm cross eyed, especially after a few beers and it wasn't straight.

Anyway back to what I made today. From paper to aluminum and sanded down with 600grit sandpaper. Nothing will be polished on the bike so 600 will be perfect.


12-05-2010, 12:33 AM
Don't mind those two pieces of scrap hanging from the bottom picture either. They're just there until I buy a couple of 1/4" thick spacers. Just helped me for the mockup part to know it'll all work.

01-30-2011, 11:35 PM
So my rear master cylinder bracket wouldn't work with the location of the brake lever. Designed a new one and will get to cutting it out and finishing it tomorrow. Came up with the rear brake lever design and got it finished, except a little more file work to smooth it all out. Bought a MAP gas torch and was surprised at how well it works. I have an OA setup, but the steel I used is only 5/16" so the MAP gas was plenty.

To my surprise it was actually straight and the curved portions are pretty smooth. I don't know if I would have ever tried this if it wasn't for the Special79 videos and how to's




02-13-2011, 12:55 PM
Brake linkage is super close to done now. Need to get some more sanding drums for the dremel and a little more work to file the welds down. And after having to redesign the bracket that holds the master cylinder 3 more times I'v figured out that whoever says controls are easy has either made a shit ton of them, or are full of shit. I've got a lot of scrap aluminum from cutting shit out only to find it won't work. For those of you who are going to try and fab your own controls get the whole brake lever done before building the bracket to hold the master cylinder.

Going to build a clutch lever like the brake lever today, then work on the last of the brackets to hold the foot clutch. The sprung seat is out and after checking Wompy's KZ out I'm going to go with a similar style seat mount. Wompy also provided me with the needed inspiration for my headlight. Hella 500FF.

02-15-2011, 6:45 PM
Brake lever is done. Clutch lever is almost done, just needs an axle bolt and heim joint to mount cable. Oil pan is back on motor. Now when I get some help next week I'll get the motor back into the frame.
Hopefully it'll work out that I can get Wompy to help me design a bracket so I can use the Suzuki Bandit braking sytem for the front.
New Master



02-15-2011, 6:48 PM
Also made an insert for the shifter knob that Rusjack sent me. Hopefully it'll be short enough for me to use some 1/2" rod. If not I'll use some 3/8" and just taper it down again.

02-15-2011, 8:27 PM
Couple more pics from todays work.

Another shot of the shifter.

Checkin for fit.

The 10month old hanging out with pop waiting for her chance to go for a ride

03-28-2011, 6:26 PM
A little more progress. I redesigned the bracket for the 4th or 5th time to mount the rear master cylinder. The last one would work, but since I have had to spend so much time sitting on my ass that it'd be a good thing to do. Just a little more work to do on it and I'll post another picture of the new one.

Also got the rear fender struts bent and tacked in place. I'll finish welding them up tomorrow, and hopefully get the short sissybar bent up and tacked into place too.



03-29-2011, 3:16 AM
Some better pictures.



It's off just a little bit, but I don't care at this point. Want to be done for EDR so fucking bad I can taste it, and I want to get a new fender when money allows it.

03-29-2011, 3:19 AM
Also did a rough cut out for new rear MC bracket to see if it will fit/work. Much better than the previous one.
New sprocket put on.

03-29-2011, 9:20 AM
looking good man, keep up the good work.

03-29-2011, 8:18 PM
Got the sissybar just about done. Once I get the plate mount done I'll clean up all the welds. Still undecided about the brake light. I have an old Ford repop one, but I'm thinking it might be too big for the rear end.


03-29-2011, 8:20 PM
Couple more.


03-30-2011, 4:48 AM
Lookin awesome man!

03-31-2011, 7:31 PM
Got the sissybar just about done, along with the license plate mount and taillight. I modified a BeerBreed taillight bracket to fit, and make me less of a target for the police. Turns out one of the holes I drilled in the fender for the bungs to mount the fender strut/sissybar was off compared to the other so the sissybar was not straight, and caused the rest to be off a little bit more. Oh well. Sissybar is made of 1/2" cold rolled, and the rod stock holding the tag bracket is 5/16" cold rolled. Just need to smooth the welds out a little more.


04-04-2011, 11:59 AM
The frames off the saw horses, and got the powerplant tucked away in her. Motor came out of a second bike I picked up a while ago so I had some help and got it out of one bike, and put into this frame. New front wheel since the other was bent to shit. Going to swap tires later. Everything seemed to fall into place pretty quickly after we got the motor out of the other frame.

This is how she sits now.

My friend Joe who helped me all day yesterday. Thanks again

04-09-2011, 2:47 PM
The seatpan is almost done now. Just a little more tweaking on it then be time to cover it. Used a portion of the cutoff fender to make the back part of the seatpan. It's pretty light steel, 18 or 20 ga, but it's got a piece of the 10 gauge that goes up behind it to help reinforce it. The studs are in, and a little more action with the flap disc to finish smoothing them out. Going to mount the CDI coils and voltage regulator to the bottom of it, so 4 more studs to put into it, before applying the foam and covering it.

You can barely make out in the top of the picture for the tank mount is some rubber bumpers to help isolate it. Tank has rubber mounts at the front and rear of it now.

First rough template
Final template
Ready to transfer template and cut
I hammered the edges down to form them to match the frame for a better fit.

04-09-2011, 3:01 PM

Is this bike just happy to see me or is its red rocket always like that...

Lookin good dude...

04-09-2011, 11:03 PM
Terry she has an oversized clit and it sticks right the fuck out there.

Got some more work done tonight. Starter button, 2 breakers: 1 main and 1 for the lights, and a waterproof switch for the lights are all mounted. Got the CDI coils and voltage regulator mounts setup on the bottom of the of the seatpan, and the foam cut out for the seatpan. Hopefully tomorrow I'll get some more time to get the foam down and start forming it.


04-09-2011, 11:14 PM
Underside of seatpan. Will keep it nice and clean with no big box for electrics.


04-09-2011, 11:29 PM
Looking Good Homie! :cheersmate:

04-10-2011, 12:59 AM
Thanks. A lot more to go and not much time to get it done. I need to get it running and a little shake down before EDR. Should hopefully have her wired up by Wednesday, and running by next weekend.

04-12-2011, 12:42 AM
Got the seatpan covered with foam. Hopefully I can pick up some vinyl tomorrow, and at least get the vinyl cut out and ready to put down. We'll see, maybe I'll just pay someone to put the vinyl down and get to work wiring the bike. Thus far on the build the seat is at the top of the fun list. It's 1.5" thick on the bottom portion and about 3/4" on the back. The back looks much thicker but that's just to take up some space, and maybe just maybe one day I'll buy a nice rear fender and paint this bitch. And don't mind the brown shit on the foam. I only had one good sanding sponge left and I used it before this to clean some rust off the tank.

Before any kind of work shaping the foam.


04-15-2011, 10:40 AM
Was going to cover the seat myself and found some cool vinyl, but left it with the professional. Great price, and his work is tits. Decided drag pipes were not going to happen, so I splurged and bought a set of Cycle X's 4-2-1 race pipes. Going to be the most expensive piece on the bike by far.

With the little time I got in the garage yesterday, I shaved the top triple clamps mounting points off for the stock dash, and other crap. Much smoother now.

04-15-2011, 10:43 AM
More pictures later when I can fix my camera, or steal one to get some good pictures.

04-16-2011, 12:21 AM
Got all my switches and breakers rearranged, and the lighting circuit is done. Got the headlight and rear marker on a switch together and it's own breaker. Hit some switches and bigger than shit it worked. Got all my electric parts other than wire and the starter solenoid at www.offroadwarehouse.com great parts, and cheaper than Napa. Here's the manufacturer of the switches and breakers. http://k-four.net/ really nice parts and pretty damn small too. 7 wires to the front of the bike counting the ground and positive for the headlight, the 2 wires for the brakelight, and the 3 for the coils. Not bad and all in a nice mesh wrap.

04-20-2011, 5:52 PM
Lighting circuit done and works fine, and I now have power to the starter and the motor turns freely. Started on the voltage regulator last night and got called back in for sick kid. Halfway done with that and the CDI coils are prepped and ready to install also.

Got my seat back today, and it came out tits. $50 for labor to cover it, and the vinyl was free/included because it was remnants from somebody's car. Judging by the color it was probably from a DONK or something. I actually like it though. I just told him a green color of any sorts.


04-20-2011, 6:11 PM
WOW great job man!

04-20-2011, 6:18 PM
hella sweet!

04-22-2011, 7:41 PM
Just about finished up the wiring and my piece of shit, brand new even, soldering iron took a shit. After about 5 minutes of use the light on it burned out, then the case started to lose shape. Now it won't shut off, yet it still won't heat up enough to get anymore work done. I need more solder and some more connectors of various sizes and shapes.

Putting all the stuff under the seat makes it clean, but it makes for a lot of wires in a small area and trying to keep them neat a chore and slow. I have a total of 6 more wires to get connected so it should be done tomorrow after I get the stuff I need.

The CR throttle housing was a bad choice and Motion Pro is a pain in the ass to deal with. They want my existing throttle cable to make me a new one. I tried to explain it to them that if I had one I wouldn't need their help. Jackasses. So I ended up ordering a whole new throttle housing that came with a cable.

Hopefully Cycle X's pipe is worth their not so top of the line customer service. Ordered it from them last Friday right at the time they open and talked to them before I gave them my money. They said the pipe was on the shelf and ready to go and it would go out that day. I paypal'd the money while still on the phone and got a voice confirmation along with the one from Paypal. Sweet figured pipe would be here today at the latest, but it turns out it got shipped on Tuesday afternoon late.

04-22-2011, 7:58 PM
I did get the headlight mount done with a shitty coat of paint and got it mounted. Used some existing tabs on the lower trees and some 1" angle steel and gave it some shape and it fits well and will be more than strong enough. 13 days til EDR. Means I have about 8 to make sure she's running and running strong.


04-22-2011, 10:52 PM
I'm loving the seat and it's color

04-23-2011, 2:56 PM
Thanks. It was a total crap shoot, but I do think it looks good. Was told it's Kawi green on a Honda. Oh well only thing left Honda is the motor really.

All the wiring is done, and I have a spark at all 4 cylinders. Once I get the fuel hose routed and the pipes get here I should hope to hear it run by Monday night. It turns over and according to all the diagrams I've read it should be done.

Now it's time to go watch the Phillies kick the Padres asses.

04-25-2011, 11:13 PM
Pipes are on, but the jack off at shop ordered the wrong throttle housing and cable. Sucks when Motion Pro has the cable for me, but they want my housing, and the stock cable to check the length. Dumb asses if I had the cable and housing I wouldn't need them. Actually just the housing would be totally fine.

Anyway the Cycle X 4-2-1 race pipe is nice. The finish is clean, and black, and the muffler if that's what you'd call it looks nice. The pipes are a tight fit and they sit a little low, but I don't think they'll rub in the turns.

Now the pics

04-25-2011, 11:24 PM
Pipes are on, but the jack off at shop ordered the wrong throttle housing and cable. Sucks when Motion Pro has the cable for me, but they want my housing, and the stock cable to check the length. Dumb asses if I had the cable and housing I wouldn't need them. Actually just the housing would be totally fine.

Anyway the Cycle X 4-2-1 race pipe is nice. The finish is clean, and black, and the muffler if that's what you'd call it looks nice. The pipes are a tight fit and they sit a little low, but I don't think they'll rub in the turns.

Now the pics

Right on man. Getting close!!

04-26-2011, 12:02 AM
Closer and closer. Here's those damn pics. I didn't know photobucket won't uplaod RAW format pictures. Anyway no more nonsense.


04-26-2011, 12:08 AM
That's badass!

04-27-2011, 11:42 PM
Got the throttle cable, and it fit damn near perfect. Nice and functional like everything else on this bitch. The rear wheel spacer was slimmed down to fit and put in place and got the carbs into the boots. Next was time to hook up the battery, and get some fuel to the carbs. So far so good, and then my wife who came out to hold the funnel with gas while I cranked this bitch over says it's leaking gas. Bigger than shit the fuel tube that runs between carbs 1 and 2 has bad o-rings and now I need to separate the carbs and replace the o-rings. I'm a stubborn fuck and figured I can get enough fuel into the bowls and try and start it up. Which in hind sight was a stupid idea even though nothing bad happened. But still nothing. She turns over like crazy but nothing but a couple back fires. Fucking dysfunctional relationship. I love her so and she smacks me in my face. I gave up on her tonight and decided to let the fuel vapors blow off and get back at it in the morning.

04-27-2011, 11:47 PM
On a high note I got a GoPro HD Hero camera to document the riding to and from EDR. Here's the first picture I got with it. Kind of crazy with the wide angle but still a good picture. I was throwing and kicking shit all over the garage tonight so I had a big mess to clean up. Back at it in the morning


04-29-2011, 1:19 AM
Wompy is a my saviour. He completely bailed me out with my front brake problem. I picked up a used Suzuki Bandit front brake system, and he designed an adapter bracket for me. I stole it from his hands before he could put all his magic into it so I can make it to EDR.

I got a petcock, the brake line for the rear brake, and some kick ass footpegs that will be on tomorrow. Crossing my fingers that the rear caliper is good. Also have to take the carbs off and replace a couple o rings between 1 & 2. After that I can concentrate on making it run. No picks tonight, but I will have some tomorrow.

04-29-2011, 5:49 AM
Looks like it's coming along. Hopefully you get it up and going. Giving me some ideas about mine. I lucked out and got spoke rims on my '81.

04-29-2011, 11:25 AM
That muffler is sick! I love it. I'm curious as to how it sounds and how loud it is.

Anyway keep it up, you're motivating me to get my ass in gear and DW on mine.

04-29-2011, 8:09 PM
After I get her running I'll post a video clip. I think it's going to be loud as shit when I get on the sauce. It's wide open down the middle. Going to take some pics of todays progress.

04-30-2011, 4:04 AM
Got the front brake lines done. I was able to recycle one, and made the 2nd one. In the future I will always make my own. Magnum Shielding BYO kits are fucking slick, and they are DOT approved. http://www.magnumshielding.com/store/byo-build-your-own-brake-lines.php Too bad they are back ordered until the end of May. Anyway, I got the problem with the carb fixed. Couple o-rings and a bit of time and they should be golden. I took the bowls off, and miraculously the gaskets seem to have grown a bit and no longer fit. Now I'm scared I won't get the required parts in time for EDR. Time to track some shit down.

Scored a new super low mileage front tire, and will be getting it mounted tomorrow. Picking up some new hardware to mount the brake calipers, then I'll bleed them and call it done. Found a stock clutch cable, so I may run a hand clutch for EDR, unless I can not rush and get the footclutch done prior to. Also got the footpegs mounted. The clevis sits cock-eyed because of the pegs, but I don't really care and am going to run them anyway.

Also got some Biltwell Kung Fu grips. Super soft and nice. Can't wait to put some miles on with these things on the controls.


04-30-2011, 4:07 AM

04-30-2011, 4:43 AM
So,gimme a call soon. Wanna talk to you about maybe hard tailing mine..

04-30-2011, 10:13 AM
Shake-down run tomorrow Gangsta, so you best get crackin'! She's lookin' right sick, can't wait to unleash her.

05-01-2011, 3:34 AM
Front brakes done. New rear brake line ordered. I wish Magnum Shielding could keep up with the demand for their brake line kits. I did one front brake line with the BYO kit and it's amazing. Plus for all the people that really care, it's DOT approved. Turns out the Japs use 10x1.25 banjo bolts, and nobody that I called had another bolt. I dug through the extra brake parts I have and found one. Sprayed the shit out of it with brake cleaner and cleaned it up. Lucky for me if it fails that the old Suzuki Bandit front brakes could stop a Peterbilt. New front tire is on and all said and done it's going to come down to the next 2 days if she makes EDR. If not I'll be begging some mother fuckers from around these parts for a Rebel 250 or something to take. No pictures because I'm tired and this is the 2nd day of coming in after 230 am, and my 1 year old alarm clock will wake me up at 6 or 630 like everyday.

05-01-2011, 10:18 AM
So what was that front disc/caliper/mc off of? Did that disc bolt right on?
I see you made a bracket for the caliper. Looks great!

05-01-2011, 8:25 PM
Stock rotors off the CB750F and the calipers and mc are off a 2000 Suzuki Bandit.

05-01-2011, 10:36 PM
What's the word on those seat spring I was going to buy off of you?

05-02-2011, 12:22 AM
Just saw in one of the pics that your front tire is on backwards. Are you stupid or am I? My vote is for the former, but we all know that no one counts votes...

However, since it still doesn't run, I guess it really doesn't matter. Ooh...bummer!

05-02-2011, 12:54 AM
That's the old tire. The new one is good to go... And she will run tomorrow. Thanks for the help Joe.

Exhaust is back on, hand clutch is in place temporarily. The rear brake stay is one spacer and two jam nuts a way from done. TheJoe came over today and we got the hand shifter arm bent and all welded up and ready to mount. Designed and almost completed a linkage system to operate the clutch cable for the foot clutch.

05-02-2011, 2:09 PM
I dropped her off this morning with TheHonda Mechanic. He was pleased that I took him all the required gaskets, and a ton of parts. Should be done with it tomorrow afternoon or earlier. Pretty excited to hear her run. He's not a chopper fan, but he said he can respect what I've done with it, and that I didn't sacrifice the performance of it. Pretty anxious now to get it back. Once I have it back I need to do rear brake line, and button up the brake stay, and put the chain on it. If i have time and I don't grow a vagina overnight I'll finish up the linkage for the footclutch, which I really want to run because the shifter arm came out so nice.

05-02-2011, 2:13 PM
I dropped her off this morning with TheHonda Mechanic. He was pleased that I took him all the required gaskets, and a ton of parts. Should be done with it tomorrow afternoon or earlier. Pretty excited to hear her run. He's not a chopper fan, but he said he can respect what I've done with it, and that I didn't sacrifice the performance of it. Pretty anxious now to get it back. Once I have it back I need to do rear brake line, and button up the brake stay, and put the chain on it. If i have time and I don't grow a vagina overnight I'll finish up the linkage for the footclutch, which I really want to run because the shifter arm came out so nice.

Right on!! Almost ready to roll then!

05-02-2011, 8:54 PM
From the Honda Hack to the Honda Mechanic - a pretty common progression.

Three years and it's down to a couple days. I love it! Mine has to be done by May 20 so I'm gonna be puking in the same boat. Anyone got a taillight for a fender of unknown provenance and a throttle cable that fits just so? Excellent, thanks.

05-02-2011, 8:59 PM
Just got phone call from The Honda Mechanic. 4 valves dangerously tight, and the carbs had all kinds of crap clogging the air passages explaining why I couldn't get it to run. It also probably saved the top end by not running it. Pick her up tomorrow and should be riding her in the evening once I put the chain on. So fucking excited right now I can taste it. He even said he can make the carbs run great with the pods.

05-02-2011, 9:01 PM
You sure that's what you're tastin'?

05-02-2011, 10:50 PM
From the Honda Hack to the Honda Mechanic - a pretty common progression.

Three years and it's down to a couple days. I love it! Mine has to be done by May 20 so I'm gonna be puking in the same boat. Anyone got a taillight for a fender of unknown provenance and a throttle cable that fits just so? Excellent, thanks.

What's May 20th? and I have plenty of cables you just need to get a CR cable adapter or order a cable from MotionPro. I think I still have the cable number here for the one I got. It should work fine. I don't think I can take this waiting shit for Dennis to be done with it.

And if you hack enough you'll hit it out once.

05-02-2011, 11:14 PM
Keep hackin', Negress, your time is coming.

Cliff'll be down here on the 23rd I think to put on some miles. For all those tuned in who don't know, Cliff has a bike that's faster than yours. Feel free to challenge him anywhere in San Diego County. You win then the beer's on me, but it's a small window. We're here to ride, not race. Although...it'd be neat to see a dresser school a "fast" chopper.

I take it Dennis is El Mecanico de las Hondas? I'm almost as anxious as you. After flopping that bitch off the lift on Saturday I think we're about equal on blood lost to that chopper. That shit still hurts.

Almost there, MoFucka! Giddyup!

05-02-2011, 11:28 PM
Forgot about Clifford coming down. I'm anxious to ride with you all again.

Yes Dennis is the Honda man.

...and almost forgot that fall off the lift did bend my rear brake lever. Luckily it's just there for show.

05-04-2011, 7:43 AM
I didn't get any calls at 2:00 in the morning last night, so I guess your bike didn't exactly wake up the neighbors in the middle of the night. You've still got a solid day to get her squared away, so get crackin'! I have faith in you and the Motorcycle Gods!

05-04-2011, 9:04 AM
Yeah no starting last night. I went to bed at about 1 am completely disgusted. I got tired of looking at the wiring and put the new chain on. Let's just say that I'm so disappointed right now that I applied for a loan to buy a used Concours

05-04-2011, 9:11 AM
i feel your pain dude. a few weekends ago i worked till 1 am sat. morning to finish my shovel for a show. didn't happen cause of the master cyl. being fucked up(my only brake) and a few other minor details. he next day i was so tired i got up and tried in vain to fix it but still nothing. anyhow later on that week i got a minute to get back to the bike and i ended up being able to sort everything out in less than 2 hours!! sometimes you just gotta walk away from the thing.

05-04-2011, 12:40 PM
It's officially on hold until after I get back from EDR. I'm going to completely start over again with the wiring just to be sure.

05-23-2011, 7:17 PM
Great Build man.

05-27-2011, 11:58 AM
Locked on and following. Looking good!

04-18-2012, 6:53 PM
Bike is fucking awesome bro! GL

04-19-2012, 8:52 AM
Thanks man. Been a long long time coming. Now that I know she runs and I won't be having to look for another motor I'm going to get moving again. I've got to finish fabricating the controls, mainly the footclutch cable routing, and moving the rear brake master cylinder a little bit. After that it should be ready to ride around and work out some bugs before I pull the motor out and clean up the frame.

This damn video makes me so damn happy.
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04-20-2012, 1:20 PM
I'm proud of you boy....now I gotta finish my CBGB.

04-20-2012, 6:22 PM
Awesome! can't wait to head up there and check that sucker out!

04-21-2012, 1:28 PM
Thanks Wompy and DD. Still have a little bit of work to do but now it's much more tangible and at least I know this motor runs.

04-21-2012, 1:47 PM
So my problem from above it not starting was probably the ignitors. I don't know for sure what it came down to other than an ignition/timing issue. I saved up and bought the Cycle X Power Arc ignition and coil combo and it started right the fuck up and was ready to run. The parts were well made and it came with everything needed to make it happen. One thing I'd recommend is that when you put it together, if you buy one, make sure that the screws that hold the ignition in place on the adapter don't protrude through the back. I had a little snafu with mine as the supplied screws were a little long and caused the pin on the advance mechanism to shear off and actually take a chunk out of the end of the crank making it impossible to use a stock ignition advance plate with the stock locating pin. I took my 2nd plate and removed the pin, bought some new 3mm x 14mm metric steel dowel pins and placed it into the back of the ignition advance plate. I then had to bust out with the dremel and take a tooth off of the starter clutch so that the longer dowel pin could travel down the locating recess.