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    Hello from Jersey!

    Hi everyone I am new to this site and the cafe racer world. I have been racing motocross forever, but never owned a street legal bike. So, I purchased my first bike a few days ago for $900 (I am 19 and still live at home, my mom is pissed). It is a 1973 Honda CB750 bored and stroked to an 836. It has been sitting for a year so I cleaned out the carbs and just need to finish all the wiring and it should start right up. I thought this would be a great platform to start building my bike. It is something I have always wanted to do! I am open to any advice right now and I am really trying to find a badass seat, so what seat should I get?
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    It was not bored and stroked to 836, only bored.
    What kit was used will be important. That and knowing the guy that did it was not a moron.

    Few red flag fails right off the bat.
    -Pods
    -Stupid low bars
    -No front fender
    -Hacked off rear.

    What wiring does It need?
    You get a title?
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    Seems to be a little shy on clutch lever, switches on the left handlebar and the rear turn signals have been crashed off. Did you ask the seller if they had any of the original parts that they could give you, that is always a good idea when you are buying a semi-complete motorcycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djfrey22 View Post
    .... and I am really trying to find a badass seat, so what seat should I get?
    I make seats, do you want bumstop café or bratty style > ? if you really want to be badass, just make your own:


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    I have all the original parts, the rear was not hacked off, just took off back fender and yes it came with a title. Only wiring it needs will be connecting the rear and front lights

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    I just tucked the clutch it behind the triple clamp, I need to dremel a piece out of the clutch perch so the wires can run underneath it. I have all of the original parts for it and a title as well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ichiban Moto View Post
    I make seats, do you want bumstop café or bratty style > ? if you really want to be badass, just make your own:

    I think I am going to make my own. I have the original seat so I am just going to try and trim it down a few inches
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    you don't have the original seat (unless you have another seat than the one in your pics) , you have a corbin gentry low king and queen. why is this important? because the pans are different and the foam and cover kits you can buy for a stock pan may not work.

    Let's start at the basics: do you have a manual? do you have real tools? Please get a camera that is not a potato and take pictures of your bike in the sunlight.

    If you have a 1973 cb750 in green then you have candy bacchus olive. If it is in remotely reasonable shape please don't do something stupid like paint it flat black. It's a unique paint color made by shooting blue candy over a gold base, and when shined up it looks stunning. here is what it should look like if it is all shined up:
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    unless you got a 1974 model (would have a 1973 build date) in which case the color is liberty green:


    Ok, so let's talk about what you really need to do. Give that bike a proper once over and servicing:

    Before you can even talk about seats let's talk about:

    - tires: how old are they? are they weather checked/cracked? do they need replacement?
    - suspension: is it leaking? rust? do you need to rebuild the forks (you def need to replace those old as hell rear shocks)? Are the rubber bushings in the rear shocks any good?
    - engine: valve adjustment? what's the oil look like (drain and run a magnet through it)? cam chain tensioner condition?
    - carbs: for the love of god throw out those pod filters and get a stock airbox. Also how clean are they?
    - drivetrain: primary chain slop? clutch any good? chain and sprockets need replacement?
    - electronics? everything work?
    - swingarm bushings any good? wheel bearings?
    - brakes? do they work? pad condition?

    Since you are 19 and talking stupid about seats on a non-running project bike I am going to assume you want to "tear it down to the frame". Stop. You don't need to do that until it is time to paint the frame. Make the bike run, make your mods to a running, riding bike that you can use to evaluate your mods, and then when it is all done you take it apart to paint. saavy? good.

    Also I don't ever want to hear the words "cut the frame" come out of your mouth. You have a cb750, there is no need to cut anything unless you want to prove to the world that you are a dipshit. Dick Mann won Daytona on a cb750 with all it's frame brackets in place - are you Dick Mann? no? are you Bob Hansen? The rickman brothers? Massimo Tamburini? no? then you don't need to cut your frame.
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    Hey thanks for all the advice! Here are my answers

    -I do have the original seat, it is just not pictured here.
    -Yes, I have the manual and real tools (I've been working on motocross bikes all my life)
    -It is a 1973 and yes that is the exact color. Don't worry I won't paint it some stupid color, I probably won't paint it at all and just leave it original.
    -Tires are brand new, they still have all of the hairs on them.
    -Looked over the suspension, I can't see any leaks, I will hopefully be replacing the rear suspension with something nicer feeling.
    -I haven't opened up the engine yet. Good idea with the magnet!
    -Carbs I cleaned out yesterday. Jets were all clogged and okay I will take off the pods and put the stock air box back on.
    -Clutch seems to be okay. Sprocket is still in fairly decent condition. Chain is not stretched (was very dirty so i have it cleaning in mineral spirits right now)
    -electronics, I am not too sure yet what is working and what isn't.
    -rear brakes are fine, fronts are shot. (bike came with a whole new front brake, lines and master cylinder)

    -No, I will not be tearing it down to the frame, that is totally unnecessary. No I won't be cutting anything don't worry! My ultimate goal is just to have a kickass cafe racer when I am done! I am keeping it clean and simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djfrey22 View Post
    -Tires are brand new, they still have all of the hairs on them.
    You mean they are unused. They may be quite old and hard (IE: dangerous).

    Here's a link to help you work out the age of your tires:

    Tyre age and DOT numbers for motorcycle tyre - moto-tyres online @ moto-tyres.co.uk

    And another:

    Barry's Tire Tech
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