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1972 Honda CL100 Cafe Racer Project

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    1972 Honda CL100 Cafe Racer Project

    Hey all, New to the forum and the world of motorcycle ownership. I got a 1972 Honda CL100 Rolling Chassis for $150.00. With the CL I got the full frame, engine, transmission, Showa rear shocks and forks and some sort of Honda wheels I have yet to identify. I have been ordering parts as I can afford them off E-bay. Today I found a 1970 SL100 Enduro, I was planning on using it as a parts bike, I know not everything is interchangeable I was wondering if anyone had any info on what is interchangeable. I will link to my pics in another post on the same thread. I will also be posting pics on my progress as I go. I would really appreciate any pointers and hints you more experienced owners can provide. Thanks!

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    I like little toy bikes... Here is my '70 CL100 I restored:



    Just use an online fiche site to identify and cross reference parts.

    The little Hondas are simple and easy to work with as long as you have $$, time, some mechanical experience, (JIS) tools, a good factory service manual, patience, a multimeter, common sense, a sense of humor.....etc... etc...

    Also, I recommend you read this book:


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    First use the IMG link form photobucket


    Thats mine

    Wholly holes batman! what did you buy?
    These bikes SUCK as cafe racers or what ever you think cafes are. I had one and it was almost unrideable. They are just to small and hard to do the mods necessary to make work.
    The dragon tattoo bike has a few newbie bandwagon jumping fails on it. Read up around here and get an idea what they are.
    That said its not the worst thing to build to.

    Personally I would take that SL frame and build up a mini baja bike out of it. Much more useable every day and I think more fun
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    Some times things come around that are so singularly inept it gives you a whole new appreciation for the ept

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    http://www.oldrice.com/Cycle125.html

    few cool articles on the oldrice site

    Stock or something like that
    Low bars and such suck on these bikes
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    Some times things come around that are so singularly inept it gives you a whole new appreciation for the ept

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    Do us all a favor and go kill yourself. Ok maybe not kill yourself but something to knock some sense into you.



    Jag, the 125 motorsport is a different bike. It may be the same engine but IIRC it is physically bigger than the cb/cl 125.
    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
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    nice CL Jag...

    that reminds to look around again for a sweet parcel rack for mine !

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    The SL bikes (100, 125, 350) all had the word motorsport listed near them. Kinda like a CBXXX*F always had super sport near by

    He has the parts and can build a bike like that article, way cooler then a ghey cafe out of one


    Dean,
    I love the rack, its so helpful.
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    Some times things come around that are so singularly inept it gives you a whole new appreciation for the ept

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    Nice CL jag. I know, the holes. The guy I bought it from bought it from someone who was using it as a flat tracker. Why they thought making swiss cheeses out of any available surface would really help them on the track I have no clue.

    The dragon tattoo bike was the first bike I saw in a long time that I liked. I am so used to seeing mid life crisis Harleys, I forgot bikes could be cool. And as far as I understand a "Cafe" is a bike stripped of non essentials and comfort items. I know speed is the object with a Cafe, but with my budget and lack of experience I thought I would start small. As for the "fails", I would love to see an honest critique of what is wrong with it.
    The frame for the Enduro is something I have not thought about, getting the Enduro was only a development that came about this afternoon. I might just have to sell it to fund this build.
    Holy shit! Nader wrote a follow up? What a sense of humor on that guy!

    Geeto, you know killing myself is not as easy as it sounds? Jumping a Geo Prizim through a house, and Congestive heart failure were just not enough. Maybe a motorcycle will finish the job nature could not. An honest critique may help me see the error of my ways faster than a concussion or death.

    Having a bike exactly like the article is not that important, right now speed is not either. Just something I like to look at, and ride. A REAL mans cafe bike can always come later. I need to learn how to ride something more powerful than a moped or scooter without ending up in a wheel chair, again.

    Thanks for the advice guys, I really do appreciate it.

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    Dean, what is the Bike behind your CL?

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