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WHAT IS THIS? IS IT A NEW BIKE? IS IT AN OLD BIKE? IS IT NEW AND MADE TO LOOK OLD? I DIDNT KNOW HONDA MADE A CAFE INSPIRED BIKE?!



;) THESE ARE THE QUESTIONS I HAVE RECEIVED BY PEOPLE THAT WERE DROOLING OVER IT AFTER COMPLETING THIS BUILD.
should read "these are the questions I have received by clueless hipsters who love form over function"
 

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OK, nice build.

Jaw-dropping? Meh...
Take me places I've never been? Stupid...

Welcome to the forum and fuck you and your pretty bike.


***FOR SALE OR EQUAL VALUE TRADE.***

WHAT IS THIS? IS IT A NEW BIKE? IS IT AN OLD BIKE? IS IT NEW AND MADE TO LOOK OLD? I DIDNT KNOW HONDA MADE A CAFE INSPIRED BIKE?!



;) THESE ARE THE QUESTIONS I HAVE RECEIVED BY PEOPLE THAT WERE DROOLING OVER IT AFTER COMPLETING THIS BUILD. PLEASE READ BELOW AND YOU WILL FIND OUT JUST EXACTLY WHAT YOUR STARING AT WITH YOUR MIND RACING.



A TRUE ONE OF A KIND, JAW DROPPING MACHINE. THIS HONDA WAS BORN IN 1984 AND LIVED ITS LIFE ALL THE WAY TO 2016 AS A VF700S SABRE WITH A V4 ENGINE, YES V4 - NOT INLINE 4, 700CC'S OF PURE HONDA POWER AND RELIABLITY AS WELL AS A SMOOTH 6 SPEED GEAR BOX GEARED WITH THE INTENTION TO UNLEASH THE V4. IT HAS HAD 2 OWNERS BEFORE I FOUND HER AND WAS EXTREMELY WELL CARED FOR. I WAS ON THE HUNT FOR ANOTHER CUSTOM BUILD AND I CAME ACROSS THIS BIKE ON CRAIGSLIST HERE IN LAS VEGAS. IT WAS LISTED BY MR. WARREN AS AN ALL ORIGINAL, 2 OWNER, EXTREMELY WELL CONDITION BUT CURRENTLY NOT STARTING. I CALLED MR. WARREN RIGHT AWAY WITH TONS OF QUESTIONS, HE SAID HE THOUGHT IT WAS JUST A FUSE BECAUSE WHEN YOU TURN THE KEY ON NOTHING TURNS ON. THE BIKE HAD BEEN SITTING FOR A YEAR AND A HALF. SOUNDS RIGHT TO ME BUT I WAS A LITTLE ON THE FENCE BECAUSE I NEVER LIKE BUYING ANYTHING NOT BEING ABLE TO TEST DRIVE IT. I DECIDED TO HEAD TO HIS HOUSE AND CHECK OUT THE BIKE, I WAS BLOWN AWAY AT THE CONDITION FOR A 32 YEAR OLD BIKE! MR. WARREN ALSO HAD RECEIPTS FOR MAINTENANCE, REPAIRS AND ALL THE OLD PARTS THAT WERE REPLACED. I FELT SO COMFORTABLE WITH IT ALL I PULLED THE TRIGGER, PURCHASED IT AND LOADED IT ON THE TRAILER. THERE WAS NO WAY I WAS GOING TO SLEEP THAT NIGHT IF I DIDNT TRY TO GET IT STARTED. I HOOKED THE BATTERY CHARGER UP AND TURNED THE KEY ON, NOTHING HAPPENED. CHECKED THE FUSES AND THEY WERE ALL GOOD. WHAT A BUMMER I SAID. I KEPT DIGGING AND FOUND THE MAIN FUSE, SUCCESS!! IT WAS CRACKED, NOT EVEN BLOWN. THE BEST PART OF IT ALL, IT HAD A SPARE FUSE RIGHT NEXT TO IT. I REPLACED THE FUSE AND FIRED IT UP, THE MOTOR STARTED AFTER 3 CRANKS. GIANT SMILE ON MY FACE AT THIS POINT. SUDDENLY ALL I COULD REMEMBER WAS MR. WARREN AND HOW MUCH HE LOVED THIS BIKE AND I FELT GUILTY FOR THE LOW PRICE HE LET HER GO FOR. I IMEDIATELY CALLED HIM BACK AND LET HIM KNOW IT REALLY WAS JUST A FUSE! I OFFERED TO RIDE THE BIKE BACK TO HIM FOR THE ORIGINAL SELLING COST PLUS $50 FOR MY TIME AND FUEL. HE WAS ABSOLUTELY BLOWN AWAY THAT I WOULD DO THAT FOR HIM. HE SAID HE WOULD CALL ME RIGHT BACK, THAT HE NEEDED TO TALK TO HIS WIFE FIRST. SO HE CALLED ME BACK SOUNDING A LITTLE BUMMED OUT AND SAID, TRUTH IS IM UNEMPLOYED RIGHT NOW AND THE WIFE AND I HAVE MEDICAL BILLS STACKING UP AND HE COULD REALLY USE THE MONEY MORE AT THIS POINT AND WAS VERY THANKFUL FOR THE OFFER. SO GAME WAS BACK ON, WHAT IN THE WORLD AM I GOING TO TRANSFORM THIS BEAST INTO. LIGHT BULB, CAFE RACER!



I STRIPPED THE BIKE DOWN TO THE FRAME AND ENGINE AND STUDIED ITS LINES. CUT OFF WHEEL CAME OUT AND THE REAR SUBFRAME GOT CHOPPED OFF. HAND CRAFTED A NEW SUBFRAME THAT WAS MINIMALISTIC AND WITH CLEAN LINES. FABRICATED NEW BATTERY MOUNT HIDDEN UNDER THE TAIL, SUBFRAME SIDE PANELS AND A NEW REAR COWL ALL MADE FROM STEEL BY HAND. NEXT WAS THE TAILLIGHT, MOST TALLIGHTS ARE BIG AND BULKY AND RUIN THE LINES OF THE BIKE AND I WASNT GOING TO LET THAT HAPPEN HERE. I CUT THE REAR SUBFRAME TUBE HORIZONTALLY AND WELDED IN A FLAT BAR TO ALLOW A CUSTOM LED TAILLIGHT TO MOUNT FOR A FLUSH, SLEEK AND MEANT TO BE LOOK. THEN I MADE THE LICENSE PLATE TURN SIGNAL MOUNT OUT OF ALUMINUM. THE STOCK FOOT CONTROLS WERE STRIPPED OFF NEXT AND CUSTOM MOUNTS MADE FOR NEW MACHINED ALUMINUM REAR SETS TO GET THE RIDING POSITION RIGHT FOR THE CAFE SPORT BIKE IT IS GOING TO BE. THAT BEING SAID THE RECOMMENDED HEIGHT OF THE RIDER IS 5'9" AND UNDER. I AM 5'7" AND CAN EASILY FLAT FOOT THE GROUND AND FIT LIKE A GLOVE ON FOOT CONTROLS. PEOPLE ANY TALLER THAN 5'9" WILL START TO FEEL CRAMPED ON FOOT CONTROLS. MY APOLOGIES TO THE TALLER FOLKS. NEXT I FELT LIKE TACKING THE GRANDPA FRONT END FORKS. OFF THEY WENT ALONG WITH THE TRIPLE TREES, GAUGES, LIGHTS AND HAND CONTROLS. ALL OF THAT HAD TO GO ASAP. DECIDED AN INVERTED USD FORK SWAP WAS PERFECT FOR THIS. I CALLED UP DEVIN AT COGNITOMOTO IN VIRGINA AND HAD HIM MAKE ME A CUSTOM MACHINED SET OF FORGED ALUMINUM TRIPLE TREES AND STEERING STEM FOR A 2008 SUZUKI GSXR-750. AFTER INSTALLING THE FORKS AND TREES I KNEW I WANTED SPOKED WHEELS FOR THAT OLD SCHOOL CLASSIC LOOK. STOCK MAG WHEELS HAD TO GO AND NEXT WAS HOW TO GET THE WHEELS I WANTED. CALLED DEVIN BACK UP AND SAID IT WAS TIME TO MAKE ME A CUSTOM FRONT WHEEL WITH 52 SPOKES, A SUN RIM AND CUSTOM MACHINED HUB TO FIT THE GSXR FRONT END. NEXT WAS THE REAR WHEEL. THIS BIKE IS SHAFT DRIVEN, NO CHAIN. BEING ITS A MAG WHEEL I COULD NOT USE THE HUB TO MAKE A SPOKE WHEEL. SEARCHING ON EBAY I FOUND A REAR WHEEL OFF OF A 2004 HONDA SHADOW AND IT'S SHAFT DRIVEN. THE HUB HAD THE CORRECT AMOUNT OF TEETH IN IT FOR THE DIFFERENTIAL. SO I PURCHASED IT CROSSING MY FINGERS I COULD MAKE IT WORK. AND WHAT DO YOU KNOW, IT DID! WHAT A LUCKY SHOT THAT WAS, I ALSO BOUGHT THE REAR BRAKE ASSEMBLY FOR IT TO BE A MATCHING SET. STRIPPED THE OLD RIM AND SPOKES OFF OF IT AND SENT THE HUB TO BUCHANAN SPOKES FOR CUSTOM SPOKES, OFFSET AND RIM TO BE MADE. THEY SENT ME BACK THE FINISHED PRODUCT WITH THE CORRECT OFFSET, MATCHING SUN RIM - BLACK ANODIZED SAME AS THE FRONT - AND GORGEOUS STAINLESS STEEL SPOKES THAT THE FRONT RIM ALSO HAS. FRAME IS BACK TO A ROLLER. SEEING THE STANCE OF THE REDESIGNED MACHINE REINERGIZED ME TO PUSH ON. STRIPPED THE WIRING HARNESS OUT AND REMOVED THE ENGINE. SAND BLASTED THE FRAME AND POWDER COATED IT GLOSS BLACK. REMOVED ENGINE ROCKER COVERS AND INSPECTED TOP END, ADJUSTED THE VALVES AND INSTALLED NEW OEM HONDA ROCKER COVER GASKETS. ENGINE RAN SO GOOD AND WITH ONLY 10K MILES ON THE ODOMETER, NO NEED TO TEAR THE ENGINE DOWN. CLEANED UP THE ENGINE AND SET HER ASIDE. MOVING ON TO ELECTRICAL. DRILLED AND TAPPED THE TOP TRIPLE TREE FOR A NEW ACEWELL SPEEDO FEATURING TACH, COOLANT TEMP, BATTERY VOLTAGE, LAP TIME, SHIFT LIGHT AND MORE! NEXT WAS INTEGRATING THE GSXR HAND CONTROLS WITH THE HONDA HARNESS. REMOVE ALL THE OLD SPLIT LOOM TUBING OFF OF THE HARNESS, DISECT ALL THE WIRING OUT THAT WOULDN'T BE NEEDED ANYMORE AND SOLDERED IN THE GSXR HAND CONTROLS, ACEWELL SPEEDO UNIT, TAILLIGHT, IGNITION SWITCH, LED TURN SIGNALS AND DAYMAKER STYLE PROJECTOR LED HEADLIGHT. WRAPPED ENTIRE HARNESS IN NEW BRAIDED LOOM, PRESTO, A BRAND NEW FACTORY LIKE HARNESS READY TO GO BACK IN. REINSTALLED THE ENGINE AND HARNESS, MADE AND INSTALLED NEW BATTERY CABLES FOR THE NEW TINY AND LIGHT WEIGHT HIGHLY POTENT LITHIUM ION BATTERY. TIME FOR PAINT AND BODY WORK. THE FUEL TANK WAS MOLDED AT THE REAR FOR THE FACTORY SEAT, WELL THATS UGLY AND THE NEW SEAT WILL NOT BE ANYTHING LIKE THIS. WELDED IN SHEET METAL AND BODY WORK TANK FLUSH AND SMOOTH WITH NO MORE INDENTION FOR A SEAT. TIME FOR COLOR CHOICE, I DECIDED I WANTED THIS BIKE TO LOOK CLASSIC AND NEW AND WANTED THE COLORS TO GIVE A CLASSIC LOOK. ROOT BEER PEARL WITH A CREAM AND GOLD PEARL TWO TONE. AFTER DAYS OF STRIPPING ALL THE FACTORY PAINT OFF DOWN TO STEEL, ON WENT ALL NEW URENTHANE PRODUCTS FROM PRIMERS, BASE COAT, TRI COAT AND CLEAR COAT. ALL WET SANDED AND BUFFED TO GLASS LIKE PERFECTION. STICK A STRAW INTO THAT FUEL TANK AND YOU GET A ROOTBEER FLOAT FOR SURE!



GETTING CLOSE TO THE FINISH LINE NOW AND I NEED THIS BEAST TO SOUND LIKE ONE WITH A PURPOSE. OFF WITH THE STOCK EXHAUST, STRIPPED TO METAL. CERAMIC COATED AND TITANIUM WRAPPED. CUSTOM MACHINED POLISHED ALUMNIUM TIPS NOW IN PLACE OF THE RESTRICTED QUIET MUFFLERS. SOUNDS AMAZING! CLEAN, AGGRESSIVE AND A ONE OF A KIND V4 SOUND. FINALLY THE SEAT, CUSTOM MADE FIBERGLASS SEAT PAN MOLDED TO THE SUBFRAME AND FUEL TANK MOUNTING AREA, CUSTOM FOAMED FOR JUST THE RIGHT SHAPE AND SIZE THEN OFF TO UPHOLSTERY, BLACK VINYL WITH BROWN STITCHING AND PLEETED FOR ANOTHER CLASSIC LOOK. TIME TO INSTALL THE CUSTOM STAINLESS BRAIDED BRAKE AND CLUTCH LINES ALONG WITH THE CUSTOM MADE THROTTLE CABLES. TURN THE KEY AND SHE FIRED RIGHT UP!



IT HAS BEEN FUN, CHALLENGING AND AT TIMES EXHAUSTING BUT KNOWING THAT NOBODY WILL EVER PULL UP TO YOU AT A RED LIGHT WITH THE EXACT SAME BIKE MAKES IT ALL WORTH IT. IF IT WAS EASY, SHE WOULDN'T BE THE MASTERPIECE THAT SHE IS. BIKE WAS JUST COMPLETED 9-23-16.



ABOUT ME:

THIS CLEAN AND SIMPLE BIKE IS A ONE OF A KIND MACHINE THAT WILL TAKE YOU PLACES YOU'VE NEVER BEEN. EVERYTHING I BUILD IS BUILT WITH PASSION AND WITH THE IDEA OF 'I WON'T BUILD WHAT I WON'T RIDE'. I AM A PROFESSIONAL PERFECTIONIST WITH AN EYE FOR DETAIL. I HAVE BUILT CUSTOM MOTORCYCLES AND AUTOMOBILES THAT HAVE BEEN PURCHASED AND SHIPPED AROUND THE WORLD. I AM A PETERBILT DIESEL TECHNICIAN WHO LOVES BUILDING CUSTOM RIDES, REPURPOSING THE OLD AND CREATING THE NEW. FROM A YOUNG AGE I HAD A GIFT FOR CREATING AND FIXING AND OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS I HAVE PERFECTED MY SKILL THROUGH COUNTLESS CUSTOM BUILDS. YOU CAN BUY WITH CONFIDENCE AS I TAKE PRIDE IN WHAT I DO.


ENTIRE BUILD BELOW

Front End

*GSXR-750 Anodized gold USD Inverted Forks

*GSXR-750 front Tokico brake system with new front brake rotors, hardware and dual Galfer Stainless braided front brake lines

*GSXR-750 hand controls

*Custom throttle cables made for GSXR hand controls and Honda carbs

*Custom aluminum bar end mirrors and hand grips

*Nissin front brake and clutch master cylinders with fresh fluids and custom single fluid reservoir setup.

*Polished adjustable clutch and brake levers

*Cognitomoto custom machined aluminum steering stem with Allballs conversion taper bearings

*Cognitomoto custom machined aluminum triple trees

*Cognitomoto custom machined aluminum front wheel hub

*Front SUNRIM 17x3.5 spun aluminum rim black anodized and custom stainless steel spokes and nipples

*Bridgestone Battlax T30F 120/70-17

*Harley Davidson 6" headlight bucket and ring powder coated Gloss black with Daymaker style LED projection headlamp system



Fabrication and Body work

*Hand fabricated rear subframe, side panels and rear cowl from steel.

*Weld in gas tank seat indention

*Drill and polish radiator shrouds

*Fabricate rear license plate and turn signal mount out of aluminum then polished

*Notch swing arm to allow clearance for wider rear tire, stock size 130, new size 160

*Custom rear brake mount to swing arm

*Fabricate foot control (rear sets) mounts and rear brake lever spindle

*Custom forged aluminum rear sets and adjustable linkage

*Root beer and cream gold pearl paint work, Matrix Urethane Products

*Custom molded fiberglass seat pan, foam work and pleated seat cover

*Sand blast complete frame and powder coat gloss black



Engine

*Valve adjustment and top end inspection completed

*Reseal rocker covers with OEM Honda gaskets

*Complete service done to engine and transmission, OEM Honda filters, seals and oil

*Rear differential inspection and service completed

*Remove factory exhaust system, strip to bare steel and ceramic coat system black, wrap head pipes in titanium exhaust wrap. Replace mufflers with custom machined, polished aluminum Lowbrow ribbed exhaust tips, sounds excellent!



Rear End

VT750 Honda Shadow Aero rear wheel hub, Stripped and powder coated gloss black.

Custom made stainless steel spokes by Buchanan spokes

Rear wheel assembled, trued with Sabre offset by Buchanan spokes

Custom drilled 18x4.25 SUNRIM anodized black

Custom rear wheel bearings conversion for the hub swap

Bridgestone Battlax T30 160/60-18 rear tire

VT750 Shadow rear brake assembly, stripped and power coated gloss black

Rear brake rod powder coated gloss black



Electrical

*Acewell 4553 Digital Tacho Speedo unit

*LED turn signals (Rear Only) no front signals for simplicity and cleanliness

*Custom Dynamics LED taillight with strobe brake function

*Daymaker style, LED Projection headlamp system, High and Low beam

*Mini "Hide away" ignition switch

*Complete wiring harness overhaul and tuck for simplicity and cleanliness.

*AntiGravity Lithium Ion AG-801 battery



FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME FOR MORE INFO AND MORE PICTURES IF NEEDED, I HAVE TONS OF PICTURES OF EACH STEP OF THE BUILD.

PLEASE EBAY MESSAGE ME, CALL OR TEXT 702-830-6269 WITH ANY QUESTIONS AND OFFERS. BUYER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PICK UP AND OR SHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS. I WILL GLADLY ASSIST IN WORKING AROUND YOUR SCHEDULE. $500 DEPOSIT DUE AT TIME OF EBAY PURCHASE SECURES THE MACHINE FOR YOU, OTHERWISE IT GETS RELISTED. THANKS LADIES AND GENTLEMEN AND GOD BLESS.

AS ALWAYS, CLEAN NEVADA TITLE IN MY NAME

BIKE WILL COME WITH A BUILD SHEET LISTING ALL THE PARTS AND DETAILS OF THE BUILD AS WELL AS ORIGINAL OWNERS MANUAL
 

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Nice work figuring out the spoked rear.

Lot of time and effort put into this and it looks nice.

Unfortunately, no one here is going to buy it unless you only want $500 for it.
 

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The only thing I like less then the mess you've created is the long winded, ramble that accompanies it. Where is the road test description for this art project?
 

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Can you even see that license plate from 50 feet behind the motorcycle? :/ Do you know what fenders are for? :/ Straight headers sound excellent lol in your dreams!
It is traditional that when you want to sell something to have a price in mind :/ did I miss an asking price in all that text? :/ No mention of how much money you have invested in it!
... Get ready for some harsh comments and low offers!
 

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Can you even see that license plate from 50 feet behind the motorcycle? :/ Do you know what fenders are for? :/ Straight headers sound excellent lol in your dreams!
It is traditional that when you want to sell something to have a price in mind :/ did I miss an asking price in all that text? :/ No mention of how much money you have invested in it!
... Get ready for some harsh comments and low offers!
$13,500 (or $18,000 for us Canucks) Other Makes: HONDA VF700S SABRE CAFE | eBay

It looks like one of those hot foot exhaust systems.
 

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I see...hydraulic clutch.
BMW has their own mineral oil for their clutch system in case it leaks into the crankcase.
Brake fluid in the oil pan sucks.

Can't imagine getting the bubbles out of the long clutch reservoir tube would be easy...
 

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Shared brake / clutch reservoirs are nothing new, but he could have placed the res in a more concealed position. There's no pressure in those lines so the zip ties shouldn't be a problem (although, again, not the tidiest or ultimately best solution).
 
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