Ever since I finished my Honda CL125S project, I've been telling myself to get back to this bike. But frankly, I've felt more than a little paralyzed, not really confident about how to proceed. There's bodywork questions, the footpeg and pedals are all totally up in the air, and I've had a devil of a time getting a precise measurement on the chain offset, since I don't have all the engine mounts sorted yet. There's also the whole engine rebuild I've been putting off. So, this morning before work, I sat down next to the bike and tried to think things through. I decided the biggest bottleneck was nailing down all the measurements needed to make my rear engine mounts. The chain offset is still slightly loosey-goosey, but I've decided that being within a millimeter or two will have to be good enough for now, just so I can stop dithering about it and get back to creating some hard parts. Better to do it and discover its wrong than never get around to doing it. With this in mind, I did design in some adjustment just by changing the length of a couple dowel spacers. The only thing I don't have here is distance from each of the upper and lower crossbars to its corresponding crankcase mounting boss. I already came up with some plastic templates that should be lying around somewhere in my workshop, I just need to find them and measure them.
I'm continuing to plug away at the rear motor mounts. It took a lot of trial fitting and filing to get the lengths of the inner rods and outer sleeves just right, so that there was no slop, but the rubber mounts didn't get crushed once everything was torqued down.
Now I am working out the dimensions of the actual mounting tabs between the assembly and the engine bosses with some scraps of HDPE sheet.
And here are the upper tabs in 1/4" steel. I didn't cut these myself; I found a place not too far away who can laser-cut parts from a DWG file. I e-mailed the file, PayPal'd them the money, and a couple of days later these showed up in the mail.
They still need to be welded. I haven't decided if I want to do that myself or have my local welding pro do it. I designed them to be captive on the cross-tube, so it's not a structurally critical weld, but these will be really apparent, and I don't want it all to look booger-y.
I've had a spare BSA 650 engine for one of my bikes for many years and finally decided to do something with it. I bought an 1970 A65 BSA Firebird frame from a salvage yard. I acquired a blown up Kawasaki 650 for the forks and front brakes, and a Suzuki mono shock swing arm and shock with...
Long time no see all,
Some of you may remember me from about two years ago, I built the silver CX500 cafe and was working on a 1970 CL100 race/cafe thing. Needless to say I had to put it on hold for a while because of the Army.
Long story short, I returned back to Texas from Afghanistan in...
Hi, I haven't posted for quite a while but I've finally retired, last week, so I thought I'd try again. I have cooled off on building crazy, modified, café bikes? and am now more interested in doing something a little more practical? I hope. I've still been buying up old Honda parts and stuff...
So I bought this clean one owner out of Orange county California for the foundation of my build, smelled like cat pee and was full of fur and bugs.
Stuck it my fiends 85 Audi 5000 Turbo Diesel Automatic Station wagon and drove my prize home.
And now the fun begins.
The plan is as follows...
Here's the base for this project; a 1980 Honda CB750F Supersport.
it has 13,400 miles on it. was restored two owners ago and generally a great bike. I've been riding it now for about 5 years. and yes, I don't put too many miles on it each season.
For those who followed my previous build...