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help building one of these

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The first bike I ever wanted was a late 50s beemer (R26 or something similar) but I can't afford one. There is hope as I recently found an image of a Honda C70, and it's a somewhat close approximation in look without the cost. It also seems to have some styling cues from early Indians and flathead Harleys:

So I'm proposing simply modifying a later-model Dream (CA72/77) by adding straighter bars, brown grips and solo seat, and the rear rack with some funky brown saddlebags and top trunk. Where might one go about finding these items?

This will be a city commuter. I've heard the Dreams are somewhat gutless but they use the same 305 as the Super Hawks, so how easily tweakable are they and are they as reliable as the 350 from the CBs? Ever come across one of these in person? They are nice and small and easily parkable on sidewalks.

This person apparently has something going on engine wise, as evidenced by the pipes and head color (but this could be for aesthetics only). Also check out the cafe seat and whitewalls:

Another, with solo seat and pillion, but I noticed it seats deeper than the C70. Perhaps that was an adaptation for a spring on the seat? I like the look of the solo without the rear seat; the fender is nice and swoopy. This image proves that it is possible without too much work (hopefully).

Am I crazy? I'm fascinated by this model, after seeing it for about 5 years with no interest whatsoever. I think it's the front fender.
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good stuff. i just purchased a black ca77, bone stock, for a reasonable price. i have sourced a c70 style solo seat, but i may just get one custom made to sit lower on the frame, show off that sexy little fender. the tank has to go as well, so i'm looking for something longer and leaner, preferably a stock honda part.

after this project, i'd like to jump on a superhawk or early 450 ('68 maybe).

guys on the 305 list are somewhat aware of mods, mainly boring the motor out to 350 and using some stock 350 race parts like cams and a standard jetted carb from a cb.

i think it's a different type of ride and i've yet to see one locally.
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