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Hey Ya'll...newbie needs advice!

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Hey guys, I'm new to metrics...I've been into American V-twins for the last 5 years or so. Choppers and Customs mostly, anyway I recently got turned on to Cafe Racers, really dig the style and at the same time looking for something as a daily rider to get back and forth from work and scoot around the city. So I've decided I'm going to build a Cafe Racer for my daily rider. I want to use the Honda CB750 as a base, thinking about an early to late 70's model. So my question is there any certain model or year that is better then another year to build off of? Maybe some years have better handling then others or better drivetrain/engine then others? Any help would be much appreciated.

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Are you talking about the Honda Motorcycle Identification Guide? They still make those and you can order them at any dealer. Mine goes from 1959 to 1998. Has a single pic of each model, vin numbers, engine numbers, major design changes.

There is also rumor of a service parts cross reference. I've never seen one, I have seen a scan of a page out of one. It had no pics, but listed model vins, part numbers for various service parts and some way of cross referencing those numbers with other models that the part would fit. Things like a CB175 rear sprocket will fit CB125, CB160 etc. Hugely valuable to a restorer and very rare. At one time I searched high and low for one.

I have a good friend that's the parts manager at a dealer...wonder if he would give me the CD's for their outdated parts system when they get a yearly update.
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