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Hi!

Today I bought my first bike, a '84 CB750 which I am going to build into a café racer. I don't have ANY experience, but how hard can it be?!... No, Seriously I am probably going to post a shitload of questions to this forum, and hopefully with some help from friends here and in real life be able to make this bike reach it's full potential.

I'll edit this post later this week with some pictures of it's current state (which is quite good). But while I'm waiting for it to arrive - maybe you guys have some tips or links to get me started and to keep me occupied a little while I'm waiting.

My first question is: Where should I start?
I want to be able to ride it this summer, but still work on it a little bit. When winter sets in, I can take it all apart. But for now, I'd like to start off with smaller projects (that gives it a little more edge), so things that allows me to quickly set it back together and ride the wind would be great!


I am grateful for all replies!
 

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There are a significant number of threads on this site detailing why that specific bike should not be used to make a cafe bike. Once you get it do a full inspection, maintenance and ride it. Months later Google " 70's, 80's superbike". That's your model to work towards.

Now I'll let others berate you.
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Bummer.... I've tried to search around the forum a little, but perhaps you could post me a link to those threads. Thanx.

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This custom 1980 by http://www.crdmotorcycles.com/ is sort of what I'm going for. Are there any major differences between these two models that I should be aware of, or that will crush my dreams.
 

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Bummer.... I've tried to search around the forum a little, but perhaps you could post me a link to those threads. Thanx.

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This custom 1980 by Crd Motorcycles | Welcome to Cafe Racer Dreams is sort of what I'm going for. Are there any major differences between these two models that I should be aware of, or that will crush my dreams.
That isn't a racer. In fact there is nothing about that bike that is racebike in any way. And if you ask me, it's a giant pile of sloppy useless motorcycle not fit for anything other than people to masturbate to on the internet.
 

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Start here before you do anything else. http://www.caferacer.net/forum/new-members-read-here/22280-read-first.html Read it in it's entirety and then maybe you won't ask us stupid questions that will get you a reaming more the the casual one you have received so far. If you still plan on doing anything on the list of don'ts I would recommend you not reply here as no one will want to help someone who doesn't want help by not listening to years of experienced advice. Many of us have been there done that and know what works for creating an improvement in performance on a bike that is considered a real race bike (cafe racer) and not an exercise in a "look" or to be part of a "scene" which is depicted in the photo you supplied.
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Honda didn't make a CB750F in 1984. I believe the last year for that was in 1981 in the USA and 1982 in the rest of the world. The only 750s in 1984 were the CB750SC Nighthawk and the VF750F/S/C v-4s. So, the first question to answer is what do you really have? Is it an 84? Is it a CB750F DOHC? Is it a V-4? is it chain drive?
 

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It would be this bike:



Not sure what the name was in USA (or even if it was released there), but it was the CBX750F in other parts of the world.
 

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Actually ken Honda did make a 1984 cb750f for the European market, and it is not the cbx750f hillsy posted.
Was it the same as the US CB750F DOHC?
Never heard of it and I didn't see it listed on the interweb site I use for finding most foreign stuff.
 

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It was the same as the European cb750f, so about 95% the same as the American. The only reason I know about them is every once in a while someone would sign on to the cb1100f.net site with one and there would be a huge debate about it. Supposedly in some markets they sold the 750f unchanged until 1994 (of that I have no proof only rumor). I think the general consensus is that these were sold post 1982 in markets where the VFR had not yet been approved for sale and were an easy way for Honda to burn up inventory of parts and bikes .
 

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Have to say, i'm loving all this positivity! Great welcome to this place, internet-friends!

The bike looks like this:
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The contract states it is a: CB750F RC04

And regardless of your personal taste, I think I'll stick with mine. My reason for building this bike is not for top performance nor endurance. this bike will be a showcase bike for our gallery wit the necessary capabilities of riding from one show to another. so for this reason I'm interested in some tips on how to do make my bike look similar to the one i posted so that all the "pussy`s" will get wet and eat my dick as if it where coated with chocolate and strawberries.

Anyhow...

Question #1:
I'm going to want to strip the old paint off the tank. Sanding it down and polishing it, then riding with the metal-look. i want the natural patina to the tank and in that case, is there any need for a clear coating on top or can i leave it without.

please feel free to start off with the casual bashing of the "rat-bike" look - but I would be extra happy if anyone actually also throws in some serious tips and pointers on the subject.
 
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