Aloha all, so here I am with a new to me 1970 CB450. My last one was a 1970 CL450 and I've also had a 78' CB750 and a 1969 SL350. The twins are my favorite.
This one is exceptionally fugly. It hasn't had tags/registration since 1980, it's been sitting (outside) since 1999, and it has all the "cool" shit from the late 1970s. Mini ape-hangers, freeway pegs, 4" over forks, diamond shaped upholstery, and lots and lots of rust!
I think I'm going to call it "el perrito" because it really is a dog right now. Plans call for a full overhaul on the motor, seat and tank, electronic ignition of some sort, clip-ons and rearsets, and LOTS of cleaning/polishing.
I'm thinking mostly black with orange powdercoated rims for a color scheme.
Anyways it's already torn down and I'm sure you all want some pics, so...
Got the forks re-sealed/rebuilt today, so they're mostly ready. Didn't get much else done on it.
I'm thinking of going with a 2-1 exhaust that comes together under the bike (like a Buell) with a more modern silencer/muffler. I have a guy who can bend up the head pipes, but what about the actual silencer/muffler? I could go the dirtbike route (aluminum and shorter), or maybe get a Buell take-off??? anyone have any ideas/experience with this approach?
I wouldn't go either route on the muffler. Dirt bike route would be too dirt bike, and buell route too "rice". I'm not a fan on the buell muffler, or any modern muffler, big n' fat? Nah, go get a cone muffler with that 2-1 set up~
As to updates, I've been working on a SOLID seat mounting setup and I should be done with that pretty soon as time permits.
My motor is nearly ready as well. I'm having a friend of a friend work on it as my time is limited these days. I looked at it after tear-down and all looks pretty clean. I got some new piston rings and piston pins are on the way. Also got a new cam chain and rubbers and that's about it besides gaskets. The original honing marks are still on the cylinders!!!
I'll get some pics up when I have something interesting to shoot.
Oh yeah, the gap between the seat and upholstery pan is there on purpose. I'll put 1/2" behind as well as in front of the metal so that I can get a thicker looking back portion, as well as to help clear the hump in the seat.
So, after lots of job-related stuff, a trip to Oklahoma, and a bout with gastro-enteritis; I've been working on the bike some.
Today I sent the frame/wheels/and some other bits off to powdercoat.
dropped the seat pan off with the upholsterer. (going with the ostrich again...)
Got my Acewell computer in the mail today ;D
I also have a bunch of other misc parts ordered/arrived, so I'll likely start re-assembly late in the week.
Motor nearly ready to go in and some of the carnage from the PO...
Frame back from powdercoating and seat pan back from upholstery guy.
Fender mod for the battery to sit nice and snug - I. Heart. Velcro. Really.
Wheels are out at Johnson & Wood getting laced, they're also mounting the Avon Roadriders I ordered. Hopefully I'll have a roller by early next week, then I can get cracking on re-wiring and then It'll be time to ride it.