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Joined Forum after watching Hackaweek work on his Saber cafe racer. Presently have BMW GS 1200 and a 91 CBR000F for riding and
have three 83 VF 750 Interceptors in the shed... those will be the basis of the build I want to do...
the bike ran 3 summers ago, I put 1500 miles on it.. it has been sitting so carbs need cleaned at least.
Looking at it stripped down in the shed gave me some ideas and Hackaweeks Saber got me thinking this could
work out.
 

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Stripping it down is a dumb place to start.
Seek out the newbie "read first" thread

They make shitty "café racers" or other drag queens.

Think more "vintage performance"
Like this

 

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J_G's right. Build a good Freddie replica with a quality shock absorber. Throw the others away after you have seagulled all the good parts onto one bike.

Danger, is my business."
 

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Jag, Stripping down meant pulling plastics off for cleaning and or painting. etc... all plastics I have are
beat, multiple paint jobs, previous owner hacked of windscreen one fairing.This bike was a project a few years ago to bring 3 in to one running which I did.
Now I am looking to decide if I put it back together and paint it semi original or make it a cafe or a street fighter.


I did read the Newbie thread..

Here is what it looked like a few summers ago.
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J_G's right. Build a good Freddie replica with a quality shock absorber. Throw the others away after you have seagulled all the good parts onto one bike.

Danger, is my business."
Not that your doing this...........but I am tired of seeing 1970 cr750 tail seat, clubmans that belong on an old BSA, that tail light license plate combo on the axle, and that checkered strip along the tank on newer bikes like a 1984 gs1100 or a vfr...........come on people.....what are you thinking. I feel that style is barely acceptable on earlier honda cb's. C'mon.........get the style correct.

I've seen this style on a bike when I was on the Ortega Highway. It was installed on a vf750.......I think he said he got the plastics from Airtech. Just a thought from the bleachers.



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basically the take away is two fold.
One, make sure the changes are positive and functional.
Two, play to the bike's strengths.
 

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I will look at AIRTECH to see if plastics are available. that photo is bad ass.
Jag, yes I dont want to take away from the bike...
After looking through a few posts here I have to admit you guys are brutal but honesty can be tough...
Time to get it running again and then look at paint.... Maybe like Flyin Fred..
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race livery is the best livery.

There are some shortcomings to those early interceptors that need to be fixed (like that 16" front wheel), but they are not bad bikes. bodywork is just plastic covering - as long as you are true to the era of the bike and try not to make it look like a 60's triumph I think you'll be fine.
 

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It is a interesting handling bike... flips around corners very easy...rear shock is for shit....came with Supertrapp exhausts which sound pretty decent..... seems to work fine.
Carbs were fine last time I ran it.. Breaks up front were sketchy. I added braided brake lines and rebuilt the calipers. biggest thing was years of dirt and grime...
 
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