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New Cafe Racer Project

I picked up a new project a couple weeks ago and am pretty close to getting it running. For those who helped with my ignition bypass question, it helped a lot as I found out last night that the ignition switch doesn't work very well. Anyways, it's a 1972 CL450 picked up from another member here on the board. I lucked out that the carbs were cleaned and then left dry, and the tank was rust free. It also came with a battery that I just needed to fill and we have power! So far I'm up in the air as to make it a modern day cafe racer (new front forks, triples, disk brakes front/back) or keep it old school and modify and tinker with what I have. Nothing decided on paint or anything else yet but just want to get it running, new tires, basics like that right away and then start stripping it down to the frame this summer and cleaning up the different parts as I go.








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Very nice! Be sure to visit www.hondatwins.net for a treasure trove of advice and cheap parts. They even have an entire subforum dedicated to 450's!
Good luck with the project, I hope you have a fat wallet :-D
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Very nice! Be sure to visit www.hondatwins.net for a treasure trove of advice and cheap parts. They even have an entire subforum dedicated to 450's!
Good luck with the project, I hope you have a fat wallet :-D
Going to try to do this on a budget and spend as little as possible. No fancy paint jobs, no outsourced custom parts, nothing like that. All of it made by me or swapped in by me for cheap. Right now I've spent 20 bucks to buy some acid from the guy at the local HD dealer for my battery. I'd like to keep it cheap!

As for the other forum, I don't think I've seen that one yet. I've been on dotheton.com looking at projects and asking questions so far, but I'll definitely check that one out. looks like you own one that's similar so you may have just volunteered yourself as a resource for random questions!

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Going to try to do this on a budget and spend as little as possible. No fancy paint jobs, no outsourced custom parts, nothing like that. All of it made by me or swapped in by me for cheap. Right now I've spent 20 bucks to buy some acid from the guy at the local HD dealer for my battery. I'd like to keep it cheap!

As for the other forum, I don't think I've seen that one yet. I've been on dotheton.com looking at projects and asking questions so far, but I'll definitely check that one out. looks like you own one that's similar so you may have just volunteered yourself as a resource for random questions!
$20 FOR ACID?!?!?!!!! I buy a whole 5gal of battery acid for like $12
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$20 FOR ACID?!?!?!!!! I buy a whole 5gal of battery acid for like $12
Yeah, I had no idea where to get some - needed it now, and it was like 2 blocks from my house. I guess I can consider it a convenience charge
Plus, I wouldn't need any more than what they put in there so worked out well for me... but yeah, I prolly got ripped off LoL

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Yeah, I had no idea where to get some - needed it now, and it was like 2 blocks from my house. I guess I can consider it a convenience charge
Plus, I wouldn't need any more than what they put in there so worked out well for me... but yeah, I prolly got ripped off LoL
did they charge it too?
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did they charge it too?
They started to, but I told them I just wanted to pick it up if it was filled already and I could charge it myself. They got about half way charged before I went over to grab it and take it back to my charger.

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Waa..Cafe racer? Shoulda made that into a Scrambler.
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Waa..Cafe racer? Shoulda made that into a Scrambler.
Well technically it's still a Scrambler since it's still in stock trim. I haven't changed anything on it yet. I'm just worried about getting it running as of right now.

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BTW KEEP THOSE PIPES!!! there is something about the scrambler pipes that makes me jealous.

You will find that those 450 carbs are quite easy to work with. I have them on my bike and they are easy to adjust.
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There's nothing you can do that we can't fix go ahead dig in there.

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The double leading shoe front brakes are cool .
Clean, check timing, and lube cams these brakes about set the standerd for drum brakes.

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LOL Gus, I think for the moment I will
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There's nothing you can do that we can't fix go ahead dig in there.
This makes me feel a lot better about trying to figure things out on my own!

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The double leading shoe front brakes are cool .
Clean, check timing, and lube cams these brakes about set the standerd for drum brakes.
These I might have to reference the manual and/or internet for a good "how to" so I don't mess anything up.

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BTW KEEP THOSE PIPES!!! there is something about the scrambler pipes that makes me jealous.

You will find that those 450 carbs are quite easy to work with. I have them on my bike and they are easy to adjust.
I do like the pipes, but they could use a little elbow grease to get them nice and shiny again. Luckily the rust is just a little in the seams and basic surface stuff so no holes or weak spots from what I can tell. My only issue is figuring out how to do rear sets with those pipes in the way...

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What do you guys think about going in this direction?

http://www.deus.com.au/gallery/bikes/the-mono-sr542/


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Looks cool, but not my style personally
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I love it it.....That would look great...Good luck
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