1980 cb650C cafe racer. Start to current.

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Aridecommando
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1980 cb650C cafe racer. Start to current.

Postby Aridecommando » Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:17 am

Hi guys,
This is my first post of my project. I am very new to motorcycles and probably a bit over my head, but I have had a blast with this project.

I welcome questions and feedback.

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Picked up this "complete" bike for $400.00. No exhaust or carbs.

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Day one.
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Starting the framework. I cut all unnecessary tabs and the center kickstand to clean the frame up.

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Re: 1980 cb650C cafe racer. Start to current.

Postby Aridecommando » Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:37 am

Rear shock mount......... Round one. Didn't work out so well........

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The tale loop was purchased from dime city cycles.

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Re: 1980 cb650C cafe racer. Start to current.

Postby Aridecommando » Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:50 am

I decided to keep the comstar rims. I sandblasted them, to save a few bucks before having them powder coated. Was not worth it at all. I took me over 8 hours to do, three bags of sand and only saved me $40.00.


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I had to pay a mechanic to remove the bearings. Cost $40.00, but I was able to reuse the bearings and seals.

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Re: 1980 cb650C cafe racer. Start to current.

Postby Aridecommando » Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:05 am

As I said before..... My first attempt at a rear shock mounting point. It obviously did not go so well.

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Re: 1980 cb650C cafe racer. Start to current.

Postby Aridecommando » Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:16 am

I decided to cut off and extend the loop and cut out the mounting points.

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I had two brackets made so I could have the lift I didn't get from the original mounting points.

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Re: 1980 cb650C cafe racer. Start to current.

Postby Aridecommando » Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:19 am

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Chassis is ready to go, heading to the fiberglass guy.

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Re: 1980 cb650C cafe racer. Start to current.

Postby Aridecommando » Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:23 am

Tank is sandblasted and seat cowl is taking design.

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Re: 1980 cb650C cafe racer. Start to current.

Postby Aridecommando » Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:27 am

The tank had holes in it from rust. Get it repaired or purchase a new tank that I actually liked.......

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Re: 1980 cb650C cafe racer. Start to current.

Postby Aridecommando » Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:29 am

Tail light and battery are installed. Tail light mounts to the battery box under the hump.

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