1982 Honda CM450

What was your intended objective when you started the build?

Take a lame, unassuming motorcycle and re-make it with modern parts in the classic cafe racer style.

What motivated you to start your project?

I essentially wanted to build a cafe racer motorcycle from scratch, so I could learn everything I could possibly learn. Then for future rebuild projects I would have a baseline knowledge of what is worth is and is not worth my time, and what I do and do not enjoy doing.

What was the most unique and creative thing you did to the bike?

Most unique part of the bike is incorporating a single-sided swing arm and a rear monoshock conversion onto the frame of the 1982 Honda CM450. Also, the subframe I fabricated is a unique style that incorporates an x-frame behind the rear monoshock. I also made the cafe seat (fiberglass & epoxy resin) from a custom mold I created to fit the subframe perfectly.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of solving the high complexity of incorporating the single-sided swing arm with an old frame and providing enough chassis stiffness and subframe supports. I was a challenge to resolve the conflicts that this created with the rearsets, path for chain, and rear break master cylinder. Also I re-wire the entire bike’s electrical system from scratch.

What do other people say about your motorcycle?

Very unique and clean, parts from so many other bikes incorporated seamlessly.

 

 

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