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Old 12-30-2008, 12:20 PM   #1
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My 1981 CB900F Restoration

Just thought it would be good to share my 1981 CB900F restoration. I got this bike for free and then spent the last 3 years making various upgrades. I am working on some details this year:

Custom brake stay
Convert to LED Signals and add Brake Light LED Flashers
Install Dyna 2000 Ignition
More Powder Coating small brackets and such
Redo my Tail Light Mod

This is what my bike looked like when I got it (a corroded mess):










First year upgrades and restoration included:

New Paint
New Engine Covers
Rebuild Carbs
Tail Light Tuck Mod
Rechrome Yoshi Exhaust
New Bearings and Seals
New Tires
Convert Headlight to CB1100F Fairing and Gauges
Cleaned up Corroded Bolts and Nuts
Rebuild Brakes
Adjust Valves and Timing Chain
Convert to Mini Turn Signals
etc....







These are the parts needed to change the front end to the CB1100F fairing and gauges:





This is the end result after the first year of the restoration:




The 2nd Year Improvements included:

Pinstripes and Honda Wing
Underbraced Swingarm
Rearsets with Tarozzi Pegs and Controls
Piggyback Shocks
Steering Damper
Stainless/Titanium Exhaust
Rear Fender Mod













Last year's upgrades include:

Drilled Rotors
Powder Coated Brake Calipers & Oil Pan
Upgraded Clutch
Converted back to 900F Headlight and Gauges
New Keihin 31mm CR Special Smoothbore Carbs











Well there she is (Black Beauty) for now and she will be even better after this winter's project is finished. i am thinking about putting this bike intothe Alaska Custom Cycle Show in March 2009. The bike only has 21,000 original miles and I am the second owner.
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:33 PM   #2
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Looks great that was alwas one of my favorite bikes.
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:08 PM   #3
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DAMN RIGHT !!!!!!!!!


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Old 12-30-2008, 04:30 PM   #4
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Well Done!

Very, very nice
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Old 12-30-2008, 05:02 PM   #5
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Old 12-31-2008, 12:07 PM   #6
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Truly amazing! That is a beautiful bike. I had one for a couple years, sold it about a year ago. Mine wasn't near as nice as yours and I still loved the bike. I shouldn't have sold it.
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Old 12-31-2008, 01:27 PM   #7
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LOVE IT.

I had a 81 CB750F that came with a 900F parts bike... I wanted to swap everything around and create something like this, but no way am I that patient, nor do I have that kind of money.

Lovely!
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Old 01-02-2009, 08:20 PM   #8
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Hey guys thanks for the kind words!!!

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Originally Posted by NDMX743
Truly amazing! That is a beautiful bike. I had one for a couple years, sold it about a year ago. Mine wasn't near as nice as yours and I still loved the bike. I shouldn't have sold it.
You know you are going to have to go out and buy another one now.

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LOVE IT.

I had a 81 CB750F that came with a 900F parts bike... I wanted to swap everything around and create something like this, but no way am I that patient, nor do I have that kind of money.

Lovely!
Thanks WB~

I did go off the deep end $$$$ and I'm not quittting now. I have second set of bodywork and will be changing the bike from year to year. I think I just need another bike but we all know where that will lead me. The PO is really sorry that he didn't do the things taht I've accomplished but he never could get past the "market value" versus "sentimental value".

The real benefit is a bit of theraputic time for me to just work on the bike in the garage and get away from it all. My wife has been very understanding too but does raise an eybrow on the packages that arrive from all over the world at times. I'll update this thread later on when this years updates are completed.

Thanks again, all, for the compliments.

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Old 01-02-2009, 09:48 PM   #9
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That generation CBF was one of the truly lustworthy bikes of my misspent youth. I really really like what you've done to your Honda. She truly is a black beauty. Kudos to you.
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:21 PM   #10
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Stunningly beautiful craftsmanship. Thank you for sharing.
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:37 AM   #11
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The real benefit is a bit of theraputic time for me to just work on the bike in the garage and get away from it all.
Well said. Awesome bike and great work!! I've done a few restorations myself but never anything this detailed. I just haven't found the right bike...or, should I say, it hasn't found me! I love these old Honda sportbikes they look to be way ahead of their time, especially this one!
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:22 AM   #12
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Very nice.

I resurrected a 900 Custom once. $275
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:45 AM   #13
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Absolutely beautiful

Great eye for detail. Can I send my 88 Hawk up to you for a makeover this winter?
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Old 04-22-2009, 12:01 AM   #14
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Wondering if i could get some info?

Hi , real nice bike. I have a 81 750 im just started fixing up. i was wondering if you could tell me were you got you parts.
thanks
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Old 04-22-2009, 04:20 AM   #15
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This is my new platonic ideal of a motorcycle. All the style and performance of a cafe racer, all the ergonomic sense of a classic standard. Well done!
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