Cb900f

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by McJamie, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. McJamie

    McJamie STROMINATOR

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    I have been assured by the friend that gave it to me, that the frame, engine, and several boxes of parts, when assembled correctly, will magically turn into an 82 CB900F.
    One of my all-time favourites. I've had both the 900 and the 750F in the past, one was a bone stock museum piece, the other was an angry superbike sort of thing.
    So I'm thinking about going a little different direction with this one. I can get some pretty chunky tires in the sizes I need, I have engine gaurds, MX bars, hangaurds from other things. The only tough thing might be some sort of skid plate. I could get some ammo cans for panniers. Would be a fairly cheap build I would think. I would not be concerned about making it pretty either.
    Anyone else done anything silly like this with one of these? or even any other big, air-cooled, 4 cly stuff? I've seen a couple of the later 919 models done like this, but totally different animal.
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  2. bigTITO

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    I've seen nothing like this! i have seen knobbies on an F, though. I have an '82 CB900F (for sale in flea market now) and I have never considered to do such a thing!
    On a luggage note, it seems not much was ever made for these F models. But, the styling is very similar to the CBX which did have a luggage option. The side cases look like the gl500 cases, so I picked some up with the idea to fit them on the F for a "stock" type look. I have never done it.

    Good luck and be sure to post pics of this franken-beast!
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  3. McJamie

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    The same bags that you could get for the CBX were also available for the 900, as well as the 750 Nighthawk, and both Sabre models. Very difficult to find these days because they were an optional item originally. You could also buy the CBX style fairing for those models too ( really rare)
    I did however, recently pick up a set of ammo cans about the same size pretty much for free. They have lights and everything built into them. It's likely what I'll use. I just need to find a way to mount them.
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    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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  5. McJamie

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    I picked up a set from a guy a week ago ( for the cost of a small case of beer ). They're not quite as big as the ones you have, but same idea. I'm going to order my tires this week. I'm leaning towards the Heideneau K60, they seem to have them in the correct size. The 100/90-19 front is pretty simple to find, it's the 120/90 or 130/80 - 18 rear is the tougher one to find. I really want a tire that's going to work well on dirt roads, but still works on pavement.
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  6. mousitsas

    mousitsas Long timer

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    What is your rear rim width? If it is 2.5", then a metzeler sahara enduro3 in 140/80-18 is the tyre you want. Fantastic on the road, very good off it.
    The 130/80-18 is more dirt oriented with larger gaps between the knobbies.
    However, I think you can find anakee2 type of tyres in 130-18 that are respectable on the dirt.
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  7. Pugsley/Hobbfather

    Pugsley/Hobbfather Been here awhile

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  8. McJamie

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    I ordered my tires this morning. I'm going with the Hiedenau K60's. 100/90-19 & 120/80-18.The rear is a bit smaller than I wanted but it should still work. I won't see the tires for a few weeks, he's put them on his booking program, saves us both a little more money.
    I picked up a few more things last week. A complete set of factory rear sets ( part of the sport package Honda sold as an accessory item for those bikes.), and a set of Hondaline bags. I have the ammo cans, but the Honda bags will bolt on with no effort at all. They wouldn't be as strong as the cans in case of a tipover obviously, but they are a bit bigger and have liners for them. I might be able to use the Honda brackets with the Ammo cans??? Lots of time to think about that.
    I also got a backrest/carrier combo. The one where the backrest slides forward for the rider to use. It needs a bit of a clean-up, but the boss will be glad I got it.
    Now I just need a bit of space in the garage, and we're away to the races.
    This should be cool when it's done.
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  9. Pugsley/Hobbfather

    Pugsley/Hobbfather Been here awhile

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    I'm going to be very inspired to dig my 750f SuperSport out to make it part of the running stable again. Pictures will make it even worse for me...
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  10. Bmblbee

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    It sounds like a monstrosity, and I wonder why you want rearsets on it, but three months on and no pics ... :(:
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  11. limeymike

    limeymike Who Me?

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    hey McJamie, we need McPics.
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    Like most of us, I usually have more than one bike project on the go at one time. The only things I have done, is move the thing into the garage, which I couldn't do until I sold the Concours, and I've made a list of what I have to buy, what I can re-use, and what I can ignore.
    Combine that with my workload at school leading up to the holidays, and I haven't done anything. The H1 and the A7 are much closer to being finished, and it bugs me to not have those done, but then start into something else. I'm not sure what you can tell from the pictures, but I have more than enough parts to get the project well underway. But workspace is also a bit of an issue.
    I do have to finish something, it looks like my kid will be riding the Sherpa in the spring, which means I need something else roadworthy, and I won't be buying anything else, without selling something first.
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    Pugsley/Hobbfather Been here awhile

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    At least you have plenty of room to move around...:huh

    Actually I'm always impressed by the organization that small spaces forces on people. I have a ridiculous amount of space, and it's a jumble of crap.

    Kudos!:clap
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  14. McJamie

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    When it's completely tidy, I can, and have, squeezed 6 bikes in there. The whole floor is carpeted. Several reasons for that. I can walk around bare foot if I choose, it's much warmer on cold days, but mostly because I have no overhead room, there's no room for a lift, so I tend to sit on the floor while working on stuff.But I also enjoy the looks from my nosey neighbours when I go out to vacuum my garage.
    When it's tidy, I have lots of work space, and other than welding equipment, have pretty much every tool I could ever need.
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  15. Pugsley/Hobbfather

    Pugsley/Hobbfather Been here awhile

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    I have several carpet scraps, but mostly the shop is concrete... Blacksmithing is the one art that can make it's own tools, so I have most, and can make the rest.

    I have gone out and welded in slippers, smithed in sandals and done all manner of idiotic things because they were expedient.

    Slippers and backing the bike out are a bad combo...

    ...BTW...
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  16. McJamie

    McJamie STROMINATOR

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    The colour has only just recently returned to my big toe after moving the Concours off the centrestand one day in the spring. So yes, any real work means footwear.
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    Nothing new as yet.
    I'm going to have to ( mostly) finish the H1 first and probably sell it, it'll give me the space and the cash-flow to get into the 900.
    It looks like someone else has started a similar project.Might be just the motivation I need to get back into it.
    Out of all the stuff that I have, it's the one that I most want to ride.
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    sailah Lampin' it

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  19. Entrepre-neer

    Entrepre-neer Ultimate Tight A$$

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    I knew I wasn't crazy to think the 900 would work for this....errr...not the only crAzy one!:clap
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  20. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    Should be a cool project. If you're interested, I have a set of XL600R forks with fresh seals, dust caps, and boots. I believe they're the same size as the CB900F, and the same axle diameter. The spacing is different (I think the CB has wider-spaced forks, so you'd have to make some wheel spacers and fab up an offset brake mount, If you want to get a little more travel in your front suspension. I put them together for a project I ended up giving to my brother for his first bike and he only wanted the stock street forks.
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