My 1981 CB900F Restoration

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by AlaskaGriz, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. AlaskaGriz

    AlaskaGriz Alaska Old School

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    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):

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    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....

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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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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  2. worgoose

    worgoose Been here awhile

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    Looks great that was alwas one of my favorite bikes.:beer
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  3. Boojum

    Boojum I Miss the PartyBoss

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    DAMN RIGHT !!!!!!!!! :clap :thumb :ear


    Boojum!
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  4. SOS

    SOS Ignorance is a gift

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    Very, very nice:clap
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  5. Jinx

    Jinx Call me Renzo

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    :raabia

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    :bow :thumb :bow
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  6. NDMX743

    NDMX743 Adventurer

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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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  7. WB-PDX

    WB-PDX Long timer

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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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  8. AlaskaGriz

    AlaskaGriz Alaska Old School

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    Hey guys thanks for the kind words!!!

    You know you are going to have to go out and buy another one now. :evil

    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.

    Dave
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  9. Kamakura Kid

    Kamakura Kid Been here awhile

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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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  10. Brad Felmey

    Brad Felmey Long timer

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    Stunningly beautiful craftsmanship. Thank you for sharing.
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  11. Olas

    Olas the darkness

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    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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  12. DELTATANGO

    DELTATANGO Motorcyclist and Dog Walk

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    Very nice.

    I resurrected a 900 Custom once. $275
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  13. cogitate

    cogitate What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like

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    Absolutely beautiful :thumb

    Great eye for detail. Can I send my 88 Hawk up to you for a makeover this winter? :wink:
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  14. garrbo

    garrbo n00b

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    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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  15. saviour.machine

    saviour.machine Adventurer

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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!:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap
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  16. Tommy2

    Tommy2 Been here awhile

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    Very nice.

    Sometimes its nice to build something and not worry about spending more than it's worth. Just make it how you want it and enjoy it!
    I imagine still less money into it than many new bikes cost.

    Plus it's one of a kind.
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  17. Brewtus

    Brewtus Buffoonery, Inc.

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    Very nicely done. It's prompting me to start on my 1982 GPz1100. Soon. :thumb
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  18. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    I'll believe that when I see it! :rofl
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  19. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    must have been parked for a while,it still had the tyres of the period,pirelli phantoms,looked rand new!.I had two of these an Fz and an Fa
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  20. DRZ400SK4

    DRZ400SK4 Long timer

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