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1970 Honda CL450

bikes CL450 completed bikes

I haven't built a bike for myself in over 3 years.  So after a horrible 2012 getting cancer again, doing chemotherapy, full body radiation and having a bone marrow transplant.  I was aching to build something I have thought about for years and use the build as therapy while I was recovering to get back into the swing of things.  Everyone knows me for building cafe bikes, well, I actually build motorcycles, any brand any model as long as they are from the 60’s or 70’s.  I wanted to build something I could take off-road or jump off a curb and actually carry stuff with me when I ride.  I bought the donor bike a few years ago and it was soo clean I was unsure if I wanted to even modify it.  But being someone who can never leave good enough or perfect alone, I had to take it to the extreme.  I was collecting many parts for the build over the next few years while it was just sat upstairs in my personal work area.  I did a little mock up here and there over the years to dial in some of the parts I wanted to use.  Then I started to spend every saturday just working on the fabrication.  I basically had to assemble and build the whole bike as it was going to be finished before it was taken apart for all the plating and coatings.  The 40 cal. ammo cans were custom mounted with 70’s Hondaline saddle bag mounts that I chopped up so they would come off and on easy.  The exhaust had to mount under the left side ammo can and the rear suspension was a lot taller so custom gearing and clearance for the chain was needed.  Every nut and bolt that I was using had to be accounted for and all the chrome had to be stripped before the zinc plating.  After mock up everything went out to powder coating, yellow zinc plating, anodizing and paint.  The ammo cans house solar panels from Goal Zero, they charge a flashlight and speakers form Goal Zero too and they charge my iPhone while I ride.  They will charge anything with a USB port.  The tail light is a model A reproduction from Lick’s cycle that I bought over 5 years ago and it pretty much sums up my 2012 year and how I felt against the world

Pics shot by: Eric Simpson Photography

Specs:

  • CL350 gas tank with custom Lossa gas cap
  • 40 cal. ammo cans as saddle bags
  • 2 into 1 exhaust with a Lossa reverse cone muffler
  • Custom made headlight ears
  • H.I.D. headlight with custom rock guard
  • Mikuni VM34 carbs with K&N pod filters
  • gold “O” ring chain
  • cut down shortened seat with canvas upholstery and brass grommets
  • wired from scratch with a modern rectifier and dry cell battery
  • gold steering stabilizer
  • billet bear trap pegs
  • Lick’s Cycle “Fuck U” taillight
  • lightening holes everywhere
  • Custom made bash guard
  • Joker Machine billet levers, throttle, brake strap & axle adjusters
  • Excell high flanged aluminum rims powder coated black
  • Custom back rack
  • Custom reservoir shocks
  • Renthal bars
  • 3 stage House of Kolor paint with a flat clear
  • Dunlop dirt track tires
  • Goal Zero modified solar panels

 



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