Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

by C.W. Smith
(Thousand Oaks, CA, United States)

Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

Picture was taken in the early 70's at the top of Saddle Peak, the highest paved point of the Malibu Alps.

Starting from the front and working my way back...
Borrani rims, stainless steel spokes, Dunlop K81 - 4.10 X 19 front, 4.25 X 18 rear.
Re-valved CB750 forks, hard chromed, centerless ground fork tubes. A bit of fabrication allowed running dual disc brakes while retaining a working speedometer drive, topped off by an aluminum fender and Ceriani type fork wipers.
7" headlight, hand wound stator, custom wiring harness and switches.
Clip-on handle bars with Magura levers and throttle.
Engine, kick-start only, 3mm over with extensive head work, spark provided by automotive ignition coils. Hooker 2 into one, reverse cone megaphone.
Modified Keihin Carburetors running K&N air cleaners handled the fuel delivery.
Hand laid fiberglass tank and seat, Tickle rear-sets with Koni shocks holding up the rear.
This was a serious runner that ran very strong.

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Love the "cool factor"
by: c-j-b

Now that's a nostalgic period piece with many memories attached, no doubt.

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