From 1970's Chopper to full on Rocker.

This old 1970's Praying Mantis Chopper is now commisioned for me to turn into a snarling Black  Cafe Racer, that will be tearing up and down the Japanese highway.

This is my second build for Japan, my last one turned out to be so popular, someone else wanted one like it, so here I am with the beggining of yet another Classic Cafe.


As you know, the Majority of the donor bikes are snotters and this one is no exception, this was dragged out of the back of a local gas station and was looking a poor as our economy.


I have just started the tear down on this beast and it will take some time to pull all the snot and grunge off of this, but I will certainly have this Chopper looking cooler than frozen beer.


So, sit back and take in the photo's and the write up, i know this will take time, but it is worth the wait and watch this CB750 transform into a Cafe Racer.

This chopper from 1974 has all the trade marks of that era, remember, this was when alot of aftermarket parts were readily available in magazines such as Chopper and Custom Bikes etc, I know, I still have some of those magazines.


Some of you may remember all these parts that were the "in" thing to have back in the day?

Remember the twisted chrome rear shock bar?

This changed a soft tail into a back wrenching hardtail in just a matter of minutes, but it was a harder ride than a unicyle with no seat and a flat tire, going uphill .


The bike also has all sorts of period parts, just look at that lumbar supported bitch seat sissy bar..

I removed the seat and it weighed about 30 pounds, I think the sissy bar support is made of concrete.

Once I slung that in the bin, I could get on with some work.

I removed the side panel and looking at me was the snottiest set of electrical components I have seen for a while, I have seen less rust on the Titanics toilet door.

Looks like I am in for a right fight with this frame and all its little suprises that are going to jump out at me.

OK, I carry on regardless, I need to get this bike stripped by tomorrow and the frame cleaned up and down to the bead blasters to get rid of all them years of muck.

I started the process and the main tools to complete this part of the dismantle are a 10,12,14,17,19 mm set of wrenches and a big "Bugger off" crescent wrench.

Plus the good old Vice grip, as this is invaluble at times, believe me.

My ole lady may think my nuts are old, but wait until she tries to loosen these ones on the 750.


Where to start?

 Man, anywhere, just jump in on something like this, but keep a couple of bins at the ready for the good parts you are keeping, and the snot that you are not, that way, it saves the driveway looking like a Pick-a-part yard.

So, I started by the seat, tank and then I got to it by removing the rear wheel, that was so snotty and there was about as much tread on the tire as on the wheel Barrow that God used to build the earth.

I removed the rear wheel and when I pulled the spindle out, the bloody bearing came out too, this was a bodged job and could of grenaded on any one at any time if they had managed to riden this beast.

The hub is goosed as someone had destroyed the bearing retainer nut and it was about as clean as  a Compton  Dumpster.

So, I shall cut the spokes out later, sling the hub and the spokes and probably at some other point bead blast the rim and powder coat it for a wild build at a later date.


There were so many snotty things on here I could write a book on the subject,  but I may as well carry on and tell you lot, at least this will give ya something to laugh at on a miserable day.

The electrical harness had more conections than the Italian Mafia.

There were more spades looking at me than a Shovel Factory.

Black went to yellow then to red, the guy must of been colorblind or just a frigging idiot.

I never use the old harnesses as they are just too much work and worry, if it was my own bike I would not mind as much, but this is for a guy across the other side of the world and do not want any problems with it, so I shall tear the harness out and keep the wires for any repairs on other stuff that people some time ask for.


The gas tank was about as useful as a chocolate teapot, and that had to be removed, and, as this is going to have one of my cool Cafe tanks, I didn't mind tossing this in the bead blasting bin.

The strong stench of cat's piss was soon upon me as I removed the gas tank and the frame revealed all sorts of nasties, dirt, grim, cats piss and more snot than a runny nose.

But, as they said about the 6 million Dollar man," we can rebuild him".

Seat and tank ate gone and now we are getting somewhere, most of the nuts and bolts were no good, either too rusty or as usual, every one was a different size.

How many times have you gone to remove a couple of bolts and then say "what the ?" and then go to the next one that is another size, only to find an oddball whitworth nut than no wrench will fit.

Thank god for a crescent wrench and a set of vise grips is all I can say.

I have seen alot of snotty frames etc, but this one really has had alot of miss use and has paid the price for its guise by sitting behind a garage for 20 years.

Most of the parts will have to be replaced on this ride, but it will be worth it as there are just some things that will not get rid of the stench of rat crap and cat piss and I will be looking forward to adding new parts.

The rear wheel will be rechromed, and relaced and will be looking as sharp as a pin and can't wait to get that completed.

Alot of snot on everything and it is good to rip this apart and sort out what i shall keep and what I shall sling.

The wire harness was just a shocker, I have seen some bad ones, but this one takes the biscuit.

Anyway, tear it all apart and begin a fresh is what I reckon is the best plan of attack.

The Rest of this machine is in dire need of help too.

The gauges look like they have been 15 rounds with Tyson, the faces were as faded as an old painting and the glass was missing, or busted.

This has probably been through more wars than Iran.

Rear wheel was totally goosed, although I shal cut the spokes out and polish the hub, and also rechrome the rim as its an old 16X3 rim and I dig these old 1970's Harley style rims.

On with the Plum saver and PULL!!!!  Pull! Grunt! Shove, Wiggle, the Motor is out.

I lay on the bike frame and have a milk crate or wooden Dolly at the right of the bike, then lay on the thing, jack the motor up with a floor jack and wiggle the 230 pounder out to the right.

If you think this will exit via the left hand side, you will be there until a one legged soccer team win the world cup.

OK, the frame was then cleaned of any grease, crud, sirt, snot or anything NON HONDA.

I took it with a bunch of other parts for this Cafe, down to the bead Blasters and took all the rust, paint and anything else off.

Soon as that was done, it was off to get it all powder coated gloss Black, this was done the next day and gave me time to get other parts cleaned up or just simply wrench on the Engine as it needed to be completly stripped, checked and anything "Iffy" replaced.

This Motor was a strong donkey and just needed a honing, new gaskets and a new cam chain tensioner.

I now have the Motor all back together and ready to go back in the frame.

The frame is now all black and I had to fit some old forks and a rear wheel etc as I needed this for Mock up, intil I can polish the other forks and build some rims for this Japanese neck breaker.

The frame was together, and I bunged on a Mainstand, so I have something to hold the frame whilst I get the 230 pounds of fun in that small opening.

Remember, if you are gonna sling 230 pounds of aluminum into a freshley painted frame, ya gotta tape all the frame up in that area.

You can only hold onto this motor for a few short seconds and I have never got one of these to plop into position in one hit.

Some of you may have but I never have, and have to rest it, then pick it up and clunk it around etc.

If ya have someone handy, then that makes it easier, but, you will still clank against the frame, so I use tape and cardboard to minamize any damage to the chassis.

Another tip here is to leave the breather cover off, as that gives you more space to move the motor araound, make sure any studs or exhaust spigots are off too.

OK the Motor finally clunks into place, I then bung a floor jack underneath and get the engine holes to lign up and sling one of the bolts through the mill to set it.

With the Motor in place, I then tape the area up on the frame and paint the motor where it needs it as it has been rebuilt and is still kinda snotty, rub the area down, prep and then coat it as best you can with high tem paint.

Pull the tape off and then you can start to bolt this puppy up.

I had the bolts powder coated, but remember to not powder coate the mounting holes in the frame, if you do, you have to dremel them as they help ground the bikes electrical, believe it or not.

The Motor is all in and ready for all the bolts and brackets to be attached, that's my next plan and hope to get this together this week.

Still have to wait on rims and stuff and bearings for the new parts I am gonna fit onto this Cafe, but plenty of other stuff I can do, as I have to make a Cafe gas tank now.


The Frame is in the garage and now it is time to start to assemble this into a Clean cut cafe.

I ordered a Brand new harness, I cannot stand all the snot and spaghetti that usually is on the motorcycle when I pick thjem up.

So, a new harness, and boy, does it make life easier.

I attached the freshley powder coated battery box and tool tray and then I added the regulator, rectirfier and starter solinoid for good measure.

Bunged the coils on and then threaded the new harness in place and simply attached all the color coded wiring.

So it is now taking shape and I can paint the oil tank and add that, make braided oil hoses and get that all done this week, as well as other bits and bobs.


OK, the rear plastic inner fender had a ton of snot and dirt on it, so, a short trip to the kitchen sink and my special formula of cleaning liquids was applied, and sahe came out pretty good.

Usually these are pretty torn up and have to be painted, but this will clean up great.

Just don't let the Mrs know ya not only used the kitchen sink, but the scouring pad too.

"Honey? Does your plate smell of Motor oil?"

OK, I have now got on and changed a few more parts on the Cafe, I took the old rubber intakes off and they were stiffer than Grandad on Viagera, so I bit the bullet and paid just over One Hundred smakeroonies for a set of four new HONDA intake manifolds.

I had never realised how bad all my old ones were, as the genuine Honda ones were softer than a science teacher.

So, on they went and instead of the stock boring clamps, I have found a place that sells stainless hose clams with a simular shoulder that wont tear the rubber intake.

Well, I polished the old rear brake hub up and fitted brake shoes etc, then I went about the sprocket hub and polished that by hand to a classic sheen.

Then it was on with a new sprocket and I stripped the old sprocket safety shield and chromed it,  this really makes the rear end look sharper than a needle.

The 16X3 Harley rim laced to a 750 Hub had new bearings and then I put it all together and attached the axle.

The chain adjusters I had stripped and re-chromed and look great.

the chain adjuster blocks i powdercoated black, you won't really see much of these but the stock ones will rust, these wont.

I chromed the Bolts too.

The brake rod I powdercoated Black and then I also coated the brake stabilizer whilst i was there.

New hardwear and then I took the old rusty rear wheel spacer, powder coated it black, and then I used one shot enamel and painted some pin stripes on it to make this look old school.

The 130X16 Qualifire Tire makes the rear end tougher than School Bacon sandwiches..

Next step was to take the old snotty wheel out and use a cool Aluminum DID rim that I polished to a deep shine.

Polished the hub and fitted bearings, then spoked all the rim up with new spokes and slung a tube and tire on her.

I polished the speedo drive too and painted the center of the disc brake and fitted with polished bolts and stainless shouldered nuts.

All looking very dapper and once I polish the forks, this should look Killer.

Next thing was to fit the powder coated triple tree, I also polished the old instrument cluster and will make an insert so I can add 2 custom display lights, one being nautral and the other a Red oil warning light, a must for CB750's.


I have just gone through the carbs and they are now ready to fit.

I used NEW stainless hose clamps on the NEW intake manifolds, then I shall add the carbs and start to put stuff back together.

I also am adding New Cables and shall have this all looking cool very soon.

I had to go to the bike show last week, so lost a bit of time on this ride, but now need to get back into making this look as bad ass as my other rides.


I took the headlight off and whilst the other half was out doing some shipping, ran in the kitchen and used 400 wet and dry and sanded the headlight bucket down, in the kitchen sink.

Sometimes Ya just have to make use of the things you have at home and as the sink is bigger than Shaq's arse bisuits, well, It was silly not to use it.

Primered it last night and top coated this morning, I will add my signature visor today and then we will be ready for the next project on this Cafe.

OK, whilst I was in the garage, I picked up the old snotty finned stator cover, and it needed alot of sorting out.

So, I stripped all the crud off it with thinners and then hand sanded it, until the old fingers resemble the man from Atlantis.


I then Buffed the rest on my wheel until I was happy with the shine.

Then I painted the finned cover and whilst it was still sticky, I took off the paint where I wanted the shiney aluminum to show.

looks great and this will make the bike when all the finned parts are painted the same way.

I still have the clutch cover to do the same and also that will get the same style of treatment.

As many of you know, this is my signature style of finishing off the Motor's.

I try to keep this look on every ride as it reflects the past.

The next project was the ignition switch.

I knew the old one was about as useable as a sponge made combe.

So, I bought an aftermarket Honda switch and they seem to work really well.

The bracket was missing on this old chopper and managed to find a NOS one in the UK and shipped it here, then powder coated it Black.

I plopped it on and it sat as snug as a diaper on a poo riddled baby.


Now that is on, I connected the switch to the harness and that's another jon finished.

I then connected the coils and also the front brake switch, just have to paint the headlight bucket next and get that ready to fit on the front forks.


OK, Once I had the Buffing wheel out, I polished the brake junction Block and secured it to the lower tree.

Then, I bought some New brake line Bolts and washers etc, as well as new brake Hose and fitted them to the Brake junction.

Once that was done, i took the old snotty brake master cylinder and took all the black ionodizing off, then hand sanded and buffed.

Fitted new diaphram too and polished the handlebar bracker.

This was then attached and amn, it makes a difference on the Clubman's.

I also wanted to make a braided hose for the Master cylinder and this I did, dure does make the Cafe look more Racey.

I attached the new bolts and washers, I hate having to clean the old ones up, as usually the brake fluid has jellified and blocks all the channel holes up, so, using new stuff is always a bonus.

Once I had the braided hose on I then turned my attention to the front forks.

The lowers were as clean as a pigs nut sack.

So, I took the tubes apart, sometimes the lowers can be a little more than difficult to remove, but this time I got the lowers off easier than a cheap dates panties.

My trick to clean these up is easy, I hand sand the lowers until all the corrosion is removed, and then i wet and dry the aluminum until it is as smooth as a super models butt.

After that, I then buff the forks using jewelers soap and then polish by hand.

These are noe ready to put back on the fork tubes, and then I will add the new seals etc.

But, the fork uppers had pitts in the, so I have ordered NEW fork tubes, as this bike is Going to Japan and Must be a real head turner.

I am waiting for UPS to bring me the tubes tomorrow and can then assemble these and get the front end sorted out as this cafe needs to be finished.

OK, I got the forks and went about fitting them, filled the tubes with ATF and inserted into the tree's.

Then it was time for the Polished aluminum rim to be fitted.

This plopped in quicker than a duck in a pond.

Now this is really taking shape.

Next I took the old Caliper apart, It was seized up and would not move, I had to use a bigger Master cylinder to be able to budge the piston out.

When the piston did finally pop out, there was more grunge there than a Indy radio station.

Took Laquer thinner and cleaned this all out..

Removed the old Piston Seal as it was as hard as a  Walnut and Once out, ordered all new parts to rebuild it.

I cleaned the Caliper as best as possible and then bead blasted the body on the outside, sealing the bleeder area so not grit got inside it.

I also polished the caliper bracket as it was duller than a Black and white tv.

I ordered new bleeder bolt, Brake hose, Brake line and O ring etc for this rebuild.

As well as a new Brake bolt adjuster and stainles nut.

This will be good as new now and just awaitng the brake pads and they should arrive today, then I can assemble and bleed, and we shall be done on this front end.

Well, I am now trying to get this Cafe all completed and ready to ship to JAPAN.

I have ordered NEW side covers for this ride and they are coming from ENGLAND.

They should arrive by the middle of next week and will paint them gloss black, so, in the mean time, I am getting everything else completed.

The Exhaust got the good treatment, I fitted new crush Gaskets, so the exhausts does not leak .

Then I fitted the 4 into one system and tightened everything up with New stainless bolts.

Then onto the the rear of the Cafe.

Seat was painted and I added a Chrome british light assembly, this adds a touch of Classic class to the ride.

Also, I secured the seat to the frame and then made the seat padding and this time I velcroe'd the seat panels on, so you can get to the seat bolt release system.

This is now getting closer to completion.

I also need to take this to the DMV and get inspected, as I have no title for this, and they will have to inspect it.

But I am getting close to completion and it will soon be off to the land of the Rising Sun.

Right, The side covers arrived today and I am stoked to the quality of these things.

So many times I have seen stuff on Egay, then once purchased and they arrive.

They ressemble a small squashed rodent on the side of the road.

They are usually bent, beaten, cracked and scared, or full of bondo and goop.

These puppies are not only Brand Spanking New, but they are thicker than Arnies head and they are made of ABS.

Even the tabs are strong and well made.

Looking at the inside is just as good, strong and can witstand many years of being yanked on and off.

Even for the stock loving people, they have the genuine insert for the badges etc.

A great item and am considering becoming an agent to sell thse, as I shall always use these from now on.

Why bugger about with snotty ones, when you can have new ones for about the same price?

Seem's logical to me.

Next up, is the front caliper, I managed to get the pads today and fitted them and everything can go together on the front end.

The new hoses, brake lines, bolts, crush washers and tensioner were all put together.

Just have to Bleed the whole system and this is DONE.

Right, the Caliper is all completed, and now after a ten minute bleed, the front brake stops the bike on a dime.

I fitted stainless bolts to attach this to the front forks, something that will not rust, even if a dog pisses on it.


The Cafe is almost completed now, I have thrown all my time into getting this completed, as the Big show that I attended in January, slowed my build time, so I am trying to get the Cafe all completed and hopefuly off on it's way to Japan next week.


This is pretty much done now and has so many new and cool parts, it will be a shame to leave this humble stable, but, that's what I do to every bike, I pour all my heart and sould into them and they are like a family when I have them here.


Cool to know that some happy guy is going to be cruising the bends on the roads somewhere in Japan, and I am sure many odd looks will gaze upon him as he blasts by on that 74 Cafe bike.


I took the Cafe to get Registered as I had no title and this was all OK, I just have to paint the side covers and the Cafe front fender, add a few pinstripes to them, clear coat over the top and fit.


This just needs OIL today and I shall get that all completed by the beggining of the week and, hopefully by the end of the week, this will be on the back of my Truck, heading to its new owner.


This has been a long adventure with many bruised knuckles, cut fingers and heaps of swearing, but , it was all worth it, as this is a Killer ride and I am sure it will be around in the Land of the Rising Sun for many years to come.


Thanks's for following this build up, it had over 100 pic's of what I did and, I hope some of the shots I take, help you try and sort your Cafe, or Snotter out.


Haynes manuals are great, but they never show you the parts you need to work on and usually if they do, its the wrong angle or in black and white.

I have added as much info as I can on these shots, I know alot of the guys building right now, are keeping their cards close to their chest. But not me, i want you to see what I do, how much this Cafe takes to build and the trials and tribulations of building such a steed.

I have many emails asking about my rides and I enjoy building every single one out there.

I shall remain the same guy, no matter how popular I become.

Many are doing this just for money and I do this for passion as to me Cafe's are for Life.

Enjoy the bends in the roads and scrape ya knee when you feel the need to.

This particular Cafe took a little longer, as I had a few shows to iron out and time was precious, but this now looks great and I am sure they will enjoy another one of my creation's.

Hopefully next year, I can take my cafe and 2 others over and have a couple of buddies ride them around the Volcanic roadways of Japan.


Enough to make you scream!!! A New build gets underway.
Here it is, straight out of the 1970's and looking as sad as a cow with no teeth.
Twisted hardtail shocks are more period than a full stop.
The battery box was as rusty as a piss stained lamp post in Central park.
More crust than on grandma's feet.
The exhausts were about as saveable as a goalkeeper with no arms.
Welcome to Snottesville.
This bike looked more beaten than an Indian's War drum.
The last time I saw this much crap, was when I saw next door changing her kids diaper.
The forks were about as useful as an electric heater underwater.
Got enough connectors mate?
The frame looked as attractive as a super model's hairy arse.
20 years of dirt, grim and cat piss add its toll.
As tidy as a 9 year olds bedroom on the weekend.
Rear wheel was harder to remove than a wisdom tooth.
About as clean as a cats arse with no tongue.
The oil tank and beyond was about as appealing as a girfriend with cheesey feet.
As torn up as an apprentices oragami display.
Gauges were as beaten as a $10 ommlette.
The Gauge bezels were Rustier than the tin man's Boxers.
This was the crustiest yet, I have seen cleaner crap houses at a weak Bowel convention.
Yeahhaar! Every thing is off and now the transformation begins.
230 POUNDS of Oxidised aluminum, needed to be stripped down to the crank.
These spokes were as useful as a Condom machine in a celibate Y.M.C.A.
I snipped these faster than a old lady with a coupon book.
Frame now powder coated and a Mock up set of wheels and forks to bung the Motor in.
Fitted this up with a main stand to help with the rebuild inline 4.
Taped up the frame, don't want to goose the powder coating up.
WHAM !!!! She is now plopped in and looking like a New Gal.
Ready to start to clean the Motor up with my touches and she will be ready to put all together again.
It's a struggle to get these back in without buggering the paint up, but ya gotta tape the frame off, else you will be wasting your time.
Got enough tape? Needed to clean some of the grubby crap I got on the Motor up and get it looking like a decent engine.
Now that's a sweet looking set up.
No more snotty wires, here is the real deal. Brand new and smelling like Nan's Purse.
Freshley Powder Coated Battery box and tool tray plop in, easy as a turd in a swimming pool.
Adding the wire harness was easier than wetting the bed as a kid.
Inner Fender had buckets of snot and dirt on it.
Cleaned it up in the Kitchen sink. (Don't tell the Mrs.)
New intake rubbers, Over $100 for Four!!!! Jeez, I nearly shit my boxers.
On they go, and they are softer than a Science teacher.
Powdercoated small things you wont even notice, but attention to detail for this Japanese headed Cafe Racer.
Now the rear end is finally looking sharp.
Here is the 16X3 Harley rim, now mated to 750 Hub.
Polished Brake hub and detailed the wheel spacer too.
New Chromed wheel adjusters add that Classic touch.
Brake stabilizer is powdercoated .
Chromed sprocket safety shield covers new 48 tooth sprocket.
19 inch Polished Aluminum Rim is cleaner than God's Toilet .
Nice strong racing style shoulder, wider than a running back.
Polished Hub and now laced up like a new Girdle, this looks crisper than Dorito's.
Buffed aaluminum hub really tricks this out.
Polished Speedo-drive.
Disc rotor fitted and tire bunged on and now all set to use.
Headlight Bucket was as faded as hippies Jeans, but now it is as glossy as a cat's coat.
Old Original 1970's Finned cover needs a bit of cleaning.
Wow!! A bit of Buffing and there you go, more bling than a pimps bracelet.
Now detailed and looks ready to be fitted to the Cafe.
We have IGNITION !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ignition bracket and switch united at last.
Completed and ready to use.
Brake junction polished more than Grandma's false gnashers.
The finish is smoother than a Proffesional Shoe Salesman.
New diaphram fitted.
New Brake Hose.
New Brake line bolst and washers.
Braided hoses are a Must.
Fork in ell.
Looking cool.
Removed old seals, they were as bad as a tap dancer with 2 left feet.
The seal was in as tight as a Scotmans wallet.
Brand NEW fork tube was cleaner than a Military crap house.
New Fork cap bought too, ooh!!!!
If that cap fits?
Fork Top Nuts were about as healthy looking as a 500 pound Olympic hurdler.
Re-chromed and looking brighter than a New lighthouse.
What the Fork? Front end almost there.
My polished aluminum wheel and hub was ready to go in the front end, slipped in easier than a burglar in an open window.
Caliper is now as shiney as Chrome.
Caliper was as snotty as a Nose with a cold.
Plugged Bleeders and got ready to powder coat.
Powder coated and as good as new.
Rear part of Caliper, recieved the same treatment.
New "O" Ring is a Must.
New Bleeder was ordered too.
The whole kit and kaboodle.
New Brake adjuster Bolt.
These are Great Replica's. Complete with indents and pegs.
Even the Plastic is stronger. Real ABS.
Ready to prime and paint.
New Brake pads.
Caliper together with all new lines, bolts, washers and hoses.
This bled easier than a cut vein.
Cafe Gauges now sit on top of the triple tree.
NEW PETCOCK for the Cafe Tank.
Tank and seat is on, Ready for Registration.
Now this is nearly completed, just side covers and fender to fit.
Only a few day's until this is completed and on it's way to JAPAN.
All Registered now.
By next week this will be on it's final journey in the USA.
The Girl is DONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At long last she is Ready for the Land of the Rising Sun.
Black, Mean, Cafe Machine !!!!
Yoshi styled Exhaust, barks like a Mad Dog.
Blacker than Crude oil and twice as slick.