The good old Rice Boiler !
Sits well doesn’t it?
We machined a nice finned oil cap cover and it came out sweet. Soon to be available from us on the website.
We also wanted to try some Old with New and I thought that I would fit a GPS speedometer and then we had to hide the back of the unit- so what the heck, lets just make one out of solid 6061 T6 Aluminum and polish it.
The machined speedometer cup came out really well and just how I had envisioned, so was stoked to fit this once I polished her.
We also made the Alloy bracket to hold the system and machined three bolt holes in the face of the GPS cup, so we could attach the speedometer and I am stoked how it looks.
I set the angle at 55 degree’s but then changed it to 70 as I prefer the face looking at me this way. You can also see the nice polished stainless steel flip top gas cap I fitted to the altered super sport gas tank too.
A few more photos of how the speedo looks I believe is warranted and have a peek at how nice the bucket looks once all together on the bike.
This is not by far a cheap set up but I really wanted to mix the New with old to see what it would come out like and I am now glad that I went this way and this will stay on the bike.
I also thought I would use one of our display lights and fit this in the steering head nut and it is wired through the stem and works well, we also used our polished handlebar clamps to dress the top of the steering up and of course we used Allen head Stainless bolts as always on our builds.
Well, we wanted to change things up a wee bit and I am not a fan of mirrors but in California you have to have them, so, I thought that to make something cool would be to use some 1974 CB750 Connecting Rods, so Dakota bend the fittings and welded them up and I chromed the con rods and then attached the mirrors, these look really cool and they are Honda 750 rods , so they tie in very well and a neat look don’t ya think?
A nice Custom touch to our bike and I know others will follow, but we wanted to really try and get this machine looking as good as any show bike out there.
We also used Brand new handlebar controls as I wanted a clean look and I am glad I went this route, you will notice the alloy throttle ring that we make to embellishes the control nicely.
The Mirrors looks great and the metalflake grips are a killer color as a Root Beer gold, kinda flows with the paint color scheme.
The rear end looks great and there is many new parts on this, I guess the first thing you notice is our own Stainless Steel 4 into 1 that’s a Yoshimura style set up and we love the fit and of course the sound of the 70′s style system.
Of course I always try and use the Bridgestones as it is just a personal choice and a really good road holding tire that’s for certain.
A little play on more mechanical hardware, this time we wanted to make an exhaust hanger out of a Connecting Rod, so this time we used a Big Block Ford rod, shortened it and then chromed the whole thing and it looks pretty cool I think?
We used the Tarrozzi Rear sets as I like the way they function as well as fit and I polished the center bodies out to give a cool offset to the frame, I also drilled the sprocket cover as I have always done on My machines and of course, stainless hardware throughout the bike.
We used one of our Side stands as all the original ones are to bent to use these days and I wanted the bike to sit up a little better as the original ones get abused over time and are never the same even if you re-heat them.
Cool Root Beer Flake grips make the ends of the bars stand out, especially in the sun.
The Candy Root Beer and Aztec gold are a House Of Color Mix and this was the exact color combination I was hoping for, the color is close to the K1 Root Beer too so a nice merge there.
The year of the bike is of course 1974 so thought I would add that as a Race number to the rear cowl as that’s our Razor back Seat base that I really like.
The Diamond stitched soft Leather is really nice and we used snaps to give it that days of yesteryear and it is easy to remove so you can get to your documents underneath the material.
This is an old Original 1974 License plate surround I have had for 13 years and I wanted to use it on here, such a cool surround and am glad I kept it in the garage on the wall for all them years, as it now gets another new lease of life.
A lot of detail and work we have done, the motor is refreshed but stock displacement, we fitted new clutch and of course the carbs totally rebuilt and dipped and coated. Also a Steel Dragon Air-filter set up and new boots on the carbs, as well as new cables through out the ride.
Drilled the kick starter pedal and used original 1974 Finned covers I have had for ever.
This has New coils, new harness, new plugs and caps and we polished the valve cover and outer case covers too. I found a Petcock and that took a long te to locate as they are hard to find these days.
Carbs rebuilt and then synchronized using a mercury stick, so they run smooth, I then ran braided black over flow pipes to clean the lower end up.
Hand made Chain guard that we made here at the shop, sets off the drilled boxed swing arm that is ours too. We also machined the oil filler cap to give it that race look.
So much work and time spent on this machine but she sure looks cool sat there, we used braided hoses for the front brakes with stainless piston of ours and new pads, also New horn you can see, new fender, new levers and new Clubman bars of ours.
I used a 1934 Desoto headlight from a truck and that blends well in the New fork ears and makes the front end I think?
Hand machined the old oil filter housing to have more fins to match the rest of the Motor, I named it Rice boiler as the Old man used to moan at our bikes as a kid as he was into his Brit bikes.
The Razorback seat is a cool set up and really comfortable for a racer.
She is all looking cool, a great looking machine and we had fun building her and hope to be bunging a few miles on her.
The Henry Abe rims look great on this machine and am sure glad that I went this route, these rims are almost 40 years old too.
Front brake is nice and strong and looks good, we used our fork badges to cover the original reflector hole up and works well.
Our Diamond turn signals match the upholstery and work very well indeed and brighter than the old originals too.
I like our 4 into 1 systems, we have sold over 300 of them and people love them as they capture the spirit of those race days with the Trans Atlantic folk who screamed around the race tracks of Europe and USA back in the day.
There is a lot of detail you may not even notice, but that’s what we do, we like what we do and hope that you enjoy the style of the Rice Boiler.
A tough stance and certainly a head turner were ever you go, Cafe Racers have now come to be a well rounded machine and accepted by the community, compared to the original days of London in the 1950′s.
I really enjoyed designing and building this bike and I am hoping some of you dig it too?
She sits really well and I hope to try and get some pro shots of her later, that way you can see how all the parts went together well as this is a sweet machine.
The good old Rice Boiler, I am sure it will piss my old man off, but that’s the best feeling in the world for me!! Ha Ha!