1973 Honda CB750 Cafe Racer Build Episode 5 – Bearings and Bushings.

I received two things in the mail this week. The tapered roller bearing kit from All Balls Racing and the swinging arm brass bushings that I bought from Marc at Creative Candy Powder Coating. The tapered roller bearings are a big improvement over the stock ball bearings in the steering head and should greatly improve the handling. Changing out the swinging arm bushings to brass from the stock plastic ones will also help with making for a more stable bike. These two items were the main reason that CB750s got a little shaky at speed as the parts wore out.

Big thanks to Marc at Creative Candy Powder Coating for selling me the extra set of bushings he had on hand.

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1973 Honda CB750 Cafe Racer Build Episode 4 – The Unexpected Journey

I pulled the frame and it’s associated parts off the shelf today and discovered that I need to order up a few more parts. I need steering head bearings and swing arm bushings. Not a big surprise. I’m sure I’ll run into more of this as I build this bike. I have lots of new parts but there will certainly be a few I need to get along the way.

Since I couldn’t get that far along on any sort of building in this episode, I included some video of another bike show I attended this weekend with The Sabre.

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Eurobike Raleigh 2014

The morning of Saturday April 5th shall be remembered for two things. I took my first long ride on the Sabre and I attended Eurobike Raleigh 2014.

The Sabre rocks! It humms along at speed with ease and it’s actually not bad on the posture. The riding position is for sure NOT meant for long distance but it was OK on an hour long stint. It handles quite well and feels very stable with a smooth power plant that delivers when asked even at the lower RPMs. Averages about 35 MPG. Steering takes some muscle to induce a turn at speed but that just makes it feel a little more in control in freeway traffic where I don’t want a bike to be sketchy. Overall I love it for the hand built fun that it is!

The Eurobike turnout was impressive with a wide range of newer bikes and some beautifully restored older machines. The Cafe Racer contingent was there as well with an odd mix of machinery as were a few scooters. It was a well organized event thanks the Do The Ton Triangle crew.

The video pretty much covers it so enjoy and…

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