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Old 06-17-2011, 08:39 AM   #16
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Personally, I love the whale tail look on these F's. So a cafe seat on one looks wrong. BUT to each their own!
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:41 AM   #17
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I owned that exact year/model/color 750 back in the mid-80's. Was the first real "high-performance" motorcycle I had ever owned. A great bike.
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:51 AM   #18
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Here's what I mean.

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Old 06-17-2011, 09:08 AM   #19
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Personally, I love the whale tail look on these F's. So a cafe seat on one looks wrong. BUT to each their own!
yeah, I'm not digging the whole cafe seat concept on this either, hence making my own crap instead of buying an airtech (which I can get locally for a reasonable price). The whole square spot before the tank makes it look all wrong.

But, I don't really care for the square stock tail either. Something round would be good. And a round taillight.

Now, yours looks sooooo much lifted in the rear.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:01 AM   #20
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That Spencer look one if saweeet!!!
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:24 AM   #21
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Here is a series of 6 Spencer videos of AMA superbike racing. Should give you a good look from all angles.

All you old school race fans will love this old footage...


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Old 06-17-2011, 10:37 AM   #22
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Here is a series of 6 Spencer videos of AMA superbike racing. Should give you a good look from all angles.

All you old school race fans will love this old footage...


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WHat was the racers name in there number 88 with the Simpson Model 30 helmet witht he star on it? Loved that paint job on that helmet! It was Roberto Pietri wasn't it?
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:41 AM   #23
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WHat was the racers name in there number 88 with the Simpson Model 30 helmet witht he star on it? Loved that paint job on that helmet! It was Roberto Pietri wasn't it?
You must not have watched the videos


Roberto Pietri... his son is now racing in the US.






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Old 06-18-2011, 08:24 PM   #24
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CB750F Project: Part III


After two failed attempts with fiberglass, I was finally able to make a solid shell today. My previous attempts were doomed partly because of my inexperience (first time working with fiberglass), and partly because I was dealing with a not-so-good resin. So, still discouraged despite the many wasted hours, I trashed the bastard creations along with the bad resin, and went to a local parts store to get something better. This time, things actually worked better.
I ended up using fiberglass mat instead of cloth for the base. While this is considerably stronger than the cloth, I quickly discovered that working the resin into the mat can be pretty tricky. The loose strands like to stick to the brush, and eventually end up clumping in the resin. I'm sure by now some experienced fiberglass guru is laughing his ass off at me, but hey, at least I try. Anyway, three layers of mat followed by a single layer of cloth for a smoother finish, I ended up with a usable shell. I can't even begin to count how many hours and how much money it cost me.

Now comes the part where I have to make a decision. My initial idea was to leave the tailsection open, looking something like this (not the end product - trimming, sanding still needed)



But then I played around with the idea of incorporating the stock fender into the design.






And then I thought of yet another setup.

Well, at this points it is still up in the air, although I'm leaning towards incorporating the stock rear fender.

On a positive note: Yesterday I received my new handlebars. After much consideration I went with "superbike" bars, as they allow for more comfort and actually clear the tank at a full turn. So far, without the seat foam in place, the riding position feels rather comfortable.
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Old 06-19-2011, 08:33 AM   #25
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Personally, I love the whale tail look on these F's. So a cafe seat on one looks wrong. BUT to each their own!
Completely agree. I don't think there's anything that can be done to improve upon the stock body lines of these bikes but there's certainly a lot of ways to ugly them up.
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Completely agree. I don't think there's anything that can be done to improve upon the stock body lines of these bikes but there's certainly a lot of ways to ugly them up.
Hey, you purist you!

Okay, lets see about this one: Do you even like the stock taillight?
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So, what is the opinion on this setup. Yeah, it's not a cafe and it's not stock. I still have some cutting and smoothing out to do, but I broke my cutoff wheel and the hardware store is closed.

Yes, no, fugly, it works, get the hell out of here....say it as you feel it.
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:04 AM   #28
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Hey, you purist you!

Okay, lets see about this one: Do you even like the stock taillight?
Yes, yes I do! I even like the stock monstrousity turn signals.

But this is your bike and your build Henry. Build this thing as you see fit and don't be concerned about what I or anyone else thinks.
Personally I think the '70s bikes make an excellent base for a cafe build--which I think you were looking for to begin with.
But then you'd probably have someone else telling you to leave it stock.
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:17 AM   #29
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Yes, yes I do! I even like the stock monstrousity turn signals.

But this is your bike and your build Henry. Build this thing as you see fit and don't be concerned about what I or anyone else thinks.
Personally I think the '70s bikes make an excellent base for a cafe build--which I think you were looking for to begin with.
But then you'd probably have someone else telling you to leave it stock.
Hey, the turn signals are....huge!

I wasn't really looking for a cafe build. This model is way too long for a cafe, has wrong lines in the back (for a cafe), and the choice of bars is limited with the stock tank due to clearances. When I look at Carpy's bikes, I find them interesting, but not appealing. Personally, a model 10 year older would be a better cafe choice.

I'm not too concerned about what others say, after all this will be my bike. But, from a pure aesthetics point of view, I'm interested to hear what others think. Opinions do vary, and curiosity is a bitch to satisfy

As for leaving it stock, well, it's an option. But, the seat and bars on my specimen were just plain wrong and needed to be changed no matter what. Hey, I'm just a man playing with fiberglass and hating every minute of it.

When I see pics of the Airtech rear seat for the DOHC model, I find it quite upsetting.
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Old 06-20-2011, 01:08 PM   #30
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On mine, I did a smaller taillight, but not tiny. I LIKE to be seen from the rear on a bike for some reason.....and I left the stock tail as you see in that above pic. Personally since you asked what we think, I don't like the cafe look at all on this platform, if it were a CB750K, that would be bitchin and cool. But it is an F and they are soooo sexy stock with little mods to the blinkers and tail light and look totally bitchin.
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