I live in southern Sweden (Helsingborg) and have been into bikes a couple of times but never tinkered with Japanese bikes. I'm mostly a car guy but I like the challenge...
I found a 1980 cb650z rc03. Bought it for next to nothing... carbs all gummed up, non runner.
Got everything fixed to original, passed the inspection.
My mission is a café inspired racer. I want to do as much work as possible by myself, it's a hobby. The bike must be clean and everything that's not really needed has to go. I have no deadline for this build. The bike should be drivable most of the time.
I'll update this first post as the build goes on.
- BCR Café seat and battery tray
Relocate relay, battery and solenoid to the seat hump
Excide AGM 4977 battery
Seat reupholstered, black vinyl with diamonds and gray stitching.
Replace BCR taillight with Hella Mix'n match LED's
Lower the headlight with new brackets, getting rid of the bulky stock contraption.
Small led turn signals & led flasher relay
New x-ring chain (gold) with safety wired locking clip and new sprockets.
Marshall 4-1 Exhaust, shortened, gutted and custom made larger diameter baffle.
Painted and wrapped headers with black Thermo-Tec 2" x 50' and new copper seals.
Venhill diy clutch cable kit, aprox 15 cm shorter than original
OCD cleaned, polished carbs, jetted 120/42, needle clip in the middle one washer shim.
Velocity Stacks from Steel Dragon Performance with foam filter inserts
Calipers media blasted and overhauled with new seals.
Drilled rotors Template
New stainless brakelines
SpeedBleeders (SB7100S) from www.speedbleeder.com
New brake master cylinder reservoir.
New piston, seals and spring in brake master cylinder (MSB-105 Kit for dual caliper RC03)
New shifter seal
Flushed forks and refilled with 15w fork oil
VFR750 alu footpegs
Removed the chain guard
Removed the center stand (but kept the attachment so I can install it in a few seconds)
Shaved down the side stand to a bare minimum
Overhaul the ComStars. Paint spokes black, hub silver.
Relocate horn to under the tank
Choke mounted under the front of the seat frame to the left (where the side covers attach)
Replace steering lock (no keys when I bought the bike)
Shorten/cut front fender
Hidden crankcase air filter
New brass swing arm bushings
Media blasted and painted the lower triple trees
New top triple tree in billet aluminum
Ditch the engine guards
RFY adjustable rear "piggyback" shocks with painted stock springs.
Aluminium muffler hanger
Custom oil temp dipstick
New tapered roller steering bearings
Drilled tank lock
Drilled left engine cover
DynaCoil coils (green) on custom brackets & DynaCoil wires.
Relocate and put new ignition lock under the seat frame with start on key (like a car)
Lower the front of the tank about 10mm using offset bushings
Tank cleaned and sealed
New adjustable clutch and brake lever
New low profile throttle
New mini handlebar switches from Posh (turn signal, horn and emergency stop)
New professional paintjob on tank, seat, headlight and front fender (Mercedes Palladium Silver)
Strip down, detab and powdercoat the frame, side stand, swing arm and engine brackets.
New tires (Dunlop K70) and new Michelin tubes.
Electrical system total rewire, new connectors, wires and sleeves.
Relocate (hide) the brake light switch.
Relocate fuse box to go under the seat.
New adjustable license plate bracket with led lights.
Headlight with 2.5" hole for my Acewell speedo from Carpy
High/Low beam switch on the headlight housing.
AceWell all in one gauge to replace stock gauges and idiot lights
All nuts & bolts on the bike are now stainless in the same strength as original or better.
Plans now/in the making
- D R I V E
In the future
- Steering stabilizer
Carbon fiber/fiber glass slimmed rear fender
Move the license plate
Here's what it looks like right now...(clickable)
Here's a link to my online album with various pics from the build
What it looked like when I got it...