After modding my Cobra, Ninja 650r and Ducati 1098, I decided it was time to do a complete build. I've always wanted a 4 cylinder bike and build/own a cafe racer, so why not start now.
On November 21st, I picked up a 1974 Honda CB750k from a bike builder in Massapequa, NY for $250. Why so cheap? Well, it didn't resemble a bike at all. The bike was a bare frame, 2 crates of parts, a front wheel, rack of carbs, and a very heavy motor sitting on the ground. Even without all the extras and motor in unknown condition, $250 for a clean titled frame is a pretty good deal. It is officially the oldest thing I've ever bought.
The seller was a great guy with a big personality and way too many stories to tell. After BSing for a bit, Allan and Andres helped me load everything into the back of Andres' SUV. We had a quick celebratory lunch in Freeport before heading back to NJ in excitement.
Andres acquired a fiberboard pallet from a friend to ship a Ducati 998 motor he sold. We decided to test its strength with the CB750 motor. As we unloaded the motor, the pallet snapped in half. The motor somehow ended up on the moving dolly we prepped, Andres was screaming from a squashed finger and I somehow got knocked flat on my back. We're not the most graceful people. =D
We moved the pile of bike into the garage and began to dream of the possibilities. It's going to be a fun winter. =)