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1980 CB900F Bol D'or Re-fresh

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:54 am
by Redback
Well circumstances beyond my control led me to this point, to buy another project, I was mulling it over mid last year and Kerry said "if you really want another bike just go and get one "fast forward 6 or 7mths to February this year and in that time I also took a redundancy in November to basically retire I bought a 1980 CB900F Bol D'or, why the CB900, well because I've always like this model Honda.

I probably paid too much for it but I don't care, and made a few mistakes, the bike is in not too bad of condition and pretty original with only 58,000ks, it has the dreaded surface rust and corrosion here and there but for this project a lot of that won't be removed as I'm going to make the project a refresh and not a restoration which means it will remain as original as possible, so only a few things will be powdercoated if they are too far gone the rest will just get a touch up, it's amazing the amount of money spent on consumables like new gaskets, O'rings, rubbers, circlips and nut and bolts, items you don't think about until you realise they will need to be replaced.

To get to this part of the refresh I have made a few stuff ups, the bike was sold to me as an 1981 model so when I started buying things like fork seals and then realising that the front forks were pitted so bad they would need to be re-chromed I came across a second pair of 1981 forks complete with handlebars for far less than re-chroming I thought you beauty, anyway after getting all the bits I needed and rebuilding the forks I went to reassemble them only to realise they didn't fit into the triple clamps, the bike I bought is essentially a 1980 model with 35mm forks, whereas the 1981 model has 37mm forks, now I did think why not get some triple clamps to suit and improve the front end so I did that, this was still cheaper than re-chroming the original forks believe it or not, but no that won't work because the axles are different lengths which means the front wheel won't fit and finding an 1981 axle is basically impossible, which means I've over spent by quite a few more than I wanted and extended my time working on the bike, so to cut a long story short, I ended up re-chroming the forks that came with the bike.

On Tuesday I finally got all the parts I need to start reassembling the bike, with the last few parts back from the powdercoater, yesterday I rebuilt the forks, painted the lower triple clamp in Rust Guard clear, touched up a few parts cleared the garage of clutter(well as best I could)today I will get the front end together so I can get the bike rolling again to move it were I have plenty of room to work on it.

What I've done so far.

Re: 1980 CB900F Bol D'or

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:01 am
by Redback
Triple clamp

Re: 1980 CB900F Bol D'or Re-fresh

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:38 am
by Redback
Front end in the bike ready for headlight, throttle, switches, ignition assembly, front wheel is just a spare till I change the disc rotors over to the later vented rotors that came with the gold wheel.

Re: 1980 CB900F Bol D'or Re-fresh

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:31 am
by Redback
Yesterday I got a bit done without too much drama finding parts, biggest pain was the footpegs, getting the pin in while manipulating the spring into position was quite a task, so front footpegs on, headlight bracket and headlight, brake master and clutch perch and lever on, old disc rotors off and vented 82 model rotors on.

Re: 1980 CB900F Bol D'or Re-fresh

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:16 am
by Redback
Bike is now ready for rego

Re: 1980 CB900F Bol D'or Re-fresh

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:21 pm
by Varkenjaab
I think I've got an original exhaust sitting around somewhere if you're interested though it came from my CB1100F so not sure if they were interchangeable.........