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Offline The Lone Builder

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Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« on: September 26, 2018, 10:03:06 am »
Well, I'm getting there.

2 years after really starting, and 12 years after beginning to collect parts and do little jobs here and there, I have finally ridden my 44 year-old CB750 K2!

I can't describe the feeling, except as disbelief, as I sat, after my first 45km ride, looking at my bike in the afternoon sun whilst sipping (or rather knocking back) a pint of Guinness.

It was one hell of a journey, with ups and downs, much frustration and many setbacks; but I learned sooo much, nad can now look back on it all with tremendous satisfaction.

I have to say that it would never have been possible without the expertise, advice, humour and patience of so many members on this forum. i would like to send you all a big, big thank you.

So, part one of the journey completed, I'm champing at the bit to start part two.

Thanks again everyone.
CB750 K2 - A work in progress
CB750 K1 - The less, said the better!
CB450 K1 - It's black.
CB400F Supersport - It's rusty!

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Re: Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2018, 10:05:10 am »
Some more pics
CB750 K2 - A work in progress
CB750 K1 - The less, said the better!
CB450 K1 - It's black.
CB400F Supersport - It's rusty!

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Re: Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2018, 10:15:44 am »
And finally ...
CB750 K2 - A work in progress
CB750 K1 - The less, said the better!
CB450 K1 - It's black.
CB400F Supersport - It's rusty!

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Re: Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2018, 11:02:48 am »
Heck Yesss! 8)
'78 750K (F3 engine) PD42b's, Modified airbox w/K&N  filter, 40/110 jets, 1 needle shim, IMS@ 1 turn out. Kerker + Cone 18" QuietCore

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Re: Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2018, 11:42:42 am »
Congratulations!
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Re: Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2018, 11:54:11 am »
Well done,  bike looks great!

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Re: Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2018, 12:19:01 pm »
 Nice save. You earned it, now enjoy.
If the things you own end up owning you, it's better to be owned by some cool things.

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Re: Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2018, 12:20:00 pm »
Congrats for sure! BOTM nomination for you as it is well deserved.
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Re: Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2018, 12:44:32 pm »
great looking bike !   give yourself a attaboy !

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Re: Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2018, 12:46:33 pm »
Second that for BOTM!. Beautiful job. Congratulations

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Re: Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2018, 12:51:43 pm »
Congratulations!  Beautiful looking bike.  I bet when you were 1/2 way through you had thoughts of what was I thinking when I started this.  (I did) LOL.  It's a very satisfying feeling to start it up after all the work you put into it and be able to finally ride it.  The bike almost becomes part of you.  A job well done!

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Re: Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2018, 01:16:08 pm »
 Nice enjoy it..
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Re: Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2018, 01:41:56 pm »
Second that for BOTM!. Beautiful job. Congratulations
What is the story on the paint color? Is it the original color from 1972?

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Re: Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2018, 02:31:47 pm »
Bravo1 nice job.
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Re: Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2018, 02:35:01 pm »
Very nice!


It will take a while to lose the happy grin while riding ;)

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Re: Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2018, 07:23:34 pm »
I have to say.  There is no greater satisfaction than bringing a bike back from the dead. Been there a number of times myself but it's still a great joy.  Good for you!!
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1969 CB750  Sandcast
1971 CB750K1
1972 CB750K1
1975 CB400F
1975 GL1000 Goldwing
1976 Yamaha XT500
1954 Harley Davidson Panhead
1957 Harley Davidson Panhead

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Re: Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2018, 04:17:10 am »
Second that for BOTM!. Beautiful job. Congratulations
What is the story on the paint color? Is it the original color from 1972?

Yes it is the original colour: Planet Blue Metallic. The bike is a UK model.

CB750 K2 - A work in progress
CB750 K1 - The less, said the better!
CB450 K1 - It's black.
CB400F Supersport - It's rusty!

Offline greenjeans

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Re: Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« Reply #17 on: September 27, 2018, 06:12:19 am »
Resurrection!  Good to see the old girl on the road again.  Congrats!
Yep, I'm the kid that figured out how to put things back together...eventually.

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Re: Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« Reply #18 on: September 27, 2018, 06:23:08 am »
You did the right thing. Brought the poor and forgotten bike back on track as it once looked. And it looked really good as it does now!
That color is typical K2 for me.
The blinkers and rear light looked like that on all K2's we got to Sweden from 1972-1975.  K1 style that look better than the US fat rear and blinkers from K2 and later
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CB750 K6-76 1005cc JMR Billet block.
CB750 K2-75 stock looking project started 2017

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Re: Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« Reply #19 on: September 27, 2018, 07:13:52 pm »
Great Job Lone Builder.  Congrats.

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Re: Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« Reply #20 on: September 27, 2018, 09:57:52 pm »
Congrats for sure! BOTM nomination for you as it is well deserved.

Second that for BOTM!. Beautiful job. Congratulations

 ;D Thanks guys; accepted with great pleasure!
CB750 K2 - A work in progress
CB750 K1 - The less, said the better!
CB450 K1 - It's black.
CB400F Supersport - It's rusty!

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Re: Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« Reply #21 on: September 28, 2018, 04:25:40 am »
Very nice...Now, get that speedo cable routed thru the fender grommet ;)

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Re: Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« Reply #22 on: September 28, 2018, 06:44:30 am »
Congrats.  And you did it all yourself!
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« Reply #23 on: October 08, 2018, 04:12:32 am »
Congrats.  And you did it all yourself!

Just about (apart from all the help I received from guys here).

All except paint, chrome and a few minor engineering tasks I didn't have the tools for. There's not too many of us oldies riding oldies here in Zimbabwe.  :D
CB750 K2 - A work in progress
CB750 K1 - The less, said the better!
CB450 K1 - It's black.
CB400F Supersport - It's rusty!

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Re: Can you Believe it? I can't!!
« Reply #24 on: October 08, 2018, 04:14:55 am »
Very nice...Now, get that speedo cable routed thru the fender grommet ;)

Haha!! It's done already!

You guys never miss a trick
CB750 K2 - A work in progress
CB750 K1 - The less, said the better!
CB450 K1 - It's black.
CB400F Supersport - It's rusty!

 

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