1974 HONDA CB450 FULL CUSTOM CAFÉ RACER STREET TRACKER
This bike is as sexy as a vintage Honda gets and the highest bidder gets to take her home.
Four years before the CB750 was born; the CB450 was the Honda to establish racing dominance in Europe during the 1965, 1966 and 1967 Isle of man race. Inspired by these iconic racing machines of the past, this bike incorporates those early design elements with the use of modern materials and finishes.
This is the prize of my collection, but with Grandchildren on the way I am more interested in things that float. So up for your consideration is my 1974 Honda CB450 Custom Café Racer.
A couple years ago, I was fortunate enough to purchase a few vintage Honda’s from an established collector and this was my favorite. I brought the bike home and it started right up. I played with it a bit and ran around the block a few times. The engine sounded great, going from a pleasant note of a perky twin idle to loud roar as the cylinders rev up. The clutch and brakes worked well and all of the lights and horn work properly too. Now satisfied that the bike was all I expected, I completely drained the fuel system, cleaned the carburetors, changed the oil and the spark plugs and just enjoyed looking at it. The bike only has 112 miles on it.
David Cathay of Jacksonville Florida built this bike and it is a work of art. It invokes an image of early Honda racing design recreated with modern materials and superb finishes. It is beautiful in its form and function. Even parked, the Benjie’s Café Racer Dolphin style bodywork gracefully demonstrates the bikes capability on the road. The tank is made of steel and epoxy lined inside for a lifetime of rust free service. The seat cowl is fiberglass and conceals a neatly arranged electronics package with a capacitor type battery eliminator and electronic ignition module. Gone are the days of fussy dual ignition points!
When the bike underwent a complete nut and bolt restoration. The donor bike was running when disassembled and every part was either replaced, rebuilt, refinished, polished, powder coated, chromed or painted. The engine was completely rebuilt. The cases, head and cylinder were refinished with a clear coating that looks amazing and limits future corrosion. The engine side covers, valve covers, timing cover and cam covers were powder coated and assembled with polished Allen head fasteners and lock washers. The original carburetors were cleaned polished, fully rebuilt and installed on the engine with new carburetor isolators. The electric starter was removed and plugged for a lighter, kick start only ride. The custom oil filler cap is truly unique with it’s finned oil cooler design. The ceramic coated exhaust headers, now covered in heat wrap, lead into a pair of chrome silencers
The frame was completely disassembled and blasted, stripped of battery box, tabs, seat hoop installed and sanded smooth for powder coating. A base plate was installed for the under seat mounted electronic ignition module and capacitor battery eliminator. The tank mounts were modified to accept the bigger dolphin style tank. The frame, swing arm and triple clamp were powder coated and reassembled with new bushings and bearings. The forks were rebuilt with new seals and boots. The triple crown and lowers were polished like new. The vortex clip-on handle bars support powder coated OEM switch controls and new brake master cylinder and hoses. Ducati LED cat eye turn signals ad some street legal flair. The front and rear rims, hubs and brake plate were power coated and they were all assembled with new stainless steel spokes, nipples, brake linings, tubes and Avon Roadrider tires.
This street legal bike has a clean California title, pink slip in hand!