AUTO & MOTO ARTISANS - AUSTRALIA
Honda CB450 Shed Survivor
Scheduled for a cafe conversion this nicely patina'd Honda got sold before the fun really started.
Time hadn't treated this '74 CB450 too badly when it was dragged out of a suburban shed. It wasn't running, the front brake was locked solid, the chrome was rust-speckled and the seat was shot, but it turned over and it was pretty much all there and original.
First priority was to get it going. A new battery, plugs and points reinstated spark, a teardown and clean convinced the carbies to direct fuel to the engine rather than the floor, and it was a runner. No rattles, no smoke and no nasty surprises – you've got to love Hondas.
Second priority was getting it registered. Slipping on a new seat cover and refurbishing the front caliper was no problem, but the electrics were another matter. The CB450 had gone through a 'keep it going but don't spend any money' phase, so wiring and switchgear solutions were somewhat creative.
Getting light to the right place at the right time meant extensive renovations to the rat's nest of wiring and putting together a working headlight with the required old-school high-beam indicator. That done, temporarily at least, and the bike was ready to hit the road – went okay for an old girl too!
Its new owner obviously thought so too, 'cos he rode it home unregistered at night – gutsy! It was a sweet deal for him, because on top of a nice old bike he got the cafe racer seat and tank and a set of Mikuni VM43 carbs that were going to go on it.
Bet it looks great today, but this is what it looked like when it first hit the Deathridge garage.
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