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1972 Honda CB450 Café Racer

Posted on October 18, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 14 comments

We were recently accused of featuring too many Honda CB’s on Pipeburn. So when I received this CB450 from Benjie Flipprboi at BCR, I had to think twice about posting it. After about 10 seconds of thinking… I decided it was too nice not to feature. The bike was painstakingly built over an 18 month period by one of Benjies good customers Kevin Dinsmoor – using a lot of BCR products. The unique shaped tank is a BCR Hammer Head and one of my favourite tanks on the market. The cafe seat is also from the talented Mr Flipprboi and both tank and seat have been painted in an old Toyota Corolla green from the 70’s with anthrecite pin stripe. “It took a while to choose” says Joe. “I don’t have photoshop so it took days to settle on a stripe pattern and three rolls of tape.” This is how Kevin describes the project:

The wheels were coated semi-black and sent to Buchanan’s for new stainless spokes and lacing. I used a front drum from a 1970 CL450 I had – loved the look. Forks rebuilt, tapered stem bearings. Engine was a complete tear down and rebuild +3 over bore. Polished everything possible. Homemade rear sets (BCR style), pegs machined stainless. BCR bars with 450 gauge. LED bolts in tree for neutral & hi beams. Stock handlebar mount holes filled and poished. New vintage switches for bars without kill switch. LED bolts for turn signals, drilled out headlamp mounting bolts and threaded in the signal led’s. BCR head light brackets. Powdercoated upper shock tubes. Sectioned stock headlight ears to use for gator upper mounting. Hondaman electronic ignition. BCR velocity stacks. CB900F rear shocks, disassembled and polished. Nickel plated chain. Rear set frame mounts custom made, lowered and moved back. BCR stainless pea shooter exhaust (my neighbors hate me now). The biggest pain in the butt was the rear swing arm. It is 3″ extended. The stock one just looks too short. So I made it longer. Then the shocks (the longest shocks with fork bottom) were too short, so I sectioned the shock mount off a CB550 swing arm and grafted it onto my arm. Then the center stand was too short for the new ride height, so again I sectioned two center stands together for the height while keeping it tight to the exhaust so it still looks cool when it’s up. The bike took 1.5 yrs to build and three CB450 bikes and a few CB550 parts.

Apart from his neighbours hating him for that peashooter exhaust, I think most people (including myself) will love this classy CB450 café racer. For more pics you can visit Kevins Flickr page.

  • That sure is a nicely finished bike. Beautiful bikes are nice to see. Should not pass bike like this one just because non Honda fans complained bit much. Thanks.

  • Frank

    I'm into Triumph-bikes, but i don't mind watching adorable other branded bikes. I love CBs too. Especially when they are so beautiful. I love these rearlights.

  • As a proud owner of a 1970 cb450, there can never be too many hondas… if it's cool looking–post it, regardless of the brand. (btw, I love this site, keep up the great work! )

  • Andrew

    That paint is so deep, you could swim in it…

  • drek

    I'm actually a bit bored of the mid-sized CB trend as well, but the fit and finish is above and beyond what's expected. I take it as an homage to Honda's own attention to detail. I'm really interested in the turn signal installation and would like more info/pictures, as I was considering a similar choice on my project bike.

  • Stephen F.

    I've been bored with the CBs as well but this one just revitalized my interest. Absolutely stunning. It's clean, not overly trendy, the bodywork/tank is balanced front and rear and I love the paint job.

  • GB

    I saw this bike on Ottonero ( a while back when BCR sent it to them. Very nice indeed.

  • JW

    I really can't understand people complaining about the contents of other peoples blogs. Start your own without Hondas if it bothers you! Keep up the good work!

  • mingh

    Really Nice. Amazing paintjob. The only thing i'd change are the exhausts. Some short megaphones may look ebtter.

    Nothing *against* CB's, it's just that there are heaps of other bikes/models/manufacturers that are also worth looking at. If one bike out of 2 is a CB, one quickly loses interest.

  • Andrew

    My 2c worth; I couldn't care what the brand or make of the original bike was, it's about what it is NOW. Just look at Jed's Harley. I wouldn't bat an eyelid at a stock '69 Sporster (or most original Harleys for that matter), but just look at it now.

  • That is truly inspiring. If one of my bikes ever got that clean, I might start combing my hair and eating organic vegetables.

    I would love to see how those LED bolts look up close.

  • Hot Rod Joe

    I have seen this bike take shape from project bike to completion at the KDI shop. I can assure you all that this is a top quality build that should be seen in person. This bike has a lot more going on than most Cafe builds using just modified stock tanks, off the shelf seat pans and Clubman style bars. Quite a bit of thought and design went into making this one a little more unique.Any well crafted build of any bike should get respect for the build weather you like the style or not.

    Not looking for an arguement, just some insight-what are you guys riding/building that has not been done to death in the past few years? It is so hard to keep it 'fresh' and it seems like with the internet, trends take off in weeks not years like they used to.
    Where can you go to see something other than Cafe Racers, brat style bobbers or fat tire choppers? What styles are you guys doing?

    The CBs became popular because of their cost and availability. Just like the British bikes were 10 yrs ago. Ironically, I see so many Yamaha twins being built into British look-alikes and no one complains about them.

    Anyhow, all I can say is wait until next season for the new bike that should be coming out of KDI. I think it will set some of you on your collective ears.


  • Super90guy

    Very nicely done! However, if you've ever seen the Team Hanson CR450 or heard it run, there is NO comparable 450 on the planet… Period!! As to this bike, the pods are unacceptable. Having invested this much work in such a nice machine, there has to be another air filter option… tacky! S>

  • Kevin Dinsmoor

    Scott, thanks for the awesome write up. I thank everyone for their great comments. It was fun to build and is a blast to ride. As a new builder it is great to have a place like Pipeburn to showcase my creation. Just wait till next year for my next project.

    Super90, I know what you mean about the pods. I have hand formed aluminum velocity stacks for the bike. The roads were/are very dirty and I'm worried about sand entering the engine, even though there are screens in them, so for the photoshoot the pods were on after riding to the location. You can see on my flickr page the shots with the stacks, they were done indoors.