That roller is out of control!
What an undertaking, you're a brave man. I liked the look of your tank as well.
1970 Norton Commando S
The roller is a different story. I'm still puzzled how this bike could have run and what noises it must have made...
Here’s the same roller from my ‘74 CB450 and it’s replacement. This bike was running with this thing in there and I noticed it when I started to do a valve adjustment. Tough old Hondas will run if they can!
Good luck with bringing your bike back from the dead, but be careful because it is addicting. Don’t ask me how I know...
1971 Triumph Tiger
1966 CB450 Black Bomber
Since the weather is warming up now in DC, I took advantage of it and started to clean my crispy crusty frame. Yesterday I've removed most of the paint with paint stripper and a large wire brush. It worked quite well. Today I did a second round with a rotating wire brush on a drill and the frame looks not to bad afterwards. Next steps will be sanding, sanding and doing all the little details before I finally clean the whole thing. So, time to start thinking about the colour...
I was thinking about the color scheme already for a while. Originally I wanted to paint the bike in a dark blue, light and dark grey, silver and black combination. So I started playing around with photoshop trying different colour combinations. When playing around with other colours it hit me - boom - red.
Iíve always loved Hondas classic red and silver color scheme of the 60ís but never actually thought of doing something like that. What I really like about the color scheme is that the red and silver appears more of an integral part that ranges from the front fender throughout the whole bike to the rear fender rather than just the colored tank and side covers within a merely black and chrome bike. Donít get me wrong: I have a beautiful 450 K5 in original bacchus green (which is actually a blue metal flake with a yellow clear coat) but I think that the 60ís silver/red is stronger concept wise.
I also like that the red frame makes the whole bike look so much more plastically and makes the details sparkle a lot better than the black frame. Also itís sooo classic. So, I think of the project now as a 70ís 450 with classic 60ís colours. Since my plan (for now) is to do just a very, very mild resto-mod, the colors will define the build.
Iím not sure if itís clear in the picture but the fenders are supposed to represent the silver grey. I hope itís not too difficult to spray. So here is my technical question. Can someone recommend suitable silver and red spray bombs? Yes, I donít want to powder coat because this is my learning project. And I even learn something when the paint fails
The tail light is incorrect cause scaled down for the effect... made the seat look 1 inch thinner... Pegs and stands probably changed to red... unsure about the headlight...
Last edited by FrisianWheel; 04-24-2018 at 05:10 AM.