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Hi, from Denver, Colorado.

I picked this CL450 up, a few weeks ago, and I have been having a blast on it. I want to do a Brat-style modification to it, but nothing that I can't reverse, in case I decide to go back to stock.

I installed the Lockhart/Phillips turn signals, the week I bought it, and just bought a stock rear fender from a fellow on eBay, so I can bob this fender, but have the option to go back to factory stock. Another eBay seller has provided a "cafe" tail light.

The bike was repainted, at some time in the past, and I love the slightly worn/oldschool custom look, so I won't be doing any painting.

Other planned mods: classic Firestone tires from Coker (4.00x19 and 4.00x18), Ducati Monster handlebars (left-overs from my old 800m), wire headlight screen, remove the front fender. For now, I think that will be sufficient to make the bike "custom", but retain the Scrambler feel.
 

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Good lookin' bike. If you're going for a BratStyle feel, you might look into a smaller tail light and a thinned seat (shave the foam and recover it). Aside from what you're already planning, that'll get you a pretty sweet look, but those are the things that seem to be pretty common on those bikes. I keep tossing the look back and forth for my bike, and I just can't seem to decide where to take it :roll:

Have fun with it. Looks like you found a gem!
 

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Nice looking bike, I look forward to seeing what you will do with it.
 

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Cool bike. Looking forward to updates.
 

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I'm subscribing to this build also, as I will be starting a CL450 myself later this year :D Keep us updated and post as many pics as you see fit.....we all have a mad appetite for progress pics here at Hondatwins :? :lol:
 

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I removed the stock tail light, today.



I bought a stock fender off of eBay (this one had already been shortened, a little), so that I can go back to stock, if I choose. It came in, yesterday, so I figured it was time to start working on the bike.

The new light had the same spacing between bolts, as the old one, so I utilized the upper holes in the fender for the mount:



I masked off the line I wanted to cut, and marked it with a Sharpie. Once I peeled the tape off, it left a nice clean line to follow with the angle grinder.





I ran the wires through the grommet in the fender, just like the original wires were routed, and then through the guide under the fender. I didn't want to see the wires running out of the light and under the seat.



Got it all wired up, and went to catch the afternoon light for a beauty shot. Unfortunately, I was in such a hurry to catch the sun, that I forgot to trim the angles in the sides of the fender.



So, back to the grinder. The light is not as good, but the fender is a more pleasing shape, now. I'll get some edge trim, this week, and cover the raw cut so that it won't rust.



It has a long way to go, before it looks like what I have in my head, but you've got to start somewhere. Unfortunately, I don't have the room or the time to disassemble the bike and do all of the mods, at once.

Next up, ordering the Firestone tires.
 

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Well, I'm not one to really talk money on stuff, like this. I will say that I have spent about $150 on parts, so far, and I paid a fairly premium price for the bike, itself...they are hard to find in the Denver area.
 

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Looking good with the CL450, don't usually see someone keep parts to go back to stock and
THAT'S cool too! I'll be keeping up with THIS one as well. ;)
 

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Called up Omar's, yesterday, to order some $99.00 shocks but...

Those vintage shocks are all gone, so I went with the new replacements - $199.00 (with chrome springs). That just about triples my parts cost, thus far. :|
 

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Highest quality accessory I've ever had on a bike!
 

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Thanks for the links. I'd like to point out that I've dealt with Omar's for years, and I am always happy with them. There is a note on the website that the supply of OEM vintage shocks was getting short, so I would not characterize this as "bait and switch", at all.
 

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I too have dealt with Omar's, and i'm not displeased, the exhaust fit fine and while i had some issues with my rearsets Rob was helpful and quite punctual with his replies.
 

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That's good to know. Some of his products are very cool and I've been thinking of building a bike with a flat-tracker look.
 

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I installed the Hagon shocks, Wednesday. They are the 13.2" length, which I understand is the stock length. Correct me if I'm wrong.



The ones I took off were 12" from bolt to bolt. So, the new shocks raised the rear a bit (I can see it, but I have looked at this bike a lot, you may not).



It makes a big difference in handling. Obviously, actually having some damping, rather than pogo sticks on the rear, helps that. But, I think the new stance changed the head angle a bit, maybe back to stock, and that quickened things up a bit.

I rode it about 60 miles, today, including my first foray onto a US highway with a 60mph speed limit. Ran like a champ, and rode pretty nice, at speed, for a 40 year-old scoot.
 
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