The donor bike is a 1981 Honda CB900F – the double overhead cam successor to the original “Honda Four”.
The design brief was to build a muscular, elegant and rideable café racer.
To do this we decided to mate the very strong Honda engine and frame to much more modern Triumph Trophy 900 forks and front and rear wheels. Ohlins shocks, EBC Contour brakes, a Brembo Radial master cylinder, Maxxis tyres and Harris clip-ons rounded out the rideability aspect of the brief.
From a styling perspective important features are a chromed (by SilvaBronz) tank, a Kawasaki Z1 tail piece, a Norvil nose cone, Marving 4-into-2 header pipes plus in-house made mufflers and Moto Gadget bar-end indicators.
The air box has been replaced by pod air filters (with carb jetting to suit) and the resultant clean look has been further enhanced by fabricating a battery box (for the tiny Shorai lithium battery) to fit snugly under the tail piece.
The project is rounded off with a metal flake containing pearl white and black paint scheme which is very special when viewed in sunlight. This was done by Cycle Sprays.
MOT VALID: May 2016
Chrome 900 Cafe Racer £6,750
Donor Bike: 1981 Honda CB900F
1981 Honda CB900F
Triumph Trophy 900 forks and front and rear wheels
Kawasaki Z1 tail piece
Ohlins shocks, EBC Contour brakes, Norvil nose cone, Speed Triple rear-sets & Brembo Radial master cylinder, Harris clip-ons, Moto-Gadget indicators, Marving header pipes
Bespoke mufflers & battery box
Chrome tank by SilvaBronz & paint by Cycle Sprays