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Abarth

Abarth’s 1972 Honda CB350k Cafe Racer

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Thanks mate, I’ll get in contact

Frame is back from the welders, stoked with how it’s turned out. 

Fitted the rear wheel and took some measurements, fitment clears the frame even with the big tyre.

Added in a bracket to mount the seat latch mechanism too, also doubles as frame strength.

Continued on with the engine build today, got the piston and rings in, everything was going great until we noticed small cracks on the camshaft where the timing chain cog fits on. Turned out to be cracked right through on both sides. Yip that’s game over for that cam.

 

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Had a play with the headlight. Managed to order the wrong size so it’s huge haha but was keen to see how it looked with a yellow tint.

Once the smaller one arrives I think we’ll keep the yellow as it pops against the blue.

Next is the wiring, so much to do before the Distinguished Gentlemen's ride in Sept!!

Edit: man that rear tyre looks huge, thinking of down sizing as it looks a big out of proportion in the profile shot.

  

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Carried on setting the motor up today. Kept the points instead of a CDI as there is something oldschool mechanical that I like about them.

Tensioned the timing chain at 90 degrees after tdc. Then set up the points timing and tested the coils, got good spark so she’s getting very close to starting now!

Fitted the headers and noticed there isn’t much room between them and the rearsets. Might have to make some out of 35mm ID pipe to get the clearances. 

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Finally kicked this thing into life this arvo. Started easy as and sat there idleing like a champ.

Stoked the motor is working as it should have. One step closer to the DGR ride!

Still have so much to go, mainly wiring as the indicators don’t blink, starter motor is dead, rear set linkages etc.....

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Indicators not flashing will just be the bulbs/l.e.d not drawing enough current from the relay. Swap it out with another one. 

Its a nice build man, tidy!

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I think i have a new fav os bike build!!!!!!!

Supercheap and AE both sell solid state flasher relays which work with LED indicators. They are good even without led lamps because they make the slow flashing at idle problem lots better.

I do think your headlight is too high and vote flipping those brackets :-D (I'm also not a good judge of style. )

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Thanks guys! It’s been a lot of work to get it to this stage.

I’ve added an LED flasher unit so I think it’s something to do with the wiring not being quite right. I’ll revisit the wiring once the controls arrive from AE and try to knock it out all in one go. 

Super Trapp reps should also be arriving too this week as there is an issue with the exhaust and rearset brake hitting. Probably going to make new headers to get the clearances.

Anyways she’s come a long way since the Trademe purchase that’s for sure!

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