It’s Sunday, and instead of going for a ride with my sweet baby, I decide to assess the CB and do a quick stripping of unwanted parts. Upon further inspection, it seems the bike isn’t as bad as it looks. I’m gonna toss most of the stock parts, and the frame and motor appear to be solid. Assuming of course the motor does actually turn over. This is the bike before the strip.


Front View Day 1


Side View



Right Side Motor


Left Side Motor

I’m not familiar with the CB175 motor, but that doesn’t look right.


It was pretty easy. No broke bolts. Here are the pictures of the bike with everything gone that I don’t plan on using. There’s not much left of her, but my goal is getting it as light as possible.



It took about 1/2 an hour to get her to this


Front View


Left side Stripped


Rear View

Overall I’m pretty pleased with how it went. I am starting to research parts. This is a bit discouraging, as I am finding it hard to find parts for a ’78. I need a few motor bits, and I haven’t seen the pieces I need on eBay. Nothing major, but non the less. My buddy Dutch works for a company called Airtech. His bike is the nicest of anyone I know. He built a solid, beautiful ’74 Z1 pictured above. He would argue that it still needs work, but don’t we all think that when it comes to our own bikes? I¬†will be getting the fairing, tank and seat from him. They are a San Diego based company, and they really know their shit. They don’t just take orders, and they do all the work in-house.


That’s it for tonight. I’m gonna leave you with the pictures of me and my roommate Mike clowning, and dreaming of being on the track. Enjoy!



I think it might be a bit small for me.


With one knee down, Mike's got Valentino in his sights going into turn 7. Dream on Michael. You'll never catch him.










Hey Gang, my name is Ted, and I decided to start a blog about building a 1978 Honda CB175 I picked up on Craigslist for $200. Its pretty rough, but it was cheap and the guy said the motor turns over. This is the original photo from the Craigslist ad.

Craigslist posting

Craigslist posting

I have only built one bike before this one, but it turned out pretty bitchen. It was a 1974 Honda CL360 Scrambler. I wouldn’t say it’s completely finished, but it is more than rideable, and I think it looks good.

2 Weeks ago on Highway 94. Mike's Bonnie, Dutch's Z1 and my scrambler.

2 Weeks ago on Highway 94. Mike's Bonnie, Dutch's Z1 and my scrambler.

I will post updates on the Scambler as well, as I accomplish them.

Well, I have been giving alot of thought about what I think the finished product should look like. I won’t be building it back to stock. I think I’m going to build another racer. I’m not a huge fan of the term “cafe racer”. As it seems to me, people slap some clubmans on their bike and it’s a cafe racer. For this racer, I’m thinking similar to the scrambler, but I want to put some color in this one. Right now I’m really stuck on gold, or green. I guess I’ll decide that when it comes time to paint (I’m also new to painting. The fender on the scrambler was the first thing I’ve ever painted with a sprayer). The real goal on this bike is to do as much of the work myself.


I hope you enjoy the build and feel free to drop your 2 cents about how you would do it, have done it, or even if you just think it sucks.