Rebuilding the Scrambler (again)

So I got a new Fender, tank and seat, from the guys at Airtech, for the scrambler. It’s the Drixton style. I’m really excited about it. We all know what that means…..rebuild. I was always unhappy with the build as it was. The bike itself is a blast to ride, but visually I was not entirely pleased.

I have to cut some tuff off of the frame I missed the first time. I’ll post all of that as I do it. I also have to weld a rear hoop, so I can mount the seat and the battery under the seat. Plus it will make the back end of the frame more rigid.

The first thing on my plate is venting the rear brake. I like the way it looks plus it will help keep it cool.

Here are the pictures…..

Here is the brake plate before I got a hold of it.

And the backside, with the shoes removed.


No plasma cutter, so I have to drill it out.

And the backside.

I'm telling you, my Dremel is my best friend.

I think it turned out pretty good.


And a close up. I got all the materials at Marshalls. The Screen and the aluminum plate. I just have to fix it to the brake plate. I think some allen screws will look nice.


Mike’s Bonneville

My buddy/roommate Mike rides a 2008 Triumph Bonneville, and was unhappy about showing up at bike events and getting lost in a sea of new Bonnevilles. So he decided to do something about it. He painted it. We have a sprayer and a compressor. He wanted something vintage looking, with a modern touch.

Anyway, check out the pictures. It looks pretty bitchen….

That's nice.

He sanded the muffler too. Looks boss Michael.

Oooh artsy!

He hasn’t had time to clearcoat it yet. I’ll post some better ones tonight, with the Airtech flyscreen, and a better profile of the tank. Ride on Michael.

Scrambler Seat

I don’t have any updates on the CB175 as of yet. I admit I kinda lag on this stuff. Work has been busy as hell (a good thing as I work on commission).

Anyway, I decided to upholster the seat on the Scarmbler. I use to have a  stick on foam seat, which I liked the race bike look it gave it, but I wanted something a bit more vintage looking.

So went to the fabric store and bought some inexpensive vinyl. As this is my first upholstery job, I didn’t want to waste alot of money. I dusted off the Singer and went to work.

I got this machine from the wife for Christmas a couple of years ago. It does 4 layers of leather, or I so I have been told.

I put the foam on the seat pan and trimmed it with a brand new razor blade. This is very important, because if the blade is dull it will tear the foam instead of a perfect slice.  

Then I did the cross stitches. I did 30mm apart. And yes I did millimeters to keep the bike metric. I used a ruler and a leather pencil to measure it out.

30mm apart. enough to cover the seat pan and meet in the middle of the bottom. It seem like alot, but there will be trimming later.

I did the piping and tacked it into place.

I actually used a thicker chord in the piping, but I didn't take any pictures. You will see in the final picture that it's considerably thicker.

I drilled holes throught the seat pan and the base and put screws through the seat pan/ foam side. Then I hot glued the screws onto the pan so they don’t slip while tightening the nuts on the underside. Spray the seat foam with some 3M spray glue, so the vinyl doesnt slip around. I trimmed the fat of the vinyl and hot glued it to the underside of the seatpan. Then I mounted the seat pan to the seat. 

Not bad for my first seat. I left it short, because eventually I wanna put a Hansen or Drixton tank on her.



So that’s the seat. Next on the list for the scrambler is new spokes and polished hubs. Let me know what you think.

Side Tracked

Last Friday, my buddy Colin called me to tell me he finished his 1974 BMW R75/6, so of course Mike and I raced (literally) over to his house to check it out. This thing is awesome, and sounds good too. Yes, that is an 8 gallon Heinrich tank. All tits and no ass. The fairing in the picture is unmounted. He still has a few things to work out on, but it’s a runner. After the break in on the motor, he’s touring up the coast. I’m jealous. I wanna go up the coast. Ride on Mangold!

1974 R75/6


Mangold's racer.




Nothing new to post on the CB175. Still sourcing parts. I hope to have something for this weekend.



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.