Honda CB450K7 Gets a New Lease on Life

| 2/7/2013 2:35:21 PM

1974 Honda 

Chris' 1974 Honda CB450K7 before restoration. 

Rider: Chris Malcolm, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Age: 52
Occupation: Truck driver
Rides: 1974 Honda CB450K7, 1974 Hodaka Super Combat, 1974 Yamaha TX750, 1975 Yamaha MX100, 1980 Honda CB750

Chris’ story: “As a former Honda mechanic back in the day, I am always looking for project bikes to restore. I had been trying to purchase this 1974 CB450K7 from a friend of mine for several years. He finally relented just before Christmas two years ago. It was in worse shape than I expected. It had been sitting for 25 years or more. Although most of the bike was there, a lot of it was not able to be used. 

“I wanted to restore a CB450 after seeing the article in your magazine about the bike that Charlie O’Hanlon of Charlie’s Place had done. I spent many, many hours searching for parts, and I found them all over the world. The funniest parts story is the six-hour drive I made to buy a bunch of CB450 parts, and when I got them home the only thing in the huge box of stuff that I could use was a handlebar mount that I could have gotten shipped to my door for $10. But that’s all part of the fun.

Honda after restoration 

Frank Sturges
8/12/2013 2:08:54 AM

Very nice. The CB 450 was my first "big" bike. Bought one new in July of ' was stolen 6 weeks later. ;-( Keep up the good work. Frank