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Honda CB900F build from SDG Moto

SDG Moto Custom & Cafe has a long history in motorsport and bike building.

Our latest build is a 1981 Honda CB900F Bol d’Or, which was recently unveiled at Throttle Roll, Sydney’s best custom bike show featuring Cafe Racers, Bobbers, Trackers, Rat Bikes, Choppers and Classics.

“Our customer wanted a café racer with classic styling.  We had quite a few meetings discussing what he wanted from this build, looked at many a photograph, and went back and forth on the direction to be taken.”

The inspiration for this build was taken from a 1962 G50 Matchless.

This was a ground up build, with a lot of custom fabrication and machining.

Parts used from SDG Moto

  • Billet alloy clip on handlebars
  • Billet alloy mirrors
  • Billet alloy hand controls
  • Billet alloy switch blocks
  • Billet alloy speedo relocation bracket
  • Billet alloy brake strap
  • Billet alloy universal rear sets
  • Billet alloy headlight brackets
  • Billet alloy square LED indicators
  • Customised GPS Speedo
  • Dual carburettors with custom rubbers
  • Tri Y slipon muffler
  • Manx style tank and phat boy seat
  • Akront style stainless rims
  • Stainless spokes

Parts sourced for this build

  • Emgo headlight
  • Koni rear shocks
  • Bolt kits
  • Fork gaitors
  • Stainless front guard
  • New tyres
  • VAT holder
  • Titanium exhaust wrap
  • Distressed leather for seat
  • Dzus fasteners
  • Rear master cylinder
  • Battery box and brackets

Custom parts fabricated for this build

  • Handmade stainless steel tank strap
  • Custom machined billet alloy hand turn headlight adjusters
  • Custom stainless steel rain panels, black anodised and held on with Dzus fasteners
  • Custom machined billet alloy collars for headlight brackets
  • Custom machined nolathane sleeve in speedo relocation bracket to house speedo

The 900cc engine was given a full rebuild, and custom paint job inspired by the Matchless G50 engine.

The Manx style tank was given a custom deep maroon paint job, and the use of silver pinstriping and the silver single wing Honda logo was chosen to pay homage to the double wing Matchless logo.

The phat boy seat was upholstered in a vintage distressed leather look vinyl, for durability, which was sourced from the USA.

The front end has been completely redone. Forks rebuilt and new fork gaitors added. All brake and oil lines were replaced with new stainless steel braided lines with Earls fittings. The front end was fitted with lighter front discs from standard

Every nut, bolt, washer, gasket, seal and bearing was replaced with new where possible.  If we were unable to source a new replacement, the original was was totally refurbished and replated to look as new.

As you can see absolutely nothing has been left untouched on this motorcycle, right down to the new grease and bleed nipples on the brakes.

For all intents and purposes, this is as good as a CB900 that rolled off the showroom floor in the day, if not better.