Keith Seed’s 1984 Honda CB750FD

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I bought this in 2011 off ebay from a guy in Hast­ings. I live in the Brad­ford area so it was a long jour­ney to pick it up. As you can see from the be­fore pic­ture it was in a sorry state! It had the wrong han­dle­bars, the front mas­ter cylin­der was the round type off the sohc mod­els, the carbs and air­box were in with a box of bits and it had a Mo­tad 4into-1 which was also off the bike and in a state. Oh and the cen­tre­stand was miss­ing, the brakes were seized and the seat was be­yond re­pair. When I got the bike home I stripped it down and got the frame and as­so­ci­ated parts (in­clud­ing an ebay sourced cen­tre­stand) off to Triple-s pow­der coaters in Bin­g­ley, West York­shire, only three miles from my home. It was al­ways my in­ten­tion to re­store the bike back to orig­i­nal con­di­tion, so I checked out ebay to source in­di­ca­tors, seat and new brake-caliper parts: I re­ally got some bar­gains on there! One guy was sell­ing a job lot of chrome nuts, bolts and screws from his restora­tion project. Once I got the frame and as­so­ci­ated parts back, I started to put the bike back to­gether. The wheels, although very dirty, came up nice and I haven’t re­painted them. When the bike was at the rolling chas­sis stage I saw Mo­tad had a 4-into-2 ex­haust on the mar­ket so I bought one of those: it looks the part once on. I stripped and cleaned the carbs, checked the en­gine valve clear­ances, gave the en­gine a coat of en­gine sil­ver paint and then put the en­gine back in. With a new bat­tery and clean fuel the bike fired up within half a dozen spins of the starter. An­other search on ebay found a fuel tank, side pan­els, tail piece and mud­guard: not in mint con­di­tion but good enough to use so I could run the bike on the road un­til I got the paint­work done. The first at­tempt at get­ting the paint­work sorted was not good, but I ran the bike for a cou­ple of years un­til I got around to hav­ing the paint­work done again by The Paintshop in Ship­ley, West York­shire. Gary Reddy is the man: so no de­cals or stick on graph­ics here. He laid the colours for the stripes and let­ter­ing down in­di­vid­u­ally then lac­quered it over for a lovely fin­ish. There aren’t a lot of th­ese bikes around th­ese days: es­pe­cially the FD model. The lat­tice footrest hang­ers de­note this model. I did at­tend the Stafford show in Oc­to­ber in 2014 and met a guy called Steve Maw­son who had a blue ver­sion of this model, he lives at Idle, West York­shire, within three miles of my home: small world, eh?

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