Keith Seed’s 1984 Honda CB750FD
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?