The Bullitt CB



Got some old, worn badges and stuck them on the CB. It's amazing what a small update can do to the overall aesthetic. She's getting there!


After 6 months of hibernation, the Bullitt CB is getting some attention. Stoked on the new seat from Dime City CyclesToying around with the idea of taking it from a scrambler to more of a proper tracker with a custom numberplate/headlight combo. Chime in and let us know your thoughts... Scrambler or Tracker?





The Bullitt CB was on a tear a few months but took a short winter hibernation. We introduced a baby Bullitt into the family, moved shop and are working tirelessly to get set back up again. That being said, we did make a lot of headway that we are happy to share. The Bullitt CB, affectionally known as 'Kira' around here, was completely broken down as you can see in the image below. We coated, painted, lubed or upgraded everything we could and put her back together, new and improved.



We detabbed the frame and swingarm and shortened Kira's rear end, opting for a semi-gloss black powder coat. The swingarm was clear coated and provides a nice balance with the raw metal from the tank. New Mikuni VM30 carbs and UNI cone filters help her push a full breath through the newly coated CL headers and mini reverse cones. 



The tail has been tidied up with a little homemade battery tray. Just the bare necessities are going back in, along with a small Lithium battery.



The seat pan was shortened and coated. The kickstand was lengthened to accommodate the taller Hagon shocks and the lower triple was cleaned up and detabbed.



We repainted the rim of the stock speedo but wanted to leave the vintage patina in the cracked gauge. We're toying with a smaller tach but still aren't sure we're gonna keep it. 


The garage should be back up and running soon and we can't wait to finish her and get her out on the road!



Making big strides on the Bullitt CB/CL.  Decided to fully disassemble and build it back up proper. There is really nothing left that hasn't been replaced, repainted or repaired. There's been some big improvements and a lot of time put into this old girl.



We've been working hard on the CB lately. The bike was getting close to being finished before we decided to pull the motor, hack up the frame and make this a proper build. The frame's being de-tabbed and looped and on its way to powder coat.  The motor's been gone through and is getting dialed in. Basically, we took everything apart, replaced all hardware, scrubbed, cleaned and coated just about everything we could.



Not all of us have the know-how or stable hand of Skratch but still want pinstriping on our own bikes and helmets.  I didn't want to pay anyone and just thought I'd mask off the area with pinstriping tape and give it a go myself.  That's what's been so fun with the Bullitt CB - just going for it on my own.  Never done this before, wasn't sure how it'd turn out but overall happy with the results. 




Getting closer every day.  Still need to tackle the wiring, loop the tail and get the custom seat finished up.  We swapped out all the hardware for black hex bolts, wrapped the headers, powder coated the springs and blacked out the shocks with epoxy paint.  Can't wait to get this thing on the road!



12 comments:

  1. Hey Patrick, Been following the progress on all your builds.. LOVE the OG build. Have a Thruxton myself. And love the progress: front end / rim set up you did there..

    On this build I was wondering about the epoxy paint you used on the rear shocks. What was your reasoning for that rather then powder coating them? I wasn't aware of this method and would love to hear you weigh in on this option. They look GREAT tho. Cheers!

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    1. Hey Tom, thanks for the kind words. For the original shocks, I disassembled them and used a combo of powder coating + epoxy paint. I did powder coat the coils and rather than disassembling the shocks completely, I tried some Epoxy paint that was specifically for shocks. They went back together easily and matched the powder coat well and the paint held up. Since then I have upgraded to new Hagon shocks for better performance and a stiffer ride. Thanks again, and ride safe!!

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  2. I love what you did with the tank. I would like to do something similar to my CB400 tank. Did you get the raw metal clear coated or anything or is it just raw steel?

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    1. Thanks Caleb. I clear coated the tank myself. If you want to give it a go yourself, your local automotive supply shop should carry an auto clear coat. I did 3-4 coats on mine. It holds up pretty well...just don't spill gas on it. Good luck!

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  3. Hi Patrick, I'm looking for replacement hex bolts, in black, for my 2014 Thruxton. Do you have a source that you recommend or did you powder coat the bolts in the picture above? For what it is worth, I'm looking for a non-gloss finish. The builds look great!

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    1. Hey Aron, I currently have on harden socket heads from ace hardware, but they rust. I would recommend only using stainless. You can get black titanium but those'll be way expensive. Thanks for your note, and good luck!

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  4. Hi Patrick. Is that stator cover and left crank case cover powder coated? I like that black texture/finish.

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    1. Hi Brent. Yep, we opted for a black crinkle coated finish for our CB and are really happy with the outcome. Thanks!

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  5. Nice looking bike! I am getting ready to start my 73 CL here soon to fight winters death grip here in wisconsin. I was wondering what front end brake set up did you run with on the build? It looks great.

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  6. I think the bike looks really good as a scrambler. I'd love to have it just the way it is.

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