I bought this bike in 2012 for $800 CAN. It ran but not well...
The first thing I did was strip and paint the tank, finding bondo UNDER the factory red paint.
I used copper, then brown, then a light spray of black. Rubbed down the high points to give it an aged copper look.
Baffles in the exhaust were rusted out, so I made new ones from some brass pipe and bits and pieces.
Took her out and she ran pretty well except for acceleration and deceleration (back firing) and anything over 4000rpm
Decided to build a new seat 'cause I can do that!
and installed a "Superbike" handle bar that a friend gave me.
...Read about taping up 75% of the pods to restrict air flow. Better but still a lot of hesitation on acceleration...cleaned the carbs again and bypassed the air cutoff valves and removed the vacuum assist petcock as per someone's advice on one of the forums (Frank/mtspot?), and found all the accelerator pump ports were clogged so blasted them clean
...no more acceleration hesitation!!!
Replaced tape on pods with brass.
By now it's mid October 2013 and getting chilly. The last ride of the season I got home to find an oily fluid leaking out the exhaust joint (PO had attached the pipes with hose clamps after doing some surgery on them ). Thought this could be something needing attention inside so I ordered a gasket&seal kit and new rings and committed to tearing down the top end over the winter. Now, I'd never done anything more than change a flat tire or do an oil change but I'm pretty handy generally so I figured it would at the least be a learning experience!
And a bunch of other stuff...
- rebuilt the exhaust pipes to straighten and shorten them, rebuilt the baffles longer, painted the pipes black and wrapped them.
- removed the center stand because it dragged (lower pipes = lower center stand )
- bought new indicators and tail light (mounted down on the left on a homemade bracket) (yay ebay!)
- bar end mirrors
- led bulbs in the indicator and tail light
- copper and leather homemade grips
- cut back the rear fender and mounted it on the swing arm
- cut off the rear of the frame and built a cantelivered, removable rear seat on a leaf spring
- last week the throttle cable snapped so I replaced both of them
Life is not about the number of breaths, you take, but the moments that take your breath away.
I don't have an anger problem. I have an idiot problem. Hank Hill
Never confuse education for intelligence.
Happiness is a belt fed weapon.
I just can't imagine what could go wrong.
No fire? No explosions? So whats the point of your story?
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. ~Plato
It couldn't be done, but the darn fool didn't know it, and did it anyway.
We all got problems. Ksharp
I like vintage bikes because they take me away from the clutter of technology that I work with everyday and back to a simpler time of mechanical elegance and simplicity.. "ninadm"
Darkwing Duck: The worst part of public transportation is the Public.
"That is awesome shit there" Re-Run
"Fear nothing, attack everything" Eric Berry
" Oh, you read that on the internet? Clearly it IS a massive problem. Of course it CAN’t be normal operation."
1976 CB 750-A X 2
1977 CB 750-A X 4
1977 CB 750-K
1976 CB 750 F
1981 CB 750
1966 Kawasaki SG 250
1981 KZ 750 LTD
1973 CB 350
1979 CM 185 Twinstar
1982 Honda XL 80
South of Eden (Kansas City MO)
So far I have had only one passenger, my 15 yr old step-daughter. She said it was really comfortable but she was also hanging on pretty tight, her first ride ever, and we did a country loop with lots of turns and a few bumps. I've never had a sweaty back after a ride before! The seat is the same pattern as the front seat without the, um,... pecker shelf? It actually has a pretty good slope towards the front when you sit on it and the padding squishes down.
The pods work great. I put some deflector shields on the outer two as I got some sputtering in strong cross winds. Figured that out last fall on a cold windy day when I tucked my knees into the engine for warmth and she took right off.
Well, I have have access to a laser engraver at work that can, among other things, make rubber stamps. Instead of the rubber, I used a piece of plexiglass and then hammerred the copper over it by hand using a piece of pine to get around all the detail. Took about an hour of tapping away for each cover.
It's the figuring out how to do stuff like this that really turns my crank!
There are a couple guys at work who outfit trailers, as a hobby, for bikes but also fitted out for camping when the bikes are out, fold down beds, microwaves, sound systems, wifi, blah,blah,blah. I've done up some led light switch panels for them. Very cool in a disco kinda way!