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Old 01-19-2008, 12:23 AM   #1
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Honda CB160 Restoration Thread

Just to make sure the airheads don't dominate the Old School threads, I decided to let the gang follow along on my restoration. I picked up this '65 CB160 off Craigslist near Boulder, Colorado last week.



The bike is nearly complete, but it had been sitting for a couple decades, and the engine was seized. I love a gamble. I got the bike home and sprayed some PBlaster into the spark plug holes. After letting it sit all night, I tried the kicker this morning. Still stuck solid. After it sat all day, I decided to work it a bit this evening. I put the bike in fourth gear, crawled aboard, and started rocking it backward and forward gently. After ten minutes, I worked the pistons loose. I gave it a push across the garage and back, tried the kicker, and everything seemed to be free. It will be a while before I try starting it, though. I need to get a key made, replace all the control cables, and rebuild the carbs before I bother trying to fire it up. (In the meantime, I squirted some light oil into each cylinder, to make sure the rings get loosened up by the time I add fire to the mix.)

My plan is to get the bike running well, do the mechanical restoration first, work out the bugs, then strip it down for paint when the weather warms up a bit. (It's exactly 0 degrees F outside as I type this. I'm glad my garage has a woodstove!)

In the end, I'm looking for a frequent rider, something I can take out into the mountains for fun, so this won't be a concourse restoration. Today I ordered new tires, pulled the front wheel apart and cleaned it up. It all looks serviceable. I also took some steel wool to several of the worst chrome parts. It looks like the chrome should clean up well.

Pop open a beer, and watch the fun!

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Edit: For those who are too impatient to read through the whole thread, here's a link to the "after" photos, a year and a half later:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...&postcount=200

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Old 01-19-2008, 02:17 AM   #2
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Old 01-19-2008, 04:41 AM   #3
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Very Nice, it looks alot like my 71 CB125s, except the 160 is cooler in every way. I love the tanks on those older hondas. You've got an extra 35cc's and its a twin to boot! Fun project.

Any ideas where you are going to find parts? I've had decent luck with ebay for my CL350, although my choices are much more slim for the 125. I will probably just have to get creative.

Looking forward to more!
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Old 01-19-2008, 04:55 AM   #4
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Reminds me of my CB77 I rode in the 60's. I'll be following this one.
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Old 01-19-2008, 05:57 AM   #5
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Old 01-19-2008, 07:11 AM   #6
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CB160 incentive

Good choice. There is hope.

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Old 01-19-2008, 11:27 AM   #7
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Any ideas where you are going to find parts? I've had decent luck with ebay for my CL350, although my choices are much more slim for the 125. I will probably just have to get creative.
I restored a CB350 twin recently, and I was surprised at how many parts I could order at the local Honda dealer. (they are generally cheaper than ebay, too!) Of course, the 350 saw much higher production, so it makes sense that they would still carry parts. that may not be so true for the 160.

So far I've identified ebay stores sources for all the control cables on the bike, and also for carb kits. I know I can buy the gaskets to rebuild the petcock through my Honda dealer parts counter, as I have bought them for several other bikes with the same petcock. The only other parts I can think of that I need to replace right away are the rubber pad on the left side of the tank, and the knob for the steering dampner. Any ideas where I might find those?

I'll try posting a wanted ad over on the SOHC4 forums, which have been a great source of parts and advice on my previous Honda restorations. For those who aren't familiar, SOHC4 is a great source of knowledge on Hondas in general, not just the SOHCs. (Isn't it, Uncle Ernie!?) Here's a link to the "Other bikes" forum there, which is where the knowledge on these old twins will be found: http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php?board=10.0

Thankfully I have all the other sheetmetal parts in restorable condition. Those seem to be the hardest parts to find. Surprisingly, the fuel tank is clean inside. My exhaust system is also in usable (though not perfect) condition. I polished up one muffler last night, and when I turned it end up, some rust and black junk started falling out of the muffler. I shook it, and a large pile of black junk came out. I was sure my muffler was rotten inside, until I looked closely at that pile of junk: sunflower seed shells. Some mouse was apparently living in the muffler all those years. I haven't pulled the second muffler off, but I'll bet it's full of shells too!
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:18 PM   #9
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Wow, mine's in better shape than yours.

I can't wait to see how this turns out, I've been putting mine off for years. It's a 1965 CB model with a CL kit installed (bash plate and high exhaust pipes).
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Must say this was great come back! Recently I purchased a 1965 CB160 which was in great shape expect for one plug which refuses to fire, your blow by blow report has given me much encouragement!


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Old 06-21-2009, 12:02 AM   #11
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Eek nice refurb!

I will pass this thread along to my buddy, who just picked up a later Honda Benley 150 for $100......
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Old 06-21-2009, 07:36 AM   #12
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Old 06-21-2009, 10:30 AM   #14
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Old 11-28-2009, 10:13 AM   #15
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Talking I blame Cowboy...and the rest of you!

Thanks to you guys, I had to go have a look at this today...





Claimed to be a 1966 CL160.



Rustier than what these photos would lead you to believe.



This is what I find to be the least impressive.



Motor won't turn over.



Comes with a few spare parts...



...including a spare engine that is 'mostly' there. Exhaust is there, too.


Run like the wind or dive in with both feet? What's a good top dollar price range?
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