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Old 05-18-2012, 03:05 PM   #61
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thanks for the reponse on the wires, will look them up asap.

also one more question...

I had a custom exhaust made, exactly how I wanted it, but I'd forgotten about lil things like kickstands.

So, with the new pipes, the work stand won't fold up all the way, and it's hittin the road whenI hit a good bump, and the side stand... wellllll it doesn't fit on the bike at all, as the pipes are in the way.

Anybody know of how to add a side stand kickstand to something else... like say the crash bars pipes?

Or maybe, my other idea, is to somehow narrow the work stand, and shorten it a bit, so that it'll fit between my pipes and raise all the way, but then the problem is getting it back down to use it, and making sure it won't rub the tire.

Hmmm... I'm really open to any ideas here. and I know.. pictures would help, I'm working on it :)
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Old 05-18-2012, 07:32 PM   #62
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The guys over at always recommend going to a small engine shop and picking up some bulk 7mm copper spark plug wire.

I was able to fit some 8mm wire into the stock coils, but then I upgraded to a set of dyna coils, which easily accept 8mm wire. Used up some of the excess Taylor wires I had left over from my jeep along with some new boots and terminals. They are pretty blue and match my bike.

I don't know about the exhaust/side stand question, but I would guess you'll end up having to fabricate something or modify whats there most likely.

I know guys with the 4-2-1 systems end up removing the center stand and have to modify the stops. That and the cost of the silly exhausts have me living with a rattly baffle in the stock 4 into 4 setup.
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:16 PM   #63
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Originally Posted by F16Viper68 View Post
About three months ago I bought a basket case 1981 Honda CB650C off Craigslist. It hadn't run in over ten years and was an eye sore to say the least.

Over the course of the past three months I've devoted most of my free time to getting it road worthy again. I've rebuilt the forks, rebuilt the calipers, rebuilt the carbs, tore off the front and rear end, swapped out the tires, spent hours restoring the tank inside and out, cleaning off rust and grime, t-shooting charging issues, wiring, and a host of other things.

If you are interested, I've posted my rebuild efforts over in Old's Cool.

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Old 05-20-2012, 06:47 AM   #64
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I'm always game for a "show your bike" thread of old CB Customs. Here's mine - an '82 900C.

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Old 11-15-2012, 11:51 AM   #65
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Just rescued this '83 CB1000 Custom for $250:

Hope to make it look something like Hondo's CB1000C by spring.

It's not quite as bad as it looks.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:29 PM   #66
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Originally Posted by Buddykitchen View Post
I'm always game for a "show your bike" thread of old CB Customs. Here's mine - an '82 900C.

Is that the CB900 10 speed? A friend just bought his first bike ever, an '81 (I think) CB900 10 speed. First I had ever heard of such a thing. Is that fearing and luggage stock pieces for that bike?
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:20 PM   #67
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my 1982 cb900c... runs great-34k miles

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Old 01-06-2013, 03:26 PM   #68
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here is my other one...1982 cb900c 17k miles

1982 Honda CB900c
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The list is long, I'll stop there....
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:28 PM   #69
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Old 01-20-2013, 04:50 AM   #70
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:55 AM   #71
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Which town?

Originally Posted by dynamos2000 View Post
Somebody here in town has a CB650 (82 I thk) for $700 with less than 15000 miles, would be a cool 2nd bike
I have a CB650 Custom, I paid 700 for! I then had to install the new CDI box for one side, plus a new battery and fix a tail light (which for some reason is a little dim still), but other than that, she is not too bad. Oh, she also leaks a little fuel or something because I get like 33 MPG. I dumped her yesterday, and damaged the windshield, but have a Windjammer and bracket that supposedly came off of her. I am debating reinstalling the fairing, but don't know how to go about it. The manual I downloaded from Vetter is a little confusing because it does not appear to be the same bike exactly, and I surely don't want to have to pull the handlebars and headlight mounts off the forks... Maybe there is something I am missing though. I do that now and then. Trepidation around wrenches IS me... Let me see if I can include a photo of this bike here...

Ok, fixed the dim tail light - loose female connection in the headlight nacelle, tail light is bright now!

Still trying to figure out how to mount the Windjammer that the PO threw in to sweeten the pot. He gave me the mount bracket, now I just have to determine how far down I have to tear the bike to mount it. Anyone done that lately to a CB650 Custom from 1981??

Bubbachicken screwed with this post 02-03-2013 at 11:45 PM Reason: added photo and a comment...
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:24 PM   #72
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It's been 30+ years since I've installed a Vetter, but first you'll need to separate the mounting brackets from the Windjammer. Then pull the tank and make sure they actually fit the frame of your bike. Vetter had specific brackets for each model and not a one-size-fits-all bracket. You'll want to make sure that what you've got actually is for your model and not something that the PO hoped he could make fit. There should be a part number stamped on the brackets that you may be able to verify on Craig Vetter's website (still available).

If my memory serves, the only thing you'll need to pull from your bike is the tank, headlight (and ears) and turnsignals. Wiring may be a different issue, but making sure the mounting brackets are correct is your #1 priority. If not, ebay may become your friend.

Good score, BTW. I always liked that series of Honda.
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