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Old 06-22-2014, 07:07 AM   #1
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Old Lady...function over beauty

I got this old school iron horse as a present from my friend.
Neglected but running.

It's CM400 Custom, 1981, 43HP.
Missing side covers, gauges and headlight.
Rear light, fender and turns are there but not shown in pic.



Electricals in very bad condition so that is first on list to sort :







Jawa 350 TS headlight and DIY headlights ears :







New H4 bulb and socket :



My (tm) Kawa EL250 fairing, hiding electrical spaghetti :





Over wires and connectors wil be alu plate covering all this hell and will cary DIY volt indicator, phone/gps cage and DIY phone charger, switch for DIY cop-like strobo (both LEDS white, not red/blue) and random electronics I made...



Next, seat pan :













I didn't like low seating position, so i'm decided to raise and level front part, but wihout welding and cutting, to preserve originality of frame :



Cheapest and dirtiest way is to fill it in with construction foam



Then seat cover, no gluing no stitches, screwing it to pan is way quicker







So, next thing on the list are side covers. These will be fiberglassed from scratch by my friend.
But before that, it's nice to put some luggage thingies. No passanger this time, so topcase can be moved toward front for better weight distribution.



Behind, just over stop lamp, is left dedicated space for tent.






Secondary, she will get sidebags carriers from my ex Honda (CB400N) :



and Yam XT600 front pegs, like on my ex CB :





She got new battery, slightly larger rear tyre (130-90-16, used but usable), new engine oil and oil filter and 5 liters of gasoline, for first test ride yesterday

Despite bad visual aesthetics, seat is very comfy, sitting position like enduro, knees in relaxed 90deg position, back is right, shoulders relaxed.

One more significant thing, I must change this wierd Jap handlebars. It feels like I'm driving



and put some enduro bars (with risers), like from Transalp, XT600, Jawa 350 or such...

To be continued
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:34 PM   #2
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Back in '81, that was a beautiful bike, and all the bike anyone actually needed. I bought a brand new Suzuki GS450L back then, and thought I was on top of the world. The Honda CM400 Custom, Yamaha XS400 Special, and Kawasaki 440LTD were also great bikes. I would buy any one of them new right now if they were still available today.

Looks like you did a good job on it. But the bars were my favorite part. They allowed a nice comfortable upright riding position.
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Old 06-24-2014, 11:23 PM   #3
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Yes, on a straight highway. Impossible to do U turn, can't reach front brake with fingers properly etc.
I don't like doing one-way modifications of original parts so her bars will be kept on pile for next owner.
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:33 AM   #4
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horrible bars belong to those who dont care about function.
when you get some normal flat bars on, it'll transform the machine into something useful, functional and controllable.
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:43 AM   #5
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Think of Scrambler ?
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:38 PM   #6
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Little bit of iron work









And removable diy backrest on top case





On one pic, can be seen XT600 2KF front pegs. Also, I completelly removed rear pegs.

Next, LED in top case, diy phone charger, LED rear light and LED parking lights/flasher, side covers and front roll-bar ...
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Old 07-19-2014, 05:24 PM   #7
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New handlebars, handles and clutch cable :



Rear lamp ledilised (of some sort) , completely reversible to standard filament bulbs :



and phone charger mounted but no pics.

Ultra-low cost scrappy side panels, but do their job



Bike fully loaded for a test ride.
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Old 07-20-2014, 04:41 PM   #8
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Little bit of iron work
On one pic, can be seen XT600 2KF front pegs. Also, I completelly removed rear pegs.
Ooooh, YOU stole my foot pegs?
I can't wait for that 12 day ride
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Old Jawa 350 TS rollbar mounted :



and phone charger with volt controler :

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Old 07-21-2014, 12:26 PM   #10
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So what happened to the CB400N?
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Last year on end of July I returned her in original condition and sold her to my friend.
I still see her driving around town
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:24 AM   #12
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Last year on end of July I returned her in original condition and sold her to my friend.
I still see her driving around town
:like: Good on you mate!

That's almost exactly what I did with my beloved '82 CB450T, put her back to stock as much as I could, and gave to my best buddy for his very first motorbike.
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My friend's first bike too (meaning, first bigger then 50cc chinese enduro)
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Some new details...
Because original front brake master cylinder leaks at cap and o-ring beneath oil cup, quickest solution was to get complete another master cylinder, from ZZR600. This one came without cup cap and by coincidence old cap, lever and switch fits like butt on the potty
She got new brake pads and partially serviced break caliper.

Tomorrow installation and testing.





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Old 07-26-2014, 12:30 PM   #15
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In the end, lever and hose did not fit so I was forced to replace them. Hose taken from scraped Tengai and lever from old Honda superbike. Now everything works as should, after additional disc cleaning :







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