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Old 06-10-2013, 05:21 PM   #721
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Question Frame and Engine numbers

I was checking my frame and engine numbers on the my 1967 CB160 which I am restoring and they do not match. I know for certain that nothing has been changed on this motorcycle as it has been in the family since it was purchased new in 1967. Is this common for the engine and the frame numbers to not be the same on these little Hondas? Do I have something a little unusal or just something that commonly happened?
Thanks for your help. Carle
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:56 PM   #722
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They usually don't on old Hondas.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:14 PM   #723
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From post #200, 05-24-2009. That is a beautiful old bike. I don't know why they can't build bikes like that today, or at least similar. It even has a kickstarter and a centerstand, two things today's bikes desperately need. You did a great job restoring it. I had my doubts when I saw the first pictures. It's amazing what some skill, knowledge, ans a lot of hard work can do.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:30 PM   #724
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From post #200, 05-24-2009. That is a beautiful old bike. I don't know why they can't build bikes like that today, or at least similar. It even has a kickstarter and a centerstand, two things today's bikes desperately need. You did a great job restoring it. I had my doubts when I saw the first pictures. It's amazing what some skill, knowledge, ans a lot of hard work can do.

Thanks Jerry! I'm glad my restoration inspired a few people, and mostly I'm glad that this thread has become a popular gathering place for CB160 restorations on the 'net. I benefited a lot from the collective knowledge everyone brought to the thread.

As bad as my bike looked back on page 1, it required mostly just elbow grease to bring it around.

I still love seeing the before/after photos:






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Old 06-13-2013, 04:42 AM   #725
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Question This is for Cowboy

Nice restoration. I am almost ready to start putting my 67 CB/CL160 back together. Have finally got all the parts painted and collected.

What did you do to your engine to make it look almost new? Just a good power washing and a lot of elbow grease? Did you paint your side engine cases or did they just clean up really nice?

Thanks. Hope to have pictures posted soon.
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Old 06-16-2013, 01:11 PM   #726
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Really glad I found this site. Just picked up my first bike, a 1965 CB160. Bike is in pretty good condition but the idle is really high. Reading through this thread is making for a wonderful Saturday.

In other news, I can make a pdf copy of the parts catalog, shop repair manual, and owners manual, but not where I could host something like that. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.

And now the good stuff...


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Old 06-17-2013, 03:05 PM   #727
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Great find The bike looks good.
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:08 PM   #728
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My little 160 is getting close. A few more things to finish then I can start it up. The motor is all new. I kicked it over about 50 times to see if I could get oil to the top end but no luck. I hope it pumps oil when running.

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Old 06-17-2013, 03:10 PM   #729
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I have some odd gaskets for the mufflers. Anyone know if this is correct? They look kind of odd.



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Old 06-23-2013, 09:16 PM   #730
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What did you do to your engine to make it look almost new? Just a good power washing and a lot of elbow grease? Did you paint your side engine cases or did they just clean up really nice?
I did just what you suggested: while the engine was out of the frame, I power washed it, and generally just used elbow grease and a scrub brush with some degreaser on both the fins and the engine covers. They look better in those photos than they do in real life. In real life, the engine is the roughest-looking part of the bike, but I restored it as a daily driver, just as I do my antique cars. Looking like they get used is a point of pride for me, so I don't mind the imperfect engine finishes.
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:33 PM   #731
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Hey Cowboy....

I started watching this thread about a year ago as I picked up a 160 out of a junkyard and I'm trying to revive it... Kind of like I saw in your thread, I had a period of time there where I kind of stopped working on it... then I saw it again the other day and was like... yeah... okay, time to get back to work on it...

anyway, had a question for you... How did you get your fuel tank side covers cleaned up? Did they have rust pitting you had to deal with? Did you buy new ones, or find a good way to clean them up?
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:38 PM   #732
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got one for sale in the classified section if anyone is interested:








here is a pic of the original 80+ year old i got it from. still on the 1969 title.
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:44 AM   #733
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CB160 lean at start up

Looking for some tips to keep the bike from stalling out at start up. Even with the choke engaged it runs really lean at start up. Once warm its great. I have tried adjusting the air and throttle screws, and that is ok while its cold, but once it warms up then it idles too high.

So what is the best procedure to up the cold start idle without causing the idle to scream like a banshee when warm?

Be gentle, just learning carbs after spending my life on cars with electronic or mechanical fuel injection.
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:49 PM   #734
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Have you verified that the carb slides are synched? You need to remove the air cleaner tubes so you can see into the carbs and ensure the slides bottom out evenly and that they begin moving at the same time as you twist the throttle.

Also, air leaks downstream of the carb body can cause no end of misery associated with weird starting problems and overrevving. The O-rings on each side of the manifold piece between the carbs and the head need to be in good condition. Unless those O-rings are new, I would replace them and synch the carb slides before expending effort elsewhere.
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:19 PM   #735
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Question Light on Speedometer between 70 and 80

Just noticed a red light on the speedometer between 70 and 80. I can find no mention of it in the owners manual or the shop manual. High beam indicator is the first guess. Havent ruled out blinker fluid warning level indicator or the flux capacitor over charge indicator. Anyone confirm what it is?
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