First Resto Questions - Honda CB200t

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by cb200t, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. cb200t

    cb200t Been here awhile

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    New issue that I didn't anticipate. My wife is suggesting I think about getting a bike with a larger displacement. The budget is still the same (hence my appeal in the classifieds section). Could anyone throw out suggestions on a bike with larger displacement, that still has parts readily available? Thanks!
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  2. Mgbgt89

    Mgbgt89 Long timer

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    Not true, I don't have a title for my 200, and thanks to the state of Vermont i'm on the road.

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    Rode mine to florida and back, I had more in gasoline in a week than i have invested in the entire bike.
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  3. bones_708

    bones_708 Been here awhile

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    If you stick with the big names you can pretty much get parts for any bikes without concern. Thanks to ebay and the internet even rare bikes are pretty easy to find parts for. As far as size how big do you want and what do you want to use it for? Off the top of my head I would think on a CL350. You seem to like older bikes, it's a honda twin, works great for dirt roads, and can just handle freeways without to much concern. There are tons of other great bikes that are hugely popular but without more info on what you want you'll just have people throwing out their favs not finding out what might be best for you.
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  4. cb200t

    cb200t Been here awhile

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    I don't know really what I want. I know that I like the CB/CL bikes due to their seemingly simple build, durability and looks. What I don't know is what I want to do with it. I'm not likely to go out and do a bunch of freeway miles, just a bunch of windy backroads. A friend of mine wants to go on a multi day trip so I'd like it to do that. I also want to explore fire roads, 2 tracks and dirt roads. No single track or trails though. My wife wants to ride on the back occasionally as well. I have been interested lately in the CB500/4 as well. There is a CB200T right by my house that needs a complete rebuild. My wife thinks I'd be better off with the 500, but they are hard to come across for the right price ie. less than $500. If you have any other questions, let me know! Thanks again for all your help and suggestions.
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  5. bones_708

    bones_708 Been here awhile

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    Everyone has their favorites but I will say that the Honda's are common, reasonably priced, and have good support and availability. The 350 is big enough to travel anywhere and small enough to be a nice putting around bike. A cl350 with dp tires is a great back road bike and you can do just about everything short of single track if you take your time.
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  6. cb200t

    cb200t Been here awhile

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    Thanks bones. I think I'm going to go with the 200. It's $50 and I've never had or rebuilt a motorcycle. I want the experience of the rebuild, and a smaller bike to learn on for a few years when I get done. I'll buy a bigger bike later on. I'll post pix here as the rebuild starts (hopefully Monday!)
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  7. cb200t

    cb200t Been here awhile

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    Well, I ended up buying the CB200t. I have it torn apart and ready to be stripped and powder coated. I'm in the process of restoring the tank so I can start on the motor this fall. I'll post updates as things happen for anyone interesting.
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  8. rufusswan

    rufusswan Been here awhile

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    Post a pic. If there ain't no pics it ain't real :D
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  9. cb200t

    cb200t Been here awhile

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    Ha, okay, I'll take some pics today. I have the frame and all the steel parts ready to go to the powdercoater to be blasted and painted. The fenders and chrome was all beyond hope, so that's all getting blasted and PC'd. Fenders silver, rims black, frame black. There's a local motocycle shop that does work on vintage bikes to relace the wheels for me. The motor is sitting under my work bench waiting to be cleaned and put back in the frame. The oil is black, and it turns over great. The odometer says it's only got 9000 miles on it, so I have hope it won't need to be rebuilt. I'll post pix later this afternoon.
    Here are a couple to get started with.

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  10. MacNoob

    MacNoob piney fresh

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    What are you planning for exhaust?
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  11. cb200t

    cb200t Been here awhile

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  12. cb200t

    cb200t Been here awhile

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    More progress. The forks legs got polished up to 800 grit. They also received new seals, dust wipers and oil. They seems to actually work properly now unlike before I started. I also rebuilt the front mechanical brake assembly. The frame, swing arms and all of the other small parts including pegs, brackets, crown etc all went to the powder coater. Headers are receiving black ceramic coating. The rims are also getting powder coated semi-gloss black. Everything else is Gloss. The gas tank, side covers and fenders are going to get a metallic Gun Metal gray color; probably not until December. Next month I'll have the wheels re-laced and new rubber put on so I can start piecing this thing back together. If anyone has any good advice on how to clean up the motor without taking it apart, I'd appreciate it! Thanks for reading!!

    So you can see where I started; one on the right is unpolished:
    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/vUm2wu6tRAKUigUYBxVN2YWASs2rIb9whR9ThrY4zhs?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-A5goij731y4/UFOynpaQE2I/AAAAAAAABDY/MTQswlIHyRk/s640/CAM00060.jpg" height="640" width="480" /></a>

    Forks complete:
    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/KtAUKHr5aWRDGHxcHpVdqFJteRGm21aYEqhVgykfj60?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-ihhaK1X99bY/UFzvZw0sBvI/AAAAAAAABFE/vTba9k1g-5Q/s640/IMG_0187.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a>

    Shiny stuff, all the chrome that will be on the bike:
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  13. cb200t

    cb200t Been here awhile

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    Bike parts! !

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  14. wide

    wide Been here awhile

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    Good stuff. i remember these bikes as a kid and would love to own one now, best I ever got to was a CD185 Benly but always wanted a CB200
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  15. Pigford

    Pigford British

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    I think you paid WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY over the odds for that bike........... I got this 1974 bike for £10 ($15) :lol3

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    Unfortunately, the engine had water in it and the crank & oil pump were toast :huh
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  16. ValuePack

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    Looks to be cleaning up damn well for $50! Subscribed.
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  17. cb200t

    cb200t Been here awhile

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    Long hiatus, but progress has been made. I got the paint done on the gas tank, fenders and side covers. I also rrcovered the seat, got the wheels finished up and tires put on. Ill get the rear shocks next month and the throttle cable so I can get the engine started. Pix to follow.

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  18. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Lookin good.

    I don't know if you've been to Rice Paddy Motorcycles. It's not exactly your back yard, but an easy day trip.

    Looks like they're focusing on the internet sales now, but they have a funky warehouse location and piles of old bikes. It's hard by the railroad tracks by the state fairgrounds (and a one-way street to make harder to find IF I recall correctly).

    A speedometer cable broke at about the state line, and I stopped there. They wanted me to test-fit the new-in-plastic Motion Pro cable to my bike before I paid. All the pieces were in place for a "special" price if not a gouging -- customer from away with part already installed -- when they charged me $8 or $10. Cheap.
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  19. cb200t

    cb200t Been here awhile

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    Hadn't heard of that place, thanks for the heads up!
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  20. cb200t

    cb200t Been here awhile

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    Crappy cell phone pictures. Sorry about the quality.
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