First Resto Questions - Honda CB200t

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

  1. telejojo

    telejojo Been here awhile

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    Looking good I also am doing my first motorcycle resto. I've done a few cars (MG,Triumph,)so it's not like starting from scratch.Just got frame back from powder coaters and soda blasting engine tom.Keep up the good work and pics.
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  2. cb200t

    cb200t Been here awhile

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    Currently in the midst of applying for grad school and studying for the GRE, but I did go on a spending spree yesterday...New mufflers, hagon shocks, points, bars, grips, fuel cap and throttle cable :huh :clap So with the bank account a little lighter, the CB is closer than ever to having life breathed back into it. Maybe a little history on this bike, the owner was a neighbor of a good friend of mine. He had bought this back when it was new and rode it until the mid 80's when it was parked. It had not run since 1985 (his estimate). After we moved and I first saw it, I fell in love with it. Don't know why, my head says it's only a 200, but it was just crying out to be ridden again. Hopefully I'm not wrong, but now it's 80% complete. It's been really fun so far. Next is to get the engine back in it and work on getting it started again. Stay tuned if you're interested.
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  3. cb200t

    cb200t Been here awhile

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    Sweet, looking forward to seeing yours~!
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  4. cb200t

    cb200t Been here awhile

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    Received my Hagon shocks yesterday. They look fantastic. I tried to install them today, but while drilling out the bushing on the swing arm for the lower mount, the sleeve spun out of the bushing :eek1 I had to remove the rear wheel and remove the swing arm again. Took down to the local machinist (literally a 1 minute walk) and asked if he could make a new sleeve for it. He said gladly, and charged me $50 for two new sleeves that he would press in. Should be a couple of days, but it'll be for the correct size bolt too. In the mean time, I got the tail light assembly cleaned up and put back together. Also put the new gas tank lid on the tank. Pix later.
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  5. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    Looking good!...nice job. She'll be purty when your done.
    I ran across three CL200's last fall for $500.00. One is a good runner, original and complete, the others are parts bikes...no titles for any of them though. The "high pipe" CL's are pretty rare from what I've researched. It's just a hassle getting a title and that's what detered me. I've purchased three bikes in MT. without titles and was able to get replacement "bonded" titles for each one, but it takes about 5 steps (and about $150.00 +) to get it accomplished....and the MT. DMV Title Dept. is always backed up about 3 months or more.
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  6. Mgbgt89

    Mgbgt89 Long timer

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    What tires are you running on yours? I haven't been able to find anything but moped tires in that small of a size, and i destroyed my rear in a week on my trip. Probably too fast and too heavy of a load for it.
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  7. cb200t

    cb200t Been here awhile

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    Avon roadrunners.

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  8. cb200t

    cb200t Been here awhile

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    Sent the cylinders and pistons off for a hone and new rings. Head work should be done before too long. Looking forward to reassembling the bike and perhaps get it running this fall/winter. Would really like to learn how to ride a bike again soon and start playing with the the Farnsey's Picture hunt thread! Pix of the smallest pistons I've ever seen! Current state of affairs shown last. Minus the torn apart engine of course :D

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  9. Old Mule

    Old Mule Been here awhile

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    It's good that you stuck with the little Honda, it's a good machine.
    I put flat bars and a hydraulic brake caliper from a bigger Honda on mine, cheap to do.
    I liked mine a lot, rode the nuts off it. I found that it could go much faster when I wore tight roadracing leathers, than a jacket flopping open. It was a lot of fun trying to get the most out of the little thing.
    Avons are good, even in the rain.
    Who cares if you spend more on it than it's so-called "market value"? That's not what riding is about.
    My ex and I weighed 325 pounds together, and we had a lot of fun runnin the roads and coffee shops on mine.
    Remember that the same filter/airbox/carb tuning tricks that 400Fours use will be applicable to your machine-
    have fun!
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  10. crimson ghost

    crimson ghost n00b

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    Trying to decide what to do with one I just bought. I weigh 150lb but still worry it may be too small after a week or 2. I love the looks and size of them though.
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  11. MacNoob

    MacNoob piney fresh

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    Too small for what? I weigh 200+ and rode my C70 Passport 60km round trip to work everyday one summer. Had a riot and saved a bundle on gas and parking.
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  12. crimson ghost

    crimson ghost n00b

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    Sounds good to me. Thanks
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  13. cb200t

    cb200t Been here awhile

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    I appreciate the advice. As noted previously, this thing was bought as an "experience". Since I have no experience with motorcycles, this has been a very rich and thorough experience that will continue to a different chapter after it's running and I re-learn how to ride (I took a rider's course, got my endorsement and haven't ridden since; that was three years ago.)
    At first I was keeping track of how much I was spending. After the first thousand, I said "f$*k it" and just bought what I needed, spent what was warranted to get what I needed/wanted and called it good. The $3000 number is fairly accurate, but it's just off the top of my head with some mental math. I don't anticipate ever selling the bike, so I don't really care what it's worth. Honestly, I think it's just neat to have something older than myself that not many others have.
    My wife has expressed interest in possibly riding on the back every now and then. I'm hoping this will be a gateway, or at the very least, a means to get her to feel more comfortable about my riding it.
    Could you provide more specific detail about the hydro conversion, and specifically how you handled the right hand switches etc.?

    I was suspicious at first, but after I sat on it, I realized it provides a really neutral, upright position. I think it'll be really fun to ride when it's done. Then again, the only experience I have on a moto is the time I got to ride one during the MSF course and that was on a 125 Yamaha... :1drink
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  14. Old Mule

    Old Mule Been here awhile

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    I just pulled the right hand switch cluster and mastercylinder/hand lever from a CB500, ten bucks at the swap meet. Wiring is nearly the same.
    I had to make an adapter for the brake caliper and that was a little hard, those old calipers are clumsy and big. I you choose a caliper from a modern bike, it will be much more compact and easier to fit.
    You can make a Masonite pattern for your caliper adapter and a bike/chopper/fab shop will cut it from aluminum for you, cheep.
    You can get a braided brakeline to fit your app from any bike shop for a few bucks.
    I had such a good time with mine, I'd be flyin along on I94 with the rev counter redlined, and then sit up- it would take 10 mph off instantly.
    Rode to an AMCA meet once, 50 miles in freezing rain/sleet, found when I arrived that all the big ol tough guys on their sportbikes had chickened out and stayed home.
    Wish I still had the little Honda.
    Get on the net and check out the 160/175 racing scene in Portland and elsewhere, great tech ideas for the little Hondas.
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  15. cb200t

    cb200t Been here awhile

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    Good to know, I'll start looking into that. I think it would make a good upgrade for that bike. Thanks again for the heads up.

    Alex
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  16. cb200t

    cb200t Been here awhile

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    Ordered up a Lifan scooter caliper/master cylinder with lever for the CB. Trying to get a hold of a CB500 right hand control to delete the integrated lever that the 200 came with. Should have a hydro brake soon. Still waiting on the engine stuff. Will post pix when I start putting things back together.
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  17. crimson ghost

    crimson ghost n00b

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    Keep us updated :clap
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  18. cb200t

    cb200t Been here awhile

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    Will do!

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  19. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    You spend money on a hobby, making money doing anything ruins it.

    How many people these days know a bike inside and out?

    How many people know about the pride of a well running bike that was once a wreck and in pieces in their garage?

    Pride. Satisfaction. Knowlage.
    You can't buy that.
    You earn it.

    Someone can have $30,000.00 into a bike and it does not impress me, I think its silly and not very smart.

    If I see an old bike, I am very interested. If I find out the rider rebuilt or restored it, I am impressed. If they ride it cross country, they get my full respect.

    I am looking for an old sl125 or something like so I can have fun also..

    Enjoy!
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  20. Old Mule

    Old Mule Been here awhile

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    There is a CB400 carb tuning thread up here now, copy the info for your carbs.

    Right on, mucho respectt for someone who knows his own machine.
    Ever seen the Vincent book, "Know Thy Beast"?
    It is too expensive for us mere riders to buy now, unfortunately.
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