Honda CB160 Restoration Thread

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Cowboy, Jan 19, 2008.

  1. ATCOS4

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    Thanks for the tips thats why im so glad i found this thread there's so much to learn from everyone and im all ears:ear
  2. yangins

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    Signed up just for the thread!
    Picked up the 1966 CB160 today.


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    If any needs parts Email Me lue@yangins.com. I almost a good bike as parts that was included with this bike.
  3. ATCOS4

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    was wondering if someone ever found a free pdf manual for 1966-1969 cb 160s? ive been doing some looking and can find a bunch of 1972 manuals??
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  5. Cowboy

    Cowboy Ceteris non Paribus

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    Glad to see this old thread is still providing useful info to folks. Little did I know when I started it that it would become something like the internet's best resource for CB160 restorations.

    I'm sad to look back at page one and see that Uncle Ernie post, and be reminded that such a super guy and a lover of all things motorcycle is no longer with us. May he rest in peace, or at least have a good long ride with good weather in the afterlife. :deal
  6. Doug Matson

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    What happened to Ernie?
  7. Cowboy

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    Well, it's a long story, and I guess I should start it by noting that "Uncle Ernie" was just a screen name. His real name was Paul St Clair.

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    Paul was suffering a lot near the end. His wife left him, his health was failing. He was suffering from depression. He was likely to lose the one joy in his life, riding motorcycles, when it came time to renew his driver's license. His eyesight had grown so bad that he would be unlikely to obtain a renewal.

    He had a motorcycle accident while riding his Enfield, either because of poor eyesight or maybe gravel on the corner, and maybe because he passed out. He put off going to the hospital, despite a broken ankle and probably several broken ribs. When he finally went, the doctors freaked because his heart catheter was long overdue for replacement. (He had earlier had a heart transplant.) When they got him on the operating table to replace the catheter, he died.

    Paul was well known and well-liked on lots of motorcycle forums. Long before I found ADVrider, I knew him from the single overhead cam Honda forum where he was a fixture of sorts, and I understand he was active on numerous other forums as well.
  8. Doug Matson

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    Thanks for the info, very sad. I knew him from some of the different projects that were similar to what I was working on.
  9. tasslehawf

    tasslehawf Been here awhile

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    Just found this thread, though I've been on advrider a few years. Picked up a '67 CB160 in running condition back in November. Currently The engine is sitting on the workbench. I started tearing it down this weekend. The PO said it was smoking on the left cylinder.

    It has 12,000 miles but hasn't been registered since '73. We have the title, which is good. I just did the bonded title thing on another bike (a KLR we picked up last month) so I'm feeling seasoned on that process now. I'll probably wait until it's much closer to being back in one piece.

    This is my first restoration, BTW.

    I found this blog from an youtube video of pretty well documented photos of a ongoing restoration: http://gordsgarage.wordpress.com The manuals I have are good, but the photos are crappy so this should be useful.
  10. ATCOS4

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    hey yall its been awhile. but im deployed and my bike is unfortunatly torn down in my garage, but anyways was wanting to get some parts for it while im gone.. mostly just wondering where cheapest/best place for cables and such would be ive been looking on ebay but thought yall might have better insights? also ebay seat recover kit?? anyone try them or know of a better place. anyways thanks in advance everone.
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    For cables, they seem to be realtively cheap and plentiful, with the exception of the speedo cable for some reason -- I know this because I need one and they're $60+ so far in the places I've looked. Anyone know somewhere cheaper?
  12. kalchcliff

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    Found a couple if you're still looking.
  13. Cowboy

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    There's a question that dates right back to page one in this thread. The answer does too. Here's a list of parts sources that should keep a soldier busy shopping for a few nights:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=6126430&postcount=13
  14. Cowboy

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    In truth, I've found a lot of parts on ebay that are cheaper than other sources. The drawback to ebay is that you can't always rely on the sellers to make things right if they mis-describe something. Most of the established businesses will take care of that sort of thing.
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    i can agree with the ebay i had checked out most of the sites and they have a lot of good stuff on them. ive been following this thread for a lil while now and all i can say is thanks Cowboy for starting it its reignited my passion for bikes especially when i picked up mine for dang near a steal, i got most of the stuff i needed now in the past week or so and its starting to arrive at my house (where my wife takes pics of the stuff all wrapped up waiting for me)haha i was even given my grandfathers 50s/60s leather jacket(for chirstmas from my wife/mom who had its zippers fixed for me) from when he was a honda mechanic in california in that era. not to mention finally got my brother to rebuild my moms super 90 that had sat outside for the past 20 years not moving. anyways just saying thankyou for providing the source for so much knowledge on these wonderful bikes to everyone. :clap
  16. champ9597

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    I am in the process of restoring a 1967 CB160 which the dealer made into a CL160 before it was sold to my father. The bike was white and I am repainting it red and silver. The question I have has to do with the bottom fork tubes and the center stand. I have seen the bottom fork tube in base color which in this case would be red and also in silver. Which one is going to be correct for this application? I have seen the center stand in both base color, again in red, and also in black like the foot pegs. Again which is the correct color for a 1967 CB160 coverted to a CL160?
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    If the bottom fork tubes are steel then base color, if the later aluminum ones, then silver.
  18. champ9597

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    Thanks for the reply and I will check the bottom forks for type of material. Any thoughts on the center stand? I am really leaning toward the base color and not black like the foot peg bar.

    Thanks again for your help.

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  19. Cowboy

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    Hey, you're welcome! In truth, I just started the thread, and people started pouring their knowledge into it. Not much of that knowledge was mine. It all helped me too, right when I needed it. I'm thrilled to see what this thread has become through so many years. :clap
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    I'm not sure which color is correct for the center stand. I've seen both base-color, and black centers stands non-black bikes with "base" color, though most of them that I've seen have had rust-colored center stands :D. I'm planning on powder coated the center stand of the red one I'm doing in black, as I like for parts like center stands and side stands to not stand out, visually.