The Official Honda CB650/750/900/1000 Custom Thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Hondo, Nov 24, 2008.

  1. PassTheGravy

    PassTheGravy Been here awhile

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    Let's talk about the reliability of the CB900 and CB1000 bikes. Are they as stone reliable as the newer Nighthawks?
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  2. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    You have to look at it in two different ways -

    The CB900/1000Cs had a maintenance free shaft drive VS a chain.

    But the newer Nighthawks have hydraulic valve lifters that never need to be adjusted.
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  3. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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  4. Dave in Wi

    Dave in Wi Long timer

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    Short answer - no.

    Mostly because the old CBs are 10 to twenty years older, so they will have that much more wear, tear & aging. They have shim & bucket valve adjustment and many have been neglected, so you see some problems with burned valves, and some running problems related to this. The charging system is marginal, common to have a rotor that intermittently shorts but bench checks good, hard to track down. Ignition system is weak as well, in terms of reliability I think the newer Nighthawk 750s are better. But you can see by my signature I like the older ones nevertheless.
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  5. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    My old 82 CB900F was one of my favorite bikes of all time.
    I used to ride the Parkway in my free time and it never failed to draw some guy into an overlook who saw the taillight and thought it was a CBX.

    The 900 engine was really a great mill.
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  6. TroyJ650

    TroyJ650 Long timer

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  7. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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  8. dukedinner

    dukedinner Been here awhile

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    I ride an 01 KLR for exploring/camping..but this is the 1982 CB900 Custom that I use when I feel like passing all the Harley guys!!

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  9. Surfernick

    Surfernick n00b

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    Here's my CB1000C - I'm working on the front fender and replacing the rear wheel (the current wheel is off a CB900C):

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  10. DCopp

    DCopp Been here awhile

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    now that ^ is a muscle bike! Nicely done.
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  11. DaveNBPT

    DaveNBPT Adventurer

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    I just picked up my Cb 1000 about a month ago...disappointed that winter is here. I really hope to get some type of luggage set-up for it(Hondaline hard bags, a trunk or a sissy bar/luggage rack combo). Let me know if you hear of any!
    Dave

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  12. mjydrafter

    mjydrafter evil boy for life

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    Not if I find 'em first...:evil:lol3

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    I have the racks just not the luggage.:D

    Have you ridden much with the lowers on the fairing? I don't have my lowers either.
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  13. DaveNBPT

    DaveNBPT Adventurer

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    Lowers have stayed on with me. I've only had it out a short # of times. Love the bike though. Your set up looks great. A set of cases and you're good to go.
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  14. vtwinjunkie

    vtwinjunkie Adventurer

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    built this at work for my boss and now its for sale on ebay....
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  15. mjydrafter

    mjydrafter evil boy for life

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    I think that I need the fiberglass ones that I've yet to see for sale. The Samsonite looking luggage seems to have only one hole for the mounting pins. And the most common Hondaline luggage seems to be the Samsonite stuff off of the Goldwing's, as I think it was all similar back at the begining.

    I was originally told it was a Goldwing before I went to look at it.:lol3

    I call him Edward (after the big blue train on the Island of Sodor):lol3
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  16. F16Viper68

    F16Viper68 Trapped in the Sandbox!

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    About three months ago I bought a basket case 1981 Honda CB650C off Craigslist. It hadn't run in over ten years and was an eye sore to say the least.

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    Over the course of the past three months I've devoted most of my free time to getting it road worthy again. I've rebuilt the forks, rebuilt the calipers, rebuilt the carbs, tore off the front and rear end, swapped out the tires, spent hours restoring the tank inside and out, cleaning off rust and grime, t-shooting charging issues, wiring, and a host of other things.

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    If you are interested, I've posted my rebuild efforts over in Old's Cool.

    1981 CB650C aka "The Titanic's Anchor" - ADVrider

    Dave...
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  17. J. Thompson #5150

    J. Thompson #5150 300-pound Gorilla

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    I just bought a 1982 CB900C.

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    She's mechanically sound but unfortunately she's taken too many beatings with the ugly stick. No worries, the situation is under control and she's well on her way to be a sexy machine. So far I've removed the ugly luggage rack and back rest, and wrapped the seat in fresh black vinyl. I absolutely hate the fairing and I want to freshen up the overall look of the bike so I also ordered new turn signals for front and rear, a new headlight, and a new tail light.

    :clap

    Once winter rolls around again and bike building season starts back up I'll be fabricating a new exhaust and some other goodies that shall remain a secret until it's finished. Gonna be a fun year!
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  18. J. Thompson #5150

    J. Thompson #5150 300-pound Gorilla

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    Hey guys, I've done some work on my CB900 and thought I'd throw some updated pics up.

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    Next up is some sort of rack that sits over the pillion so I can secure a duffle and other gear. I have a road trip coming up at the end of June, taking her from Iowa down to Arkansas to ride through the mountains.

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  19. nineteensixtycaddy

    nineteensixtycaddy n00b

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    Spark plug wires, ok, somebody else has obviously purchased new wires, what'd you use? and where'd ya get em?
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  20. Dave in Wi

    Dave in Wi Long timer

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    It's been a while, but I ordered copper 6mm ( I think) wire from Dennis Kirk, along with new NGK spark plug caps. It fixed the intermittent high rpm miss I had.
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