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

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

  1. nineteensixtycaddy

    nineteensixtycaddy n00b

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    thanks for the reponse on the wires, will look them up asap.

    also one more question...

    I had a custom exhaust made, exactly how I wanted it, but I'd forgotten about lil things like kickstands.

    So, with the new pipes, the work stand won't fold up all the way, and it's hittin the road whenI hit a good bump, and the side stand... wellllll it doesn't fit on the bike at all, as the pipes are in the way.

    Anybody know of how to add a side stand kickstand to something else... like say the crash bars pipes?

    Or maybe, my other idea, is to somehow narrow the work stand, and shorten it a bit, so that it'll fit between my pipes and raise all the way, but then the problem is getting it back down to use it, and making sure it won't rub the tire.

    Hmmm... I'm really open to any ideas here. and I know.. pictures would help, I'm working on it :)
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  2. mjydrafter

    mjydrafter evil boy for life

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    The guys over at cb705c.com always recommend going to a small engine shop and picking up some bulk 7mm copper spark plug wire.

    I was able to fit some 8mm wire into the stock coils, but then I upgraded to a set of dyna coils, which easily accept 8mm wire. Used up some of the excess Taylor wires I had left over from my jeep along with some new boots and terminals. They are pretty blue and match my bike.:lol3

    I don't know about the exhaust/side stand question, but I would guess you'll end up having to fabricate something or modify whats there most likely.

    I know guys with the 4-2-1 systems end up removing the center stand and have to modify the stops. That and the cost of the silly exhausts have me living with a rattly baffle in the stock 4 into 4 setup.
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  3. The Kurgan

    The Kurgan Firing on one cylinder

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    That's some impressive work! Well done.
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  4. Buddykitchen

    Buddykitchen Lurking about

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    I'm always game for a "show your bike" thread of old CB Customs. Here's mine - an '82 900C.

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  5. djschlep

    djschlep n00b

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    Just rescued this '83 CB1000 Custom for $250:

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    Hope to make it look something like Hondo's CB1000C by spring.

    It's not quite as bad as it looks.
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  6. wonderings

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    Is that the CB900 10 speed? A friend just bought his first bike ever, an '81 (I think) CB900 10 speed. First I had ever heard of such a thing. Is that fearing and luggage stock pieces for that bike?
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  7. PBOB

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  8. PBOB

    PBOB MOTO NUT

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  9. Jnich77

    Jnich77 Been here awhile

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    2004 Honda CB 900F in front of the worlds largest concrete alligator.

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  10. JasonWarren

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    Honda CB1000 Custom and friends Honda CB400 Four on a C2C May 2012 ;o)

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  11. Bubbachicken

    Bubbachicken learning fast!

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    I have a CB650 Custom, I paid 700 for! I then had to install the new CDI box for one side, plus a new battery and fix a tail light (which for some reason is a little dim still), but other than that, she is not too bad. Oh, she also leaks a little fuel or something because I get like 33 MPG. I dumped her yesterday, and damaged the windshield, but have a Windjammer and bracket that supposedly came off of her. I am debating reinstalling the fairing, but don't know how to go about it. The manual I downloaded from Vetter is a little confusing because it does not appear to be the same bike exactly, and I surely don't want to have to pull the handlebars and headlight mounts off the forks... Maybe there is something I am missing though. I do that now and then. Trepidation around wrenches IS me... Let me see if I can include a photo of this bike here...

    http://s1303.beta.photobucket.com/user/bill_davis3/media/IMG_0851-1.jpg.html

    Ok, fixed the dim tail light - loose female connection in the headlight nacelle, tail light is bright now!

    Still trying to figure out how to mount the Windjammer that the PO threw in to sweeten the pot. He gave me the mount bracket, now I just have to determine how far down I have to tear the bike to mount it. Anyone done that lately to a CB650 Custom from 1981??
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  12. MiniBike

    MiniBike Been here awhile

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    It's been 30+ years since I've installed a Vetter, but first you'll need to separate the mounting brackets from the Windjammer. Then pull the tank and make sure they actually fit the frame of your bike. Vetter had specific brackets for each model and not a one-size-fits-all bracket. You'll want to make sure that what you've got actually is for your model and not something that the PO hoped he could make fit. There should be a part number stamped on the brackets that you may be able to verify on Craig Vetter's website (still available).

    If my memory serves, the only thing you'll need to pull from your bike is the tank, headlight (and ears) and turnsignals. Wiring may be a different issue, but making sure the mounting brackets are correct is your #1 priority. If not, ebay may become your friend.

    Good score, BTW. I always liked that series of Honda.
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  13. FatManKY

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    Here's my 83 CB1000 Custom. 28K miles when purchased, now quickly approaching 30K. Picked it up in February with an 81 CB900 basketcase. The 1000 came with Hondaline fairing and bags but no instructions on installation of the fairing. Hondo, you still have that manual you mentioned a few years back in this forum? (Yes, I know those side panels are from the 900C, but the emblem came off the 1000 side panels, and I haven't found any that are affordable yet.)

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  14. mjydrafter

    mjydrafter evil boy for life

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    IIRC there is a fairing manual over at cb750c.com
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  15. 3girlsdad

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    Hi guys, new to cb650 thread, but not new to bikes. Have been riding and working on bikes for 34 years. This is my first experience with quad carbs. Picked up an 83 CB650 Nighthawk real cheap. Didn't run, etc. I went thru the carbs completely, fresh gas, jets and all, new spark plugs. Did a few other tweaks. Got bike to start for a second or two and would die. Called my neighbors over (fellow bikers) to hear it run for the 2 seconds. In my frustration, I shook the bike front to back and side to side as I was trying to start it, and low and behold it would stay running if I kept shaking it. At one point it would rev (without me touching the throttle) to 3 or 4 thousand RPM. I was able to tack on to that and keep the revs going. After a while of revinign and idling, it was purring fine. Stopped it for a while. Went to start and same thing. Had to shake it to get it to keep running until really warmed up. That was using the choke, fyi.

    Strangest dam thing I've ever seen. Obviously, this has to do with the carb and/or the vacuum. I'm at a loss, and on of my neighbors said hey, post that on a forum and someone will say oh yeah that's the so and so. So here I am. Happy to expand on anything I missed. Bike is all stock. I'm active on several other bike forums, and thought yea, what a great idea.

    Many thanks in advance for the help.

    Paul
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  16. parkinsonsd

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    I don't know if it will help, but I remember reading something similar and someone posted to check the float level of the carbs. If I can track down where I saw it, I'll update this post. Hope this helps, and good luck.
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  17. Dave in Wi

    Dave in Wi Long timer

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    I don't remember but if it's got a vacuum operated petcock try it on prime. Or it could be the petcock screen inside the tank is plugged with crap and shaking the bike loosens it up. Or as Parksinsonsd said it could be the float level. The other stuff is easier to check so I'd try those first though. Wrestling the carbs in and off these bikes is not much fun. One thing I do remember from my 750 & 900, on those it is possible to install the floats upside-down. Obviously they won't work properly like that. DAMHIK.
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  18. mjydrafter

    mjydrafter evil boy for life

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    My CB900c had an SOS fuel valve hooked up to the petcock, IIRC it was activated by vacuum from cylinder #2.

    These were generally disconnected and the vacuum port on #2 closed off. I think I still have it somewhere even though the bike's long gone.

    If your bike has one I would look there. Especially if the tank is clean and the carbs are as well.
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  19. 3girlsdad

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    Thanks for the replies guys. I did clean the inside of the tank as much as possible (wasn't too bad), and also removed and cleaned the petcock and and associated filters, at the same time as all of the other stuff mentioned. As for the vacuum port on #2, I will check that. Have been out of town a few days and will check on it tomorrow and report back. Thanks, and Happy New Year!
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