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Bike mechanic in Kenora, Ont area?

Discussion in 'Canada' started by squonker, Sep 6, 2020.

  1. squonker

    squonker Stupid is the new norm

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    Hey folks. A friend of mine in Kenora, Ontario has recently got her bike out of long-term storage. I don't have all the details (although I can find anything out), but it is an '81 Honda Nighthawk 450, and has been stored outside for something like a decade. Perhaps a little longer. When it was put away it had a problem with the front brakes so she knows that they need some work, and of course many things could have seized or worse during the last decade. She'd really like to get the bike back on the road but doesn't have the know-how, and doesn't know where to go for help. I thought that it couldn't do any harm to ask here - any help is much appreciated :-)

    Cheers.
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  2. shuswap1

    shuswap1 Long timer

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    Much as I hate to avoid a direct answer to a direct question it sounds very much like a bike that is 'done', "stored outside for something like a decade" just doesn't sound fixable, except to a die hard enthusiast. I'd suggest parting/selling and looking for something else, avoiding a bottomless money pit.....assuming she desires a ride.
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  3. eldog

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    As a reference point for setting a budget, a search on the Ontario section of kijiji for "Honda 450" shows almost a dozen of these bikes from the 80s available for sale between $1,350 and $2,500 that are presumably already roadworthy.

    It seems hard to imagine getting a bike in that condition back on the road for less.

    However it looks like there is a Honda Powersports dealer in Kenora where she could at least ask them what kind of costs to expect.

    Also, considering the bike is in Kenora, if the hope is to ride what's left of this season up there, does it make sense to wait until next year and start fresh instead of spending money on repairs, licensing and insurance for maybe 6 weeks more riding?
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  4. squonker

    squonker Stupid is the new norm

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    Thanks eldog. She's already aware of all of that. She just asked me to enquire about a mechanic in that area on 'that site you're always talking about'. She may have meant Porn Hub, but I thought I'd try here first :D
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  5. MiltonHog

    MiltonHog Been here awhile

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    I suggest she try and buy a running bike that has an Ont Safety standard certificate. It is difficult to buy parts for a Honda of that age that may need OEM parts. Anything up to about 10 years parts may be available but over 10 years it is very much a crap shoot with most Japanese brands. I suspect a poorly stored bike of that vintage could be very difficult. Paying a shop to do labour is not likely worthwhile.
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  6. squonker

    squonker Stupid is the new norm

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    I agree with all the comments above, but she is quite determined! We'll see - she has other priorities right now anyway, but I expect she'll see sense in the end. Thanks all :thumb
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  7. Trialsguy

    Trialsguy Been here awhile

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    Before spending much money on it (or another bike that old) it might also be wise to check with her insurance company that they will carry a bike of that age. She may have to hunt around for one if she hasn’t had a policy on it for some years. I’ve had experience with RBC and TD Insurance not wanting to deal with what they term ‘a vintage bike’
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  8. GP640

    GP640 Long timer

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    Funny, my son's 74 cb450 is insured through TD.
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