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finally got a big bike

Postby longhairedrockstar on Sat Dec 05, 2009 7:14 am

she not cosmetically perfect, she needs some tweeks...she needs chain and sprokets...she needs me to find out where the wiring is a little haywire in the speedo backlighting and front running light....
...BUT, i think the price was nice. (i'll let you guys guess) ;)

1981 CM400 custom
(apparently) 3000mi until previous owner put 8k on since february. (12k ish now)
these pics are after quick bath, but before quick polish...so it looks a little better now.

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Re: finally got a big bike

Postby Paddy_Crow on Sat Dec 05, 2009 7:52 am

Nice! Real old school.
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Re: finally got a big bike

Postby Bustin on Sat Dec 05, 2009 9:53 am

Nice choice for a starter bike.

I'm guessing $800 . :D
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Re: finally got a big bike

Postby longhairedrockstar on Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:41 am

good guess.
with some extras (new chain, service manual, front brake pads, the other original busted mirror), i gave 950.

i don't feel bad about it yet... ;)
i mainly wanted an older honda bike with low miles, smaller cc, under 1000 bucks.

honestly, after the polishing alone, i'm sure i could get my money back out of it today if i wanted to.
except for a tiny tiny hole in one of mufflers, i can't spot any rust yet that didn't polish right away.
under the seat, it's clean enough you could eat off of it under there...the little toolbag is still there...all the original service and warning labels are good too.

this is just me but...one of my main things i want to do is get ALL the grime and sludge off the underside of this bike.
i like seeing exactly where every drop of oil is coming from so i know what parts to watch out for.

i took it out last night (carefully mind you, with that stretched chain) and i really enjoyed it.... i gained a whole new respect for windshields.
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Re: finally got a big bike

Postby aero80lover on Sat Dec 05, 2009 3:10 pm

Good lookin' bike!
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Re: finally got a big bike

Postby Bustin on Sat Dec 05, 2009 7:30 pm

Honda sold a ton of those bikes back in the day ,various models and displacements, all based around the venerable TwinStar engine. A very practical and economical machine , with enough poop to get out of it's own way without being stupid fast. The quintessential "UJM" . I made a quick $1000 on a CM400E a couple years ago , a bike virtually identical to this :

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Picked it up for $250 at a yard sale , very low miles and mint condition , but sitting for almost 20 years. $150 in parts (fresh rubber, battery, carb parts,sparking plugs) , a few hours of wrenching and polishing time , and it sold for $1400 without much hassle a'tall. The happy buyer still stops by my shop now and then , she has had many trouble free miles out of the bike and loves it , although she plans on upgrading to a bigger cruiser next spring.

That same basic engine design is still offered in the Rebel 250 . :D
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Re: finally got a big bike

Postby honkerman on Sun Dec 06, 2009 7:34 pm

Welcome to the family of 80's Honda owners :)

Great style, great bikes.
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Re: finally got a big bike

Postby Bustin on Sun Dec 06, 2009 10:26 pm

My personal favorite of all the Twinstar powered Hondas : The Nighthawk 450 :D
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Re: finally got a big bike

Postby longhairedrockstar on Tue Dec 15, 2009 7:18 pm

alrightie....

about these comstar wheels on these 80's hondas...
i'm trying to break into that rear sprocket housing to get the old toothless beast outta there and replace with a nice new one from ebay.
i've got the wheel off but i can't break into that sprocket housing.
i've got as far as taking off a little rubber dust cover and exposing one of the biggest slip rings i've ever seen.
i've already bought and returned a set of plain snap ring pliers because they were way too small.

what in heck can i do now besides rely on the mercies of the dealership?

thankee thankee thankee!!!!!!
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Re: finally got a big bike

Postby Bustin on Wed Dec 16, 2009 2:41 pm

It is a heavy snap-ring, no doubt . Most techs use something along the lines of the Motion Pro 08-0186 snap ring pliers , they aren't huge but a little bigger than many of the ones out there. Should run about $15.95 , a good bike shop might stock them (we do) .

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Re: finally got a big bike

Postby longhairedrockstar on Fri Dec 18, 2009 2:04 pm

yeah man...

sorry for the delay.
i went down to sears and got these: Image

it did the trick and i had the new sprocket on in minutes.
(there's a little retainer that was hammered on the inside of the center cutout of the old sprocket, so i removed it and hammered it into the center of the new one as well.)

i will cut down (another) chain on monday.
the first one got cut 4 links too short...i should've taken the time to get it on the sprockets before i decided how many links it should be.
counting links on the old (stretched i guess) chain didn't seem to work out so well.
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Re: finally got a big bike

Postby longhairedrockstar on Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:42 pm

alrightie...

new sprockets, new chain, new air filter.
new oil filter and 2.6L of the good castrol part synthetic oil for the first time in it's life...will drain after first 1000mi.
(i can hear some of your teeth clenching together all the way over here, but i'm going to splurge on the oil.)
made the rear shocks a little soggier to accommodate my short legs.
got new bulbs for front turn signals and cleaned those sockets. now the left light is more consistent...still will go off sometimes tho.

now i'm off to search for the little bulbs that are in the instrument panel...little 3.4w puppies that are slightly smaller globes than the tiny ones they sell at AutoZone, etc.

there's a bit of bending about the ears that hold on the headlight bucket.
it doesn't keep the headlight adjustment more than half a ride...i'll need to bang away at that sometime too.
(i'd like to replace bucket eventually)

chain number 2 went very well.
i dremeled off the extra links, hammered out the pin right on the rear sprocket...per helpful youtube and various messageboard discussions.
i didn't repeat the first chain mistake by counting links on the old chain and dremeling away without mounting the new chain on the bike to check it out first.

i'm learnin'. ;)
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