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Author Topic: First bike, first mod, first everything - kind advice appreciated!  (Read 1492 times)

Offline mjenson17

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I just bought this 1980 Honda cm200 Twinstar on ebay. The seller lives nearby and will be bringing it over this weekend. This is the first bike of my own. I've always been a passenger so I'm really excited to have one of my own that I can customize.

I'm also going to include some inspirational pictures I've found so far. Right away, I'm thinking new clubman handlebar and lights, and eventually seat. I'd like to get the frame and wheels painted a matte black, and tank/filter box painted either a matte gray with cream stripe, or something like that.

I have no idea where to shop or buy anything, but I'm diving in!!

I'm a 5' 3" chick who used to help her dad change out his Harley tires. I'm little but mighty and don't mind getting greasy! I want to be able to do as much as possible by myself.

Thanks for any advice!!

I'm a noob. Be gentle.

Offline Kamn

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Welcome to the club

Great starter bike and it seems like you want to ease into biking which is awesome because a lot of people get waaaay to much motorcycle for their first ride......sounds like you have thought this out
All the stuff you want to do is cool, but first make sure the bike runs properly, then ride it for a little while before you start changing things because this will give you a better idea of what changes to make that suit you better as well as make it look the way you want.

Plenty of places for parts, some are the site vendors here.
Don't be afraid to ask any and all questions, there are no dumb questions when it comes to learning
And most of all, ENJOY THE RIDE!
'82 Kawi GPZ550

'73 CB750 K3 (needs restoration)

Offline 1fasgsxr

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Welcome aboard ! Like Kamn said just make sure its in good running and working order 1st...then dive in the deep end !! Good luck

Offline mjenson17

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Welcome to the club

Great starter bike and it seems like you want to ease into biking which is awesome because a lot of people get waaaay to much motorcycle for their first ride......sounds like you have thought this out
All the stuff you want to do is cool, but first make sure the bike runs properly, then ride it for a little while before you start changing things because this will give you a better idea of what changes to make that suit you better as well as make it look the way you want.

Plenty of places for parts, some are the site vendors here.
Don't be afraid to ask any and all questions, there are no dumb questions when it comes to learning
And most of all, ENJOY THE RIDE!

Thanks! It sounds like the bike was well taken care of. The guy that has it now was good friends with the original owner, but he ended up in senior living. The new owner has added some new parts, and likes to talk, so I'll try and get a list of all the new stuff he's installed and find out as much as I can about it. I can't wait to get it going!
I'm a noob. Be gentle.

Offline canyoncarver

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Welcome to DTT!
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Offline coyote13

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Welcome aboard!  In my experience and opinion, little changes and mods can make huge differences in the look of a bike without hampering its performance.  A new set of bars, slimmer taillight, smaller turn signals, and shave the stock seat to a more aesthetically pleasing shape, have it reupholstered (or DIY), and you've pretty much got a whole different bike.  Do all the little maintenance stuff first to familiarize yourself with the new bike, get yourself a manual and it will walk you through everything you need for a tune up.  Then ride it like ya stole it!
Half the fun's in the get there...

Offline mjenson17

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Welcome aboard!  In my experience and opinion, little changes and mods can make huge differences in the look of a bike without hampering its performance.  A new set of bars, slimmer taillight, smaller turn signals, and shave the stock seat to a more aesthetically pleasing shape, have it reupholstered (or DIY), and you've pretty much got a whole different bike.  Do all the little maintenance stuff first to familiarize yourself with the new bike, get yourself a manual and it will walk you through everything you need for a tune up.  Then ride it like ya stole it!

Great advice. I think I'll definitely see a huge change in the look of it from the changes you mentioned. I think the only thing I'd need to have professionally done is the seat work. I dont have the tools to shave off the back seat area, and I want the seat to look nice. Maybe something with diamond stitching. I've seen some DIY seats that look pretty bad. :)

I'm getting so antsy for the end of the week. I get the bike Friday. Happy Birthday to me!!!
I'm a noob. Be gentle.

Offline Kamn

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Is it your Birthday as well?
'82 Kawi GPZ550

'73 CB750 K3 (needs restoration)

Offline mjenson17

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Is it your Birthday as well?

On Saturday - I get the bike Friday - close enough  ;D ;D
I'm a noob. Be gentle.

Offline Kamn

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Well then

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!  :)
'82 Kawi GPZ550

'73 CB750 K3 (needs restoration)