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Author Topic: First bike, first mod, first everything - kind advice appreciated!  (Read 1095 times)

Offline mjenson17

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Well then

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!  :)

Thank you!!  ;D 8)
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Offline advCo

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Welcome aboard, looks like a nice little scooter.
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Offline CALfeRacer

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Welcome! I'm working on what started as a CM200 (and admittedly hasn't made any significant progress in almost a year :-[ ), and I always like seeing people work on small Hondas.

Just my $0.02, clubmans with the stock pegs might be pretty cramped. I'm keeping the stock pegs and put on a set of superbike bars, I really like how they feel and it also gets rid of the mini-apes. Then again, I'm 5'11" so at 5'3" you might be fine with the clubmans. Also, the rear shocks from a cm250 (nighthawk 250 too I think) will be slightly longer and set up for a slightly heavier bike, that's what I put on mine to lift the back up a little bit and to compensate for re-lacing the wheels to 18".

Looking forward to some updates!
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Offline mjenson17

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Welcome! I'm working on what started as a CM200 (and admittedly hasn't made any significant progress in almost a year :-[ ), and I always like seeing people work on small Hondas.

Just my $0.02, clubmans with the stock pegs might be pretty cramped. I'm keeping the stock pegs and put on a set of superbike bars, I really like how they feel and it also gets rid of the mini-apes. Then again, I'm 5'11" so at 5'3" you might be fine with the clubmans. Also, the rear shocks from a cm250 (nighthawk 250 too I think) will be slightly longer and set up for a slightly heavier bike, that's what I put on mine to lift the back up a little bit and to compensate for re-lacing the wheels to 18".

Looking forward to some updates!

I'll definitely have to give it a ride around and a feel to see if the clubmans work. I'm guessing they will for little ole' me. My inseam is probably around 29-30 inches and I have small arms and hands. Ha.  :P
I'll be shopping around for different wheels as well. I'd love for this bike to eventually be matte black or matte gray just about everywhere, including the wheels. But first, as I've been told by many, get a good feel of it and change those items first, then focus on the aesthetics. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the bike soon enough and I'll be posting more soon. Thanks for the $.02!
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Offline 1fasgsxr

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Happy Birthday !!...Saturday  :D

Offline mjenson17

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Happy Birthday !!...Saturday  :D

Thank you much!
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Offline mjenson17

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Not a whole lot done yet on her. I took and passed the motorcycle safety course. Woohoo! Big first step I'd say. I've taken it out a couple times now. Trying to build up my confidence.

I did take off the highway bars. Already looks better and took off about 10 pounds. Where is a good place for a replacement spedo and all the lights with it (neutral indicator etc). I'm looking to replace those along with handle bars to start....

On the mechanical side I think it needs a carb cleanup. I have to keep the choke up at all times and pretty much can't idle in neutral without it dying on me. And I have an oil leak behind the filter cover. Not sure the exact source yet. Will have to trace it. Any suggestions are always appreciated!
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Offline 1fasgsxr

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Congrats on passing !  Sorry I can't be of much help on those bikes but I am sure some help will come along. Sounds like your pilot jets are stopped up if it won't idle without choking it.

Offline crazypj

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If you have an oil leak behind air filter it's probably overfilled and blowing out breather. Should be a tube on top of crankcase or from cam cover (I haven't worked on one for about 30 yrs) Does it have twin carbs? Picture doesn't show that too well. Motor is basically the same as 'Rebel' and even the 125 twin from around 1979~80 (that was a 12,000rpm crank destroyer)
 The big ends are not pressure fed so keep an eye on oil level plus learn how to check oil properly. Bike needs to be upright and dipstick doesn't get screwed in. As long as oil is between the marks your good to go.
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Offline mjenson17

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Thanks for the advice. I'll probably play around with it some this weekend. Life has been pretty dang busy lately so it's pretty much only weekends right now when I can look at it.

One other question. I'd LOVE to put on a new spedo. This would be a dream one for me: http://www.dimecitycycles.com/2-5-inch-black-mini-kph-speedometer-with-black-face-indicator-lights-and-tripometer.html

But I just realized the ignition is connected to the current gauge of the cm200 twinstar. How hard is it to "re-wire" a new ignition to the bike? I'm relatively new but I learn quickly given a good manual/instruction set. Example here: http://www.lttmllc.com/misc?lightbox=dataItem-il3xcr0q

Is this spedo option actually an option for me?

Thank you :)
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