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Author Topic: 1986 Honda Rebel... the wifes bike.  (Read 8705 times)

Offline Redbird

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1986 Honda Rebel... the wifes bike.
« on: Jun 27, 2010, 13:04:13 »
As some of you may recall, I picked up a 1986 Rebel from a buddy about two months ago. He picked it up off of CL a few months before that. The bike was/is complete, with only 368 miles on the clock. However, it had been sitting for several years. The carb was not attached to the bike, and came (in pieces) in a ziplock baggie. Well, after thouroughly cleaning the carb, and reassembling it with fresh rubber parts, she purrs like a kitten. One oil change later, and a few adjustments, and the wife is learning to ride!
This is the pics my buddy sent me...



This is a few shots I took once I got her home. Filthy, but basically all there...





This is after a few hours with some Brillo pads, and Meguires Swirl Remover...



And this is the wife during her first lesson...


Now... me, with a need to tinker, couldn't leave well enough alone. I started to modify :D
I hated the location of the stock taillight, so I decided to do something about it. I took a 6"x2" oval LED taillight and fitted it below the fender, for a cleaner look. I need to remake the mounting bracket though. The first one seems to have fallen into "prototype" status :)
Mounted, Running light, Brake light...




I also removed the tabs from the top of the fender, and the strap from the seat. All holes will get filled for a smoothed fender top. The passenger seat will be able to be fitted back on when/if necesary.


More to come. I'm not done yet :D
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Offline Aetsh

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Re: 1986 Honda Rebel... the wifes bike.
« Reply #1 on: Jun 27, 2010, 14:00:18 »
Beautiful ride! Lube that chain!

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Re: 1986 Honda Rebel... the wifes bike.
« Reply #2 on: Jun 27, 2010, 14:30:48 »
Beautiful ride! Lube that chain!

+1 -- and all the cables, while you're at it.  Nice first bike...they're pretty well bulletproof, and good-looking, besides.
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Offline Aetsh

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Re: 1986 Honda Rebel... the wifes bike.
« Reply #3 on: Jun 27, 2010, 14:39:54 »
Actually, the chain is so new, to get the rust off, You can soak it in kerosene (in a coffee can or so) over night, then the next day, you can hit it with a wire brush (like a metal bristle brush for the grill) and it will look BRAND NEW.

Hit it with some good oil/lube and it will be perfect, and look mint for years to come!

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Re: 1986 Honda Rebel... the wifes bike.
« Reply #4 on: Jun 27, 2010, 15:15:50 »
Hey thanks for the suggestion! I had actually oiled the chain already (since the pics were taken), but the kerosene idea sounds like a winner ;)
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Re: 1986 Honda Rebel... the wifes bike.
« Reply #5 on: Jun 28, 2010, 15:42:01 »
i use simple green and steel brissle brush.... works great... looking good man!
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Re: 1986 Honda Rebel... the wifes bike.
« Reply #6 on: Jul 24, 2010, 19:08:45 »

More to come. I'm not done yet :D

I'm sorry. I was distracted by  your avatar. What happened.
Great find. I just picked up a CM250 to bob.
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Re: 1986 Honda Rebel... the wifes bike.
« Reply #7 on: Oct 17, 2010, 16:50:42 »
While very long overdue, I've picked up work on the wifes Rebel.

I got the rear fender off and had the old taillight, wiring harness, and reflector holes filled. Also, with the fender off, I can make a proper taillight bracket for the new LED setup. I've also started polishing the valve, clutch, and stator covers. And will be painting the engine black. I swapped the stock handlebar for the one that came on my DS7. It looks and feels muuuuch better, but I'm still on the lookout for something with a lower rise.





More to come...
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Re: 1986 Honda Rebel... the wifes bike.
« Reply #8 on: Oct 17, 2010, 21:56:54 »
uhhhhhh is there a build going on here? oooohhh avatar drool  :o between your avatar and the one of the naked ass walking on a treadmill who needs internet porn. looks good. We just picked up a cb 350 for jenn today.
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Re: 1986 Honda Rebel... the wifes bike.
« Reply #9 on: Oct 19, 2010, 18:27:48 »
uhhhhhh is there a build going on here? oooohhh avatar drool  :o

That's it... I'm changing my avatar. Maybe something with puppies :P
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