'74 CB200 - Tall Dude, Tiny Bike

byrdo444

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YOO I've been putting this off for too long, it's time to document what's going down on this little bike. It's in great shape, but I know I'm going to be messing with it a lot over time, so might as well put it in writing eh? I just graduated college so I'm broke and have around 20,000 dollars in loans to pay off...so that being said this bike will be done on a budget. The 50 dollar mod thread will be my friend. I guess the ultimate goal is to make this bike run better than it ever has, take care of it so it will last a long time, and make it comfortable for a 6'4" dude to ride on...or at least a little more comfortable.

How I got the bike (I did take some steel wool to the chrome before these pics):





Problem 1: No Air Filters


Found some stock airboxes on eBay for 25 bucks, they are in the mail.

Next Projects:
Add rearsets, and figure out a way to still go two-up with my fiancé :D I've been talking to viet, I'm pretty sure I'm going to order some from him plus the rising bracket.



Add CL pipes? possibly for the rearsets, we'll see though
Fix that ugly taillight
Do something with the stock seat
Go FASTER, kind of hard in a small town to make it over 65, but I'll find a way... There's nothing like going fast on a small bike! I came from the world of mopeds so this bike feels a lot bigger to me, but definitely still a "small bike"
 

byrdo444

New Member
Yesterday I did a little FREE seat modification. Took off the cover of the stock seat,



took a bread knife to the foam (there was a LOT more than this)


recovered the seat, had to cut little notches out of the cover so there wasn't excess material bunched up underneath, and BAM - free lower profile seat.


I like it because it still pops up and down like the stock seat did, and allows me to lock my helmet when I leave my bike places.
We'll see though, it might keep evolving, I might throw a more cafe-type seat on there in the future sometime, we'll see...
Now I really need to get those rearsets for sure, my knees are basically hitting my arms on the stock pegs haha
 

byrdo444

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bought a cheap Chinese tail light, we'll see if i can fab it on there somehow when it arrives in half a month haha, anyone done this in a easy way?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230818888386#ht_1840wt_1413
 

byrdo444

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Just ordered Viet's rearsets plus a rising bracket in case I decide to ditch the scrambler pipes idea.

I think it's annoying when people reference things in their build threads but don't link them, so I'm going to try and make an effort to always do that for future builders:

Viet's Rearsets: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=32402.0
 

bojica

New Member
seems like a good start so far. I'll be starting on a 200 I just bought last week here pretty soon. subscribed!
 

byrdo444

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bojica said:
seems like a good start so far. I'll be starting on a 200 I just bought last week here pretty soon. subscribed!
Sweet dude! There's so many new cb200 threads popping up right now, it's a good time to get one! I've found a lot of older completed CB200 builds/links that I've been learning and taking inspiration from.

Check em out:

sbaugz CB200 (blacknyellow): http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=29420.0
alec.korver CB200 (blacknwhite): http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=36806.0
flyswat2006 '77 CB200: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=35351.msg382259#msg382259
CanadianBacon Cb200: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=32874.0
904Cafe Silver Bullet CB200: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=4568.0

Random stuff:
ABOUT: http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/model/Honda/honda_cb200.htm
Carb Syncing: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=3690x
 

byrdo444

New Member
Ordered tires into the local shop (yes! no shipping fee)...asked how much it would cost for them to install, they quoted 50 DOLLARS A TIRE!? haha no thank you, i am purchasing 20 dollar tire irons and doing it myself thank you very much.

Affordable Tire Irons Set of Three: { http://goo.gl/hlNEM } (...oh p.s. if you ever see links like these, that means if you click it and buy something I make $$$. Amazon associates FTW!)

I got the Duro Classic Vintage Tires in 3.00 x 18 Front, and 3.50 x 18 in the Rear. { http://goo.gl/vWFKk }
I know the stock size is 2.75 in the front and 3.00 in the rear, but I've seen a lot of builds throw these bigger sizes on there. I'm a big dude, so I figured big tires too...why not.
The Classic Vintage Duros are about half the price of the Avon Roadriders I've seen other cb200 dudes use, and I've heard nothing but good things about both. I ordered the Duro's through my local shop and they came out to 100 bucks for both front and rear.

Another option I've heard a lot of people use on these smaller bikes is the Michelin Gazelle Moped Tires. { http://goo.gl/OzQw1 }
These tires will run you 40 bucks for the PAIR! Yes, $18.88 per tire. They are P rated up to 90mph, so it'd do the job for the cb200 easy if you're looking for some nice tires on a budget.
I opted for the Classic Vintage, because I'm hoping to get this bike to do the ton someday (I know...very wishful thinking), and I just felt weird buying moped tires...even though everyone says they are totally legit.

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How to Change a Tire (for future reference when I get mine next week):
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=22369.0
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=15921.0
 

808shadow

Mechanical Engineering student at Texas Tech
Throw up some pics of the new tires when you get em on!

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Big R

Heaven is so far away.
Top speed of 65? Man, you will be happy once you get the stock filters on there. Your bike is gonna go a lot faster just with them.

I want to add: keep an eye out for a CB or CL 175 front end. While the mechanical disc may look cool, it's stopping power ............. leaves a lot to be desired.
 

808shadow

Mechanical Engineering student at Texas Tech
I'm college so i feel ya on the budget thing haha. I was gonna go with the dunlop tires so I'm glad you mentioned the others! If you ever want to make your own cheap seat you can always do what I'm going to do and make your own for about fifty dollars. Ill post the link on YouTube tomorrow when I'm not on my phone

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cyclefreak

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Looking forward to seeing how this turns out. Btw the rearsets will help a lot, I am 6'1" and I actually fit on my wifes 200 pretty comfortably.
 

byrdo444

New Member
808shadow said:
I'm college so i feel ya on the budget thing haha. I was gonna go with the dunlop tires so I'm glad you mentioned the others! If you ever want to make your own cheap seat you can always do what I'm going to do and make your own for about fifty dollars. Ill post the link on YouTube tomorrow when I'm not on my phone

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Sweet dude, excited to see it.

On another note, I think I also want to throw some new rear shocks on there. I think it will improve the handling and for two up riding it won't sag as much. Today I was riding and hit a bump and the back scraped a bit. I've heard good things about Hagon Shocks, but I haven't really looked into it at all yet. Let me know if you guys have any suggestions :D
 

Big R

Heaven is so far away.
Hagon makes some quality stuff, but may be out of your budget. Some people avoid the $100 shocks from EBay and Dime City, but compared to the clapped out originals, they do a great job.
 

byrdo444

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Big Rich said:
Hagon makes some quality stuff, but may be out of your budget. Some people avoid the $100 shocks from EBay and Dime City, but compared to the clapped out originals, they do a great job.
Sick dime city it is! I don't think I'll get these right away but definitely in a month or so when I have the $$
 

byrdo444

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What came in the mail today. Sorry no links on these because I'm on my phone.

1. Vintage Padded Rooster Tail Motorcycle Jacket I got off of eBay for 10 bucks. The lady selling said it was so cheap because it had glitter glue on it and the zipper was stuck. I scratched the glitter glue off with a coin within five minutes of getting the jacket and then to my surprise the zipper wasn't stuck at all...just old and hard to get moving at first...SWEET.

2. Cheap goggles to match for when I decide to rock the half helmet (not very often, I prefer the full face).

3. Clymer Manual, a must have for me. I love reading through em I always learn a ton!

Oh and the forth thing that came in the mail:


Haha, I graduated! Woo woo, I actually didn't think I was going to get this. I was a film major and I had this one-unit class that met ONCE on a Saturday during the semester. Of course, I missed the day without even realizing it, so I was one unit short of graduating! I had good reason, I was out shooting documentaries in South Africa. So I emailed the prof asking him I there was anything at all I could do to make it up. He never responded...ever! I even emailed him a couple times after that with no response, and tried to track him down in person but no luck. I thought for sure I wouldn't graduate but somehow I did. The professor that taught the class was also the head of the film department so my theory is he finally checked his email and watched the pieces we shot in S.A. Then must have just overruled it last minute and just passed me.
 

808shadow

Mechanical Engineering student at Texas Tech
nice! congrats man! I still got 2 years to go :-\
Heres that link I promised
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlbYeotzB2o
 

byrdo444

New Member
^^ oh sweet, I actually watched that same vid a while back. Looks like a fun project, I might just tackle it down the line. The seat and paint is probably the last thing I'll do to this bike though, for now I'm fine with the stock seat cut down a bit.
 

byrdo444

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Posting these affordable DCC shocks for personal future reference: http://goo.gl/kKFTc, and http://goo.gl/kvF5l

Searched around and I guess the eye-eye measurement is 12.25 on the CB200 stock shocks.
I'm throwing bigger tires on, figured I'd throw larger shocks as well, will make the turning a little more responsive and make up for all the weight i'll be putting on these things riding two up occasionally. Unless my thinking is backwards...

joevirus563 said he used 13.2's on this thread: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=21688.0
also cyclefreak on this thread: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=31655.msg365044#msg365044

*edit* Note to self: double check if cb200 is eye-eye or eye-clevis before ordering.

*second edit* checked and confirmed by DTT members, they are eye-clevis.
links to DCC ones: http://goo.gl/tF7Yb
 
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