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    Junior Member red05five's Avatar
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    new guy from Miami, FL - USA

    hey guys,

    just wanted to take a quick moment to say hello and introduce myself.

    im the proud owner of a 1975 honda cl360 which i bought stock, with about 10,000 miles on it, a couple of months ago.

    after i bought it, pretty much went straight to work on it with a couple of mostly cosmetic modifications at the seller's shop (called burn up company, located in west palm) such as:

    - cut down the front and rear fenders,
    - painted the wheels,
    - put fork gaiters on,
    - removed stock turn signals and mirrors,
    - replaced stock handlebars with clip ons
    - replaced the stock handlebar grips
    - replaced the stock gauges with mini gauges
    - put a CB tank on it,
    - painted the CB tank (red),
    - replaced the seat with a cafe style seat
    - replaced the rear brake light with a smaller one
    - removed the stock side covers
    - removed the exhaust heat shield and wrapped the exhaust,

    some of the non cosmetic things i did to it while at the shop were:

    - replaced tires with some new dunlops
    - replaced fork oil
    - replaced the stock chain with a new one
    - removed stock airbox with pod filters
    - replaced front brake to accomodate clip on handlebars

    now that i've brought the bike home (actually to my friend's garage since i'm having storage issues, as i can't store the motorcycle at my apartment complex) ive run into a couple of mechanical issues:

    - the clutch: when i gave the bike the first ride around the neighborhood i noticed that the clutch lever was pretty stiff (so much so that it was uncomfortable to ride for a long time). i thought this might be normal for an older bike and something i might have to get used to, but the next time i gave it a ride, the retainer attaching the clutch cable to the clutch lever snapped off (thankfully the bike was on neutral at the time, making things easier). so now i need to put on a new clutch cable and check and adjust the clutch to make sure everything is ok.

    - the battery/charging system. the bike is now having start up issues (the electric starter wont work, have to push start it to get to start). im going to try to charge the current battery and then replace it, if this doesnt solve the problem.

    this is my first motorcycle, and i dont have any experience working on bikes whatsover. however, im pretty quick and eager to learn (ive also had a vintage car in the past, a 1985 toyota corolla gt-s), so im hoping i can pick stuff up quickly enough).

    with that said, it'd be nice to meet up with any of you (if any of you guys are also local to south florida) to talk bikes and maybe for some advice or some help with the old machine here.

    cheers!

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    Welcome to the forum. Your cable routing may need some tweeking, or shorter cables to accommodate the shorter bars. Here's some good reading in the meantime....Basic Checklist for that New to You old Bike
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    thanks man! yeah i was reading that earlier.

    do you happen to know if the original owners or service manuals are available online?

    thanks in advance sir


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    Senior Member dtsmjr8dan's Avatar
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    I believe common motors, one of the sponsors has it available.
    1979 CM400T (rider),
    1981 CM400T (in surgery receiving transplant)
    1982 CM450 (parts bike)
    1982 CB450 (parts bike)
    Past rides: Vincents, Triumph, BSA's, Suzuki's, Twingle, Corgy, others.
    Remember, today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday.
    My chest fell, but, fortunately, my belt caught it.
    I don't know everything, nor, have I met the one who does.

    T-shirt sales supporting 66Sprint's LSR Build http://www.hondatwins.net/forums/22-...d-attempt.html

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    Welcome to the forum red

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