With story time out of the way, this post is going to cover a couple of important things for people who see this build log down the road:
Contents: As the thread grows I plan to add links to pages where different steps start such as tear-down, painting, engine/transmission rebuild, etc... If this lasts for several months, I imagine this log getting to be quite long.
Index: Here I'll be listing links to my sources and other topics. If I have a specific question, I'll likely ask that in a different thread in the appropriate place where I can get a detailed answer. In such instances, I'll add the links throughout the build log where they are most relevant, but I'll keep a master list here.
Frame VIN number: CL350-4038642
Made: February 1972
Mileage: 11,428 miles (as of start on project)
Color Scheme: Magna Red
As I find out more about this motorcycle, I plan to add more info here. Basically, I'm trying to build this motorcycle's story. Maybe the original owner will see this and fill me in on details, who knows!
I'm seeing a lot of cafe-racers, modifications, and generally a lot of cool stuff on this forum, but my specific goals are a bit different:
1) Small Budget. Being a college student, extra cash is hard to come by. I can't afford to hire out all the labor necessary so most of the work will be done by myself. I'm also going to be using original parts whenever possible.
2) Keep it standard. While everyone's bike has a certain beauty, I was drawn to this motorcycle by it's classic looks. The designers at Honda sure knew what they were doing and I don't plan to deviate much from their vision. Any modifications made will be done out of necessity (like updated wiring)
3) Learn to build and maintain. It's one thing to own a classic motorcycle, it's another to have completely rebuilt the bike. When I'm done, I want to know how this machine works inside and out. Not only can these skills transfer to a variety of other projects, but if I happen to break down in the middle of nowhere, I'd like to be capable of fixing the bike and limping it home.
4) Learn to ride. I'm not a motorcycle enthusiast, however knowing how to ride presents and opportunity. Not only does this skill open me up to a whole new world full of wonderful and interesting people, but I think a few hours on a motorcycle will make me a better driver in a car. This Honda will be the bike I learn all this on.
5) Take my photography, writing, and film making in another direction. Other hobbies in the past opened me up to the potential benefits of knowing how to write great articles and back them up with quality photos and video. In the past, I've written about model trains on a blog, but that's being put on hold for several years. Plus I'm severely out of practice. Typing about something informative and technical again is just what I need to get back in the saddle on other hobbies.
Everyone has their own reasons to tackle this type of project, but I want to make it clear right out of the gate that if someone wants to restore and ride a motorcycle, there are few reasons better than to learn new skills that can help in a variety of other subjects. It's just like when I build a tiny house as a teenager (it was more of a shed with a folding bunk). I didn't do it for convenience or money, because it was difficult and expensive. But that tiny house taught me a lot about building structures, which is something I can do in the future whether it be renovating an old house or building a garage.