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Hello everyone,

I’m from Vancouver, BC Canada. Pleasure to meet you all! I just bought a 1981 Honda cm400t, it was a project bike for the past two previous owners. Which means that it has got some work that needs to be done on it. I found hondatwins while I was searching for resources to learn from. I just picked up the bike two days ago, the seller told me it had an ignition problem, and he tried to diagnose it, but couldn’t. I wasn’t expecting he bike to be so disassembled when I was looking at it, but he gave me a price I couldn’t pass up. So it looks like I have got a lot of work that needs done on it. I’ve always been a tinkering person so this should be fun! I hope I can learn some things from you guys, and hopefully get this old girl running again!

Some photos of the bike can be found here:

https://imgur.com/gallery/gHuSTry

As you can see, quite a bit of work still needs to go into it. I’m really excited to start learning and experimenting, but am having a little bit of anxiety when I think about the electrical. There’s a problem with the ignition apparently. But I wouldn’t know because the electrical was dismantled when I bought it.

Does anyone have any idea on where I would go for new hardware including springs? Just eBay I suppose?

Anywho, I’m sure I’ll be making posts and bugging you guys lots in the coming months haha. Can’t wait to get this girl PURRING on the road!
 

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Hello from Sudbury Ontario. Welcome aboard. Nice friendly knowledgeable people here, don't be shy to ask question. I bought some parts from 4into1, eBay and Fornine.

https://fortnine.ca/en/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyfOS_Kek4wIVf__jBx2TXgr6EAAYASAAEgK5J_D_BwE

You will need a FSM, PM sent. Here is also something to get you going:

https://www.hondatwins.net/forums/53-miscellaneous-discussion/18505-basic-checklist-new-you-old-bike.html#/topics/18505?page=1

Have fun and enjoy every minute of the build. There is nothing like riding a bike you rebuild yourself.
 

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A good OHM meter is a must if you dont have one. The fsm will tell you what to check and after you get the numbers the members can help you wth what needs to be replaced. Sparck Moto can help with the elec bits.

Bill
 

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Thanks for the helpful tips Bill ! Greatly Appreciated. I just picked up a multimeter!

I tested the battery and it’s reading 12.48V, solenoid gives almost 0 resistance. Took out the starter motor and hooked up some jumpers to the battery and the ground and touched positive to positive contact point and the starter didn’t budge. Looked dead! I’ll post a video of my test.
 
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