Hi. I stumbled upon this site while surfin' the caferacers.net site. I've been on a couple CB450 sites throughout the years. I've seen a couple of you guys on those other sites as well. No shortage of old Honda sites it seems. LOL.
I've been slowly working on a couple of bikes. I work a little bit on 'em, get distracted by something else, and then come back to them later.
The first one I have is a 1975 Honda CB500T. Picked it up from a buddy for under $400. It needed some work. It came with a yellow tank and side covers. Looked like it had been dropped some time back. I'm sure it would have just run fine if I just cleaned the carbs and changed the oil but instead I decided to hack it apart the first day in the garage. I had the cafe racer bug and needed to just get something out of my system. It was good therapy. I still have the bike but now it's about 4 or 5 years later (I lost count). I still want to finish it and probably will unless someone shows up at my house with a bag full of cash.
The second one I had was a 1986 Yamaha SRX-600 that I got from another buddy for under $2K. I thought it would be an easy fix since it had a couple of bugs but, it ended up being more of a problem than I wanted to deal with. I eventually sold it to a good home where it's already been brought back to life.
The third one I have is a 1979 Honda CT90. I got this one from my step father for free! Gotta luv free stuff. He gave it to me because he knows I'm interested in bikes and he wasn't doing anything with it. I quickly got it running and flew around the block a couple of times. Now, in it's current state, it's mid-refurbishing. I've had quite a few parts powder coated last fall and now I'm waiting for the weather to break so I can get the main body out to paint. Once everything is back I'll be throwing it together this summer.
The fourth on I have is a 2003 Buell XB9S. I got this one for under $5K from a friend of a friend's friend. Great bike. This is the one I ride because my projects are nothing but projects. I've thrown some carbon fiber bits and a loud exhaust and HID lamps on the Buell but I don't tinker with it. Everything on the Buell is bolt on.
The fifth one I have is another 1975 Honda CB500T. I found this one for under $1K while looking for a parts bike for my other CB500T cafe project. I can't bring myself to cut into this one though because it's all original and just needs a little work to be a full runner. So far just the starter switch has busted and the tires are shot. So a couple of parts and some elbow grease and this one will be up and running shortly.
So, that's all I've got as of now. It's already too much for the wife. She'd be fine with it if the bikes actually ran. I don't think she understands the process of project bikes but she appreciates the outcome. I'll be lurking around asking questions and posting stuff up from time to time.
I'll get around to posting up pics when I get some more time. Is there a gallery on this site? Maybe I'll just post links to my Picasa site. I dunno.
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