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Hello All,

I have been looking at the forum for a little while now and have finally gotten around to introducing myself. I have a couple of other projects that are almost complete so the 1975 CB200 in my garage is about to come to the forefront and lots of work on it will be underway soon. The PO (who is a friend of mine) let another friend take the bike apart when it quit running one day and it sat in his garage until he decided to part with it for 50 bucks. I have a few questions about the 200 that I hope someone can help me with.

1. Does anyone make a complete engine gasket set for this bike or do I have to buy them seperatly? I was looking on BikeBandit.com and it seems I would have to order them separately

2. Are the SS hex head bolts sold on ebay worth the time and effort or should I buy from a more reputable source?

3. Is Buchanan the best place to buy new SS spokes for this bike?

4. Are their any weak/trouble spots with the 200 that I should address while its in pieces before I start re-assembly?

Thanks in advance for any and all advice.

Ride safe,

Clint
 

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Clint.... Bill2 recently did a beautiful job on a 200 so follow his advice..... I'm a 175 "freak" so I can help somewhat...( There are a lot of similarities )....
The FIRST thing I would find out is "What was wrong with it that got it disassembled in the first place?"........ Clean and inspect every part, once you find the original problem we can go from there.....

1....Watch on eBay for a gasket set (look in the "vintage" stores)

2.... I get mine locally, Bill2 has a good supplier, You'll get what you pay for (a complete set of stainless for the bike is more like $90).....

3.... Yes

4.... Check the camshaft and it's journals, the valves, pistons and rings, etc (Find the original problem)

Good luck!...They are neat little bikes!.... Steve
 

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Thanks for the advice 66sprint. As far as the original problem, I am not too concerned right now because, along with this bike he gave me a Honda Spree scooter that had been sitting in his garage that he couldn't get running without spraying starting fluid into the airbox. I took off the carb (which was held on with zipties because threads were stripped) cleaned it, put helicoils in it with new bolts, adjusted it properly according to the manual and she starts on the first kick and runs like a scalded dog now! My friend is a great guy but just not mechanically inclined. Thanks for answering my questions. I will post pics of the bike and progress soon.

Clint
 

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clintinga said:
Hello All,

1. Does anyone make a complete engine gasket set for this bike or do I have to buy them seperatly? I was looking on BikeBandit.com and it seems I would have to order them separately

2. Are the SS hex head bolts sold on ebay worth the time and effort or should I buy from a more reputable source?

3. Is Buchanan the best place to buy new SS spokes for this bike?

4. Are their any weak/trouble spots with the 200 that I should address while its in pieces before I start re-assembly?
Clint
First you'll need the Honda manual -

http://home.comcast.net/~tbpmusic3/HondaCB_CL200.pdf

To answer your questions -

1) Get a gasket kit off EBay. Then get a seal kit, try Sirius, also on EBay.

2) It depends on what you want - if you're a "just get it runnin' " guy, SS hardware is an unnecessary expense.
I went to Bolt Depot and ordered stuff - cost me about $90 to replace every nut/bolt/screw/washer on the bike. Engine only would probably been about $30-$40 - some of the engine mount bolts and big stuff got pricey.
You can do better than that if you have a local supplier.
I just went to the fiche and made a list. It wasn't "cheap", but the results were worth it for me.
You'll have to deside what style you want - regular "Franken-bike" allens, button style, whatever....




3) Buchanans is about the only place you can get a good set of spokes.
If you've never laced/trued a motorcycle wheel before, I would definitely recommend you have a pro do it.

4) No real weak or problem areas.
The bike is very similar to a 175, they even share a lot of parts. Your standard 360-degree Honda Twin.

Throttle cable routing is critical, as well as starter cable routing (it's not a fraction of a mm longer then it needs to be).
Carbs are a pain to put on, there's an o-ring in the manifold that can deform.

Go to the "Evaluating Old Honda..." thread here and read it - whether you're a newbie or not you should read it...... http://www.hondatwins.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=925





http://home.comcast.net/~tbpmusic/1df78580.jpg
 

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Thanks for the help Bill and that is one nice looking 200! And thank you so much for the link to the manual! I am going for the "STUNNING 200" look that I saw a thread for on this forum. I love the seat on that bike! I am certainly going to let a pro lace and true the wheels, I just hope they don't charge me extra for watching and trying to learn something. Well, I will get some pictures taken and up soon.

Thanks,

Clint
 
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