My first Honda so I'm a N00b. The PO had purchased this from his father-in-law who apparently dabbled in motorbikes and had installed the CB headers and ugly aftermarket pipes. Was ridden in 07 and 08. When he needed better tires he acquired spares from a 350 and was gifted with the rims, hubs, and the speedo and tach.
I want to learn a bit about Honda twins so this is just a winter project. I don't want to do a full museum resto, nor cafe or bobber it. Just catch it up on maintenance, make it safe and sound, shine the shiny bits, paint the black bits, add 2 period mirrors, then make it purr. I can't wait to test ride it, and the Ozark mountains are full of twistys.
Right now, she's hangin' in the ScoottaaShack like a gutted deer. Frame is properly cleaned, derusted and has round one of Rustoleum primer applied. We have nice weather here this week, so in a few days, I'll have a beautiful shiny black frame sitting on the centerstand. Then everything I've bagged and tagged in the last two weeks will be inspected, cleaned and reinstalled. Motor, carbies, tank and seat get special attention. Full details of this adventure (and other related ramblings) are available on http://rufusswan.wordpress.com/ but I'll happily post regular updates and serious questions here.
The top plate of the fork mount is broken. I guess I can get one from Bike Boneyard, but have no idea what other models/years might fit.
The kickstart lever is missing. Is there a conflict between the CL lever and CB pipes?
The side covers. Are they purely cosmetic? or are they required to provide a dead air space for the air intake port?
Left mirror mount is broken but that is truly minor at this point. All else looks original and unmolested. PO says the 8,700 miles on the clock is accurate so I have hope for this bike.
The tank, must I repaint or can I strip it and polish the raw metal?
Thoughts and suggestions are appreciated.