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Well 2 years after the bike I built came back to me I dragged the cover off it and took a look at it. The bike is for sale but with no takers I figured maybe it would be more sellable if i could get it running. The PO had dropped the bike and broken the petcock and the fuel filter on the drivers side, taken all the fuel lines of and lost interest. Seeing as the only replacement petcock i could find had only one outlet, re plumbing would have been needed anyway.

Thankfully when the bike came back i drained the tank and carbs; they were fairly clean over all. An hour of messing about with fuel line and they were reconnected. Put the tank on and a gallon of gas in and the right carb looked ok but the right was leaking like a stream of pee. Of course its the one behind those scrambler pipes i had to have. Still it came off easy and the problem was easy. A piece of crud had lodged behind the float. Carb cleaned it out and she holds level.

Having solved the fuel issue i intend to move on to spark as soon as i can afford a new battery.

The main issue that caused me to park it remains: the shifter doesnt return to center. This makes shifting difficult. Somewhere in the macine is a spring that is sprung, and i assume its going to be a drag to get too.
 

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The spring is just behind the clutch cover. Drain the oil, undo the kickstart and right footrest and A few JIS head screws and you can get at the gearshift mechanism. It's worth draining the oil anyway if the bike had stood. Then you know where you stand.
 

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Its for sale here, picture in the add. Its a 450 motor with CL pipes on 500 frame. Its a great little bike. I wi ll throw some pics on here when i am back at my computer.
 

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Oh and thanks Gixxer I am going to do that but past experience tells me that the screws will all have to be pounded out and replaced and the gasket too. So i am waiting on that t ill after it fires up. But +1 on the oil no telling what shape its in.
 

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So I couldnt help myself I bought a battery and it started right up. It needs a tune up for sure but its alive!
 

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So the saga continues.

After the battery went in I spent some time on the motor. The valves were all set at .003 and seemed happy there. I know thats a long way from .0012 but thats what the mechanic who helped me put it together said to keep it at to prevent burnt valves. After that I had to wait for points to arrive with the plugs. getting the new plugs in was pretty straight forward but the points took an afternoon of messing with to get them set and reset the timing. It still has the same issue though- it will run acceptably well when it starts on choke but then dies out once warm but wont run with the chokes off. The Mikunis are set with the throttles balanced and the idle screws set 1.5 turns out. I was just about to get to the carbs and the battery died from all the starting/ fussing with the timing and fixing lights. So just when I was on the edge of getting it running I had to stop and let the battery charge! :(
 

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Honda CL450 by Lossa Engineering | Bike EXIF Well here I am again. Having just filled out a complaint on a scammer because he went from seeing like a nice interested out of town buyer to "here let me send you $1500 for shipping" (shipping costs to his town from mine: 700$) in about zero point two seconds. I am done trying to sell a project bike I might have to just do something with it. originally this was my beater town bike but all my other bikes are gone in a series of tales of woe, so here I am with the bike that will not leave. I am thinking of fixing all the things that drove me nuts about it.... and cleaning it up a little- like painting the motor, fixing the ratty main wiring harness and the beat up junction box cover along with fixing the shifting and getting the carbs dialed in right. starting to look at CL450 scrambler builds as a starting point. I like this one linked above. e also has figured out how to install mikunis and have a side cover.. my question is how do you cut plastic side covers (see the photos in the link)?
 

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I've seen that bike in your link. Some nice work on it, but not a style I'd subscribe to... particularly the taillight - great for when you pulled over by a cop, just genius. Mikunis can be dialed in but it's a process of trial and error. As for cutting sidecovers... I suppose gently on a bandsaw would work, but you'd have to be careful.
 

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Way too much gold for my taste on that bike as I don't really like gold much as a colour anyhow.
And I agree with Tom on the taillight.
 

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All the old Honda side covers I have had were as brittle as glass. I am thinking of leaving the covers off and rerouting the mikunis through stock airbokes

I wouldn't do the tail light either. I like the on I already have

Yeah going back to the stock airboxes might be your best bet I think.
 

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I have the first one. But yeah the second one has all the little parts that add up. I would just need to figure out the right way to connect the 57MM OD mikunis to the smaller opening. I am sure someone makes the reducer. Granger has a lot of weird stuff like that.

Is it just me or is 45$ for shipping a little much
 
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