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1  General Category / Photo Gallery / Re: OEM tool kit on: May 02, 2019, 11:52:31 AM
Hi Richard, I agree that having the original tool kit is a plus. It says something about the previous owner(s) intent to keep the bike complete. My bike came with a partial OEM kit which I filled in with replacements from Partzilla. The kit tools are mediocre but will do in a pinch!

-Bill
2  General Category / Tech Corner / Re: Fire during warm up 2 on: April 20, 2019, 11:43:27 PM
Hi Bill,

Sorry for the delayed reply. I don't come on here much.

I picked up a complete fuel line kit and and shield (plus some fender stuff I didn't need (sold as set) from Japan. Posted about it on the facebook CB-1 group: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157350112460854&set=pcb.2372623069465851&type=3&theater&ifg=1

The function of the shields? I don' t know to be honest. Maybe heat, fire or dirt deflectors. I never found the smaller on in the parts fiche. Your bike doesn't have them?

Also got points from eBay https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157350291165854&set=pcb.2372734732788018&type=3&theater&ifg=1

I had the same thoughts how could the points start a fire? I never detected or since smelled fumes.

I've been too busy to do the repair. Further, I'm thinking a new pump might be wise. I'll try to make time to diagnose this weekend.

-Rick



Hi Rick, no my bikes does not have the shields. I guess I'm happy not to know what I'm missing! Can't be very important.
3  General Category / Photo Gallery / Two blue 400Fs... on: March 13, 2019, 12:39:55 PM
...had a fun ride yesterday.



-Bill
4  General Category / Tech Corner / Re: Fire during warm up 2 on: March 09, 2019, 08:12:45 PM
Hi Rick, your horror story prompted me to order and install the fuel pump replacement contacts from David Silver Spares, just to make sure mine weren't going bad. At 14,800 miles my originals looked just fine and ran with just the faintest arc with the pump powered up on the bench. I installed the new set anyway. But I'm puzzled how they can get hot enough to start a fire. The fuel pump relay power is protected by a 10A fuse, it seems like the fuse would blow if there was excessive current flowing through the pump contacts. And there is really nothing flammable inside the contacts cover that would ignite easily from sub-fuse blowing current. Or could it be that the normal minimal points arcing could ignite gas fumes that might be present in the points area due to the 30 year old pump diaphragm seeping some fumes? But this theory seems sketchy because the contacts are under a rubber cap the limits oxygen for burning. Anyone have an idea how these fuel pump fires are happening?

Also Rick I didn't even know about the two plastic shields you are replacing. What function do they serve? Thanks,

-Bill
5  General Category / Tech Corner / Re: Lower Exhaust mount bracket on: October 31, 2018, 09:57:44 AM
Hi there,

I'm in the process of cleaning up my frame before paint and found a broken bracket which i believe is for the lower exhaust mount. Can't seem to find any good pictures of what it should look like in my manuals. Do any of you guys have a picture of this area? Just below the center stand?

Thanks

https://imgur.com/0MofRQf

https://imgur.com/jiFGKdd

Definitely broken, here's what it should look like - steel tubing holding a rubber bushing for the mounting bolt:



-Bill
6  General Category / General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: CB-1 new owner impressions on: October 08, 2018, 11:24:55 PM
Forgot to add, with my 16/37 sprockets the speedo is about 7 mph slow but in sixth gear the tach numbers match mph almost exactly according to GPS, i.e. 6K rpm = 61 mph. So I just watch the tach as long as I am in 6th gear.

-Bill
7  General Category / Tech Corner / Adjustable brake lever to fit the CB-1? on: October 08, 2018, 08:41:46 PM
Anyone have a recommendation on an adjustable front brake lever for the CB-1? Looking on Partzilla I see the OEM lever is the same for the '97 VT1100 Magna and some others. I also see that the current CB500F comes equipped with an adjustable lever but do not know if it fits our bike. Thanks for any info....

-Bill
8  General Category / General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: CB-1 new owner impressions on: October 08, 2018, 08:29:15 PM
Welcome emiller 412, I also agree with your impressions, these are amazing bikes! I am light - 150# w/gear - and like you found the gearing way too low. I went up to a 16T C-S sprocket and down to a 37T rear and like it much better. I can still motor through 30 mph zones without needing to downshift, and the transmission is still close ratio and acceleration is still downright frightening at high revs. We like pictures, post some when you can!

-Bill
9  General Category / General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Just scored my "Dream" bike! on: September 01, 2018, 11:05:18 PM
Nice. The Honda dealer in my town had one of those displayed in the window when they first came out. Is yours an 8-speed like the originals?

The CB50V like mine was 5 speed, while the race version CB50R was 6 speed.

-Bill
10  General Category / General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Just scored my "Dream" bike! on: August 30, 2018, 09:17:44 PM
Way to go, Bill! Jelly as usual! She's a beaut. What's top speed on the rascal and when are you going to post some videos?

Hey Rick wait a minute - you are jealous of my Dream 50? You with an RVF400 and NSR250 plus a CB-1?  Grin

Right now the bike runs out of revs around 60mph @ 12.5K rpm. The little engine is pretty much gasping for breath above 11.5K rpm, so I've ordered a bigger CS sprocket. With that it should be good for ~65+. We'll see.

Got the engine out right now doing some case repainting and plating, so no video for a bit.

-Bill
11  General Category / General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Just scored my "Dream" bike! on: August 29, 2018, 09:02:12 PM
Redline is 13.5K same as the CB-1, and it will happily go there but it's pretty much gasping for breath after 11K. The "R" version has hotter cams and a higher power peak. But wow is this little rascal fun on a twisty road!! It's like it is steering me into corners instead of the other way around! Good times.

-Bill
12  General Category / General Motorcycle Discussion / Just scored my "Dream" bike! on: August 29, 2018, 07:58:32 PM
A bit off topic here but I can't resist showing off the newest addition to my collection, a Japanese domestic market Honda Dream 50V, street legal version of the Dream 50R imported into the US in 2004. Honda made it as a tribute to the early 1960s CR110 50cc race bikes. This one has an 89cc big bore kit and is as fun to ride as it is pleasing to the eye.







Combination gear and chain driven DOHC 4 valve high revving single!



-Bill
13  Classifieds / Wanted / Re: Center stand on: August 22, 2018, 09:46:44 AM
Thank you for the "link".

How does one proceed?

Appears the current price is reasonable--but worry about shipping sending the cost through the roof.

Can you cast any light on my concerns?

Thank you

I'm curious too. I've never bought any parts through yahoo Japan auctions, but here is a link to a company that will buy the item and ship it for you:

https://jessestreeter.com/yahoo-auctions-buying-service/

Has anyone here used a service like this?

-Bill
14  General Category / General Motorcycle Discussion / Very nice low miles bike on ebay on: August 11, 2018, 04:21:22 PM
THis one looks very nice:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1989-Honda-CB-1/163191758863?hash=item25fefca00f:g:lMMAAOSwoAVbag5Y&vxp=mtr

-Bill
15  General Category / Photo Gallery / Re: CB1 on Mt. Baker on: July 29, 2018, 08:36:19 PM
Very nice Eric, beautiful scenery! Here in California we are enduring day after day of 100+ degree heat so my riding is on hold.

-Bill
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