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1  General Category / Photo Gallery / Re: A Pacific Coast ride, CB-1 style on: February 16, 2018, 09:13:21 PM
Wonderful report with spectacular photos!  Thanks very much!  I'm crying right now since we're expecting snow by Sunday with temps in the 20's.

I wish I had been with you on your ride, with either my CB-1 or my GB500 (now 601cc).  Beautiful roads perfect for light, nimble bikes.  I think I'd leave my MV Agusta F4 at home!

Eric
2  General Category / Photo Gallery / Re: CB-1 Mk2 Project on: February 12, 2018, 01:28:51 PM
I'd be really concerned about the end of the crank being bent with that kind of damage to the case and alternator rotor.  I have a spare, low mileage engine I bought along with my CB1 and it also had been down with damage to the alternator cover case.  The damage isn't as bad as yours but it was enough to bend the end of the crank.  Definitely something to check.

Eric
3  General Category / Photo Gallery / Re: Some Napa Valley wine country shots on: January 24, 2018, 03:06:27 PM
Bastard!  It's cold, windy and raining up here in the PNW and I haven't been on 2 wheels for months now!

Eric
4  General Category / General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Tail bag on: January 04, 2018, 12:27:08 AM
That bag looks really good on the CB-1.  My only concern is that I found the thickness of the OEM paint is very thin and I'd ensure there is sufficient padding to prevent chafing from the straps/bag on the paint.  Otherwise, a very clean setup, assuming you're flexible enough to swing your leg over the bag!
5  Classifieds / Wanted / Re: CB-1 WANTED PREFERABLY near WASHINGTON/OREGON Area on: December 30, 2017, 03:41:21 AM
OK, that makes more sense now.  You can probably find a runner within your budget but it might take a while.
6  Classifieds / Wanted / Re: CB-1 WANTED PREFERABLY near WASHINGTON/OREGON Area on: December 29, 2017, 11:39:39 PM
I hate to say it, but at that price you're likely to get a real piece of crap.  Highly likely it will have been down at least once as well.  Keep in mind that lots of parts are hard to come by these days.  You'd be much better off to raise your price to at least $1500-2000 and hope for the best.
7  General Category / General Motorcycle Discussion / Seeking Opinions on Wheel Color (Spare set) on: December 29, 2017, 01:10:53 AM
As the title says, my CB-1 came with a spare set of wheels in excellent condition.  I was thinking of spraying them a different color but have no set opinion on what color to use.  I've been thinking of a lighter shade of silver but would appreciate other ideas.  Photos would be great as well.

Thanks

Eric
8  General Category / General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Tail bag on: December 29, 2017, 01:04:54 AM
I chose the Hepco-Becker rack and expandable tail bag so the seat is still usable for a passenger.  Also, I always carry stuff since I tend to ride all day in the mountains and need to carry lots of things.  It's not as clean as the bag you found but is pretty versatile.

35878580 by Eric Freeman, on Flickr
9  General Category / Tech Corner / Re: Why the countershaft speedo drive? on: December 17, 2017, 04:44:27 PM
I agree that the engine-driven speedo seems strange considering front wheel drive speedos have worked so well for so many years and are independent of sprocket changes.  Plus, the CB1 drive is prone to problems.  I had a seized drive unit that sheared the plastic coupler when it jammed.  I was able to drill some small holes in the non-repairable drive unit, inject some oil and get the gears to move freely after some working back and forth.  I then cleaned the chamber using syringes and injected grease in there.  So far, it's been working fine.  Sure don't have that problem on any of my other bikes with front wheel speedos though!

I'm running a rear sprocket that's 3 or 4 teeth smaller for slightly less revs at highway speeds and also a 150/60 rear tire that combined give a reasonably accurate speedometer reading.

Eric
10  General Category / General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: New member here, introduction on: December 17, 2017, 04:31:40 PM
Thanks for the welcome guys. Eric, weren't you on the old hondagb500.com forum? And yes, I do enjoy switching among a variety of bikes, and the CB-1 will add a new flavor.

Yes, I was on the now defunct GB500 forum.  Enjoyed my time there and miss the website.

Eric
11  General Category / General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: New member here, introduction on: December 14, 2017, 09:06:01 PM
Welcome!  Glad to see another guy with a GB500 as I also have one, along with some other bikes.  It's a lot of fun to switch from the CB1 to the GB on the same day to see how different they are, and yet still so much fun to ride.

Eric
12  General Category / General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: A Little Bling for the CB-1 on: October 04, 2017, 11:44:05 PM
A while back I had a battery issue and decided I wanted to be able to monitor the charging system.  I bought an LED indicator from a fellow in England that changes color as the voltage changes.  Green for normal range, red for low, yellow for slightly low and flashing red for high overcharge.  I made an aluminum shroud for the light so it can be more easily read in sunshine.

Eric
13  General Category / General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: A Little Bling for the CB-1 on: October 01, 2017, 08:13:19 PM
I have no doubt the Chinese parts won't hold up like OEM would, but then my CB-1 lives indoors and never gets ridden in the rain.  Pretty easy life!  Plus, only $40 so not a big deal if/when the chrome begins to peel off. 

Eric
14  General Category / General Motorcycle Discussion / A Little Bling for the CB-1 on: October 01, 2017, 06:57:10 PM
I recently did a few simple, reversible mods to my CB-1 to give it a little shine.  I added a headlight and bucket from a 1989 Honda GB500 (of which I own one) and fitted an inexpensive set of chrome gauge mounts.  Gives the old girl a little more bling and changes the look a bit.  All easily reversible but for now I think I like it.  The gauge covers were off Ebay from China for only $39 including shipping!  The quality is not bad for the price and the install was very easy since you can still use the OEM gauge mounting block instead of having to switch everything over to the new part.  The cover plate over the warning lights is a bit cheesy and I might wind up painting it satin black.  Took less than an hour to do the chrome gauges and a couple of hours to switch headlights since there's so much wiring involved.  

Eric

35878591 by Eric Freeman, on Flickr

35878593 by Eric Freeman, on Flickr
15  Classifieds / Wanted / Re: Wanted: Stock side stand on: October 01, 2017, 01:35:15 PM
Why not have the bent stand straightened?  Should be pretty easy considering it's just steel and can be heated and re-shaped.

Eric
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