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1  Classifieds / Wanted / Re: I need a few parts to restore my 1989 cb1 on: May 17, 2018, 11:48:10 PM
I've fixed a number of broken pin controls on various bikes over the years by drilling a hole in the damaged area and gluing in a small metal pin.  Saves replacing the entire control and is a cheap fix.

Eric
2  Classifieds / Wanted / Re: In the market to buy a CB-1 on: April 30, 2018, 05:09:38 PM
What kind of budget do you have?  Prices can vary a lot depending on condition and it would help to know what ballpark you're thinking of.

Eric
3  General Category / General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Introduction on: March 25, 2018, 03:21:09 PM
Welcome to the CB1 brotherhood!  Hope your bike came with all the parts since they're getting very hard to find.
4  General Category / General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: So, these 400 cc bikes on: March 21, 2018, 09:34:58 PM
I also have a 1989 GB500 (now a 601cc!) and it's a great companion to the CB1.  Essentially the same size and weight, nearly identical riding position but a unique riding experience.  Virtually no vibration due to the balance shaft and amazing torque and power (especially with the upgrades).  When I ride my CB1 it seems like the bike is going much faster than it really is whereas the GB is just the opposite.  It never seems stressed and pulls like a freight train.  I really enjoy both, although my bad knee is making me think these close-coupled bikes might be better off in someone else's stable since it's getting more painful to ride them these days.

Eric

L1000314 by Eric Freeman, on Flickr
5  General Category / Tech Corner / Re: Syncing carbs & adjusting idle mixture on: March 18, 2018, 02:23:51 PM
Very nice writeup and pics that are sure to help lots of CB1 owners who do their own work.  This is on my list of things to do this spring when I take my CB1 out of winter hibernation.  I use a set of calibrated vacuum gauges to set the initial synchronization of the carbs to get them close and then use a 30" water tube manometer for final adjustment.  Very accurate but tricky to use.  I've been using this method for years to synch the twin Weber DCOE's on my '75 VW Scirocco so I'm accustomed to the technique.

Eric
6  General Category / Photo Gallery / Re: Some carb work and a road test on: March 17, 2018, 02:44:48 PM
No, that was the CX 500/650 that had it's two cylinders arranged like a Moto Guzzi.  My 1979 CBX is an inline six cylinder, 1047cc, twin overhead cams, 24 valves and six carbs!  Absolutely smooth as glass and plenty fast as well.

Eric
7  General Category / Photo Gallery / Re: Some carb work and a road test on: March 14, 2018, 11:51:26 PM
Now that you've mastered the CB-1, you need to get a CBX so you can synch all 6 carbs!  Yes, I have one of those...

Eric
8  General Category / General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Home brew front fender extender on: February 26, 2018, 09:42:26 PM
The platypus mod!
9  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
10  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
11  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
12  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!
13  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.
14  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.
15  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
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