CM400t build/new member intro
Okay, first off: I'm a college student. I don't have a ton of money, so progress may be rather slow at times.
Secondly, and likely more importantly, I realize that the CM series of bikes garners absolutely no love from the masses. I know the forks are soft, they aren't fast, they can look pretty awkward, and aren't worth anything, among all their other problems. If you have suggestions on how to go about fixing these shortcomings on a budget, please let me know.
I picked up this pair of bikes on craigslist for $600. Call it a bad deal or a good one, but I've been happy with the purchase. Both cm's were runners, although the custom is missing gauges and lights and the like now. It also doesn't have a title, so it's basically a parts bike, and will either be parted later on, or the carbs will be reinstalled and sold as a runner in need of TLC. By now you are probably getting bored of reading, so here are some pics of right after getting them home:
I have a fair amount of experience with cars, and so far the bikes don't seem too complicated. The black bike is the titled runner.
The (rough) plan:
swap exhausts (done)
weld holes in exhaust (done)
get it running like new (done)
replace the hideous bars (looking for suggestions; leaning towards superbike-style bars)
modify seat padding for better position
lower-profile rear lights (suggestions?)
custom rearsets, because I'm tall
lighten the bike, where possible
more power (carb jetting, velocity stacks, exhaust, the like. I don't expect much)
So far I've given the bike a pretty good onceover. New oil and filter, reclocked and tensioned the balance shafts, rebuilt the tach (still working on the original speedo-has a fractured bushing) valve adjustment, retorque head bolts, new plugs and filter, new battery, tension cam chain, tension drive chain, reinstall factory exhaust, weld stock seat brackets back on and install factory seat, and cleaned the carbs.
The bike is mostly just for transportation, but I need to it be twisty-road-worthy. It only has 9k miles on it, and the inside of the engine looks basically new. It runs wonderfully and doesn't make any odd noises. The power isn't stunning, but that's what I expected.
So any recommendations? Eventually I'll probably end up selling it and getting something with more power, but it fits my needs pretty well right now and it is really easy to work on. If I can get it to handle the way I want, then I'll probably keep it a few years.
More recent pics to come; gotta get them hosted.