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Work log for my 1975 Honda CB360 Cafe Racer

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    Work log for my 1975 Honda CB360 Cafe Racer

    You'll have to bear with me. I'm way into motorcycles (started riding when I was 18 and i'm now 22), I'm pretty mechanically inclined but never taken on a huge project like this.

    I got this project bike under the assumption it was in good condition and it has been anything but that. The bike when I got it off the trailer ended up being a complete mess.

    First thing was first, I had to assess the situation which was: Mess.

    Here's what I've started with.

    cleaned up.

    Here is what I started with:











    I ordered some parts (cables and some parts for the bike) to see what was up with it. The bike would kick over but not start. Realized it needed some serious tuning, the tank is rusted but it was getting gas.

    I figured it wasn't worth getting in a fuss over. I'd just start tearing it down to the bare bones and make it easier on myself to work on it as it would be more exposed.

    I first started by removing the front fender, the turn signals, the tank, disconnecting the lines and "breaking into the seat" (yes, I had to because it didn't come with a key).

    Here's my first pile of crap I pulled off the bike.



    At first I figured I'd leave the rear fender but thought "Naw, I'll figure something else out."

    I also thought at first I'd reshape the stock seat. Here's my "breaking into it" job.






    Figured once again "Naw... I'll figure something else out." and am in the process of taking measurements to get something fabricated and going.

    Stripped more off, centerstand and toolbox.



    Someone on here by the name of Dan emailed me regarding my project with some engine parts. Pistons, cylinders, cam and springs. Great guy, very knowledgeable about bikes, used to flat track race and a great guy to talk to:







    Here's the brackets that hold on the headers, rusted and nasty. Going to sandblast them sometime this week and repaint them with 500F Paint:



    Nasty ass headers before:



    Nasty ass headers after lots of elbowgrease:


    Tonight's pile of crap I pulled off the bike:



    And the bike after I got done with it:



    Not too bad for a few nights after I got off work. It seems to be coming along nicely. I've never worked on one of these bikes before so I'm trying to take it slowly trying to figure the bike out as I take it apart. The bike is so simple though! I really wish the rest of my bikes came apart and went back together this easy! For god's sake if my ninja 250 and ducati ss were this easy I'd work on them all the time and wouldn't be so reluctant to do new projects. Such a simple bike, so fun to work on. I'm looking forward to finishing this project.


    Corse Per Vita,
    -Derek

    Edited by - koihoshi on Jan 15 2008 01:30:42 AM

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    Welcome to the fun filled world, that is exactly how I started with my CB750, I'm hoping to have my bike done soon too, I don't have much more to go really

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    why did you remove the centerstand?

    tex

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    quote:
    why did you remove the centerstand?

    tex

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    i agree. especially for road bike.

    essential maintenance aid as far as i'm concerned.

    "Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion." -Edward Abbey

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    quote:
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    why did you remove the centerstand?

    tex

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    i agree. especially for road bike.

    essential maintenance aid as far as i'm concerned.

    "Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion." -Edward Abbey
    There are [u]some folks</u> who remove the center stand, put it up and temporarily stick in back on for maint. and remove it again afterwards. That way, you don't have to deal with the extra weight or being careful not to drag in while in the curves.

    Later on, Bill <img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>


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    looks like it is coming along nicely. i started riding on a cb360t as my first bike almost 14 years ago. great bike and that one was hard to stop (almost indestructible). rode it mostly in the woods and fields around home and that bike did it all!
    -as far as the work stand, toss it in a box and keep it. my cj exhaust keeps me from using mine. i had a rear stand for my aprilia and it works great for the cl i have.
    -quite a few members on here have 360's and know tons, try a search and you'll find most basic questions answered, and if u can't find an answer then start a thread..... the members on here helped me get mine running w/ almost no cost to me and a few tools!


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    My rule of thumb is that anytime I buy a well used bike I just presume right off the bat that nearly every part of the bike will need attention and repairs/maintenance,even major components if it shows signs of it.

    This is factored into the price I pay for the bike that way I'm not shocked or surprised when I start going over the bike at home and keep finding crap wrong/worn out/broke on it. On something pretty ratty I pay "Parts Bike" price for it. If it just happens to be worth fixing/restoring then goody for me!

    Even bikes that LOOK OK,but needs painted,oxidation fixed etc. don't mean much to me if I have to re-do every thing. What I mean is,I'm not going to pay extra for a bike that someone just did something like say a crappy paint job on that I now need to strip/repaint anyway.

    NEVER ASS-U-ME that a used bike is good to go as is and that the seller is telling you the truth,the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Sometimes you DON"T get what you pay for,but sometimes you get lucky and get more than what you pay for.

    You have to take in the project as a whole and decide "Hmmm,is this PITA worth my time,effort and cash in order to raise it from the dead"? To do projects like these you have to envision somewhat what it is your trying accomplish with it and how it will come out in the end. You have some control on this,but the BIKE will at times let you know "No..you Stupid Dork,it has to be done this way or else your going to make me look like shit!"

    I decided that my $50.00 Hodaka project was worth doing this and I think most on here who have seen it will agree it is well worth it judging by the potential this bike now has.

    Good luck on the project and don't let the original condition you got the bike in get you down or discourage you from doing more projects like this one. Remember that's why they are called "Project Bikes"!


    Hodaka Ace 100 cafe/racer project:
    https://www.caferacer.net/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=5488




    Edited by - coolatula on Jan 16 2008 08:32:07 AM

    Edited by - coolatula on Jan 16 2008 08:35:07 AM

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    This is just my opinion, but I wouldn't completely strip the bike yet. I would leave the essential parts (headers, tank, etc.) on the bike for now, and work on getting it to start. I would also run a compression test.


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    I was successful in getting the bike running constantly today. Had to keep spraying starter fluid into the carbs but got the throttle adjusted and positioned right and got the system working. Works great, choke is fine and cleaned up the carbs a bit. Still have yet to pull them off all the way and clean them out but I'll get a chance.

    Was great to hear it be able to start up and stay started up.

    Corse Per Vita,
    -Derek

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    Looks like a good start. This is a good place to hang out if your working on a 360. I've learned a lot from the other members here, and even got some screaming deals on a few parts. My cl360 is just kind of sitting right now. I was too broke from finishing college, and now I'm working crazy hours so I haven't done much. Keep us posted on your bike. If I can't actually work on my own I can at least see someone working on a 360.


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