Enough talk about looks.
I'm 5'11", 160lbs, and 20 yrs old, so I think my back can handle it at least for a few more years And yes I did ride it with stock bars, and I prefer the clubmans. I may take a look at some super bike bars though, but sometimes appearances are everythinglacking a proper bio from you, I would assume you are a bigger sized fella due to your forum name. If so, why would you want to screw up a decent riding position for one that folds you up like a paper clip? Those clubmans have got to go! Did you even ride the thing with the stockers? A good compromise would be superbike bars. Dont ruin your back for the sake of appearance.
I appreciate the insight. I'm still not exactly sure which direction to take it in, but I'm wanting to find a middle ground (which means no frame chopping, but part exchanges on things like the seat, wheels/tires, and maybe the exhaust. Never was a big fan of the stock exhaust, but I do hear you out on how to increase the value). Right now I'm going to focus on disassembling it to restore and clean up the frame and engine components.I recall I paid something like 1400 dollars for the bike - I'm not sure if we got a discount because 3 bikes were purchased at the same time or if that was the sticker price. At the same time, I could have purchased a 750 triumph hurricane for the same dollars. If you can recall, the hurricane had the vetter body with three exhaust pipes sweeping up the right side of the bike. As much as I like the Honda - the triumph would have been worth mega bucks today if I still owned it and it was in decent shape.
If your thinking about re-painting with the original paint colors, check the web site ▀▄▀▄ VMR Paints ® ▄▀▄▀ - Vintage Honda Motorcycle Paint. They carry paint kits that are as close as you can get for the vintage hondas colors. You could purchase the paint and have a shop do the painting for you.
If you really wanted to end up with something of value, I would have the bike repainted and get a set of the original exhaust for this bike. Like above your could add a set of superbars to the bike which would work well with the current peg setup. I would say you could triple or more the value of the bike if it was restored to original condition. There is a fine line when choosing a bike to customize - or restore. Usually first year bikes are better restored than customizing. There are several sets of exhaust on ebay that could be had for 500 or under.
It actually only takes a a few months of bad posture riding to cause permanent damage. Sometimes looks aren't worth the back, wrist, shoulder, and neck problems you WILL develop. Super bike or euro bars will look great on there.I'm 5'11", 160lbs, and 20 yrs old, so I think my back can handle it at least for a few more years And yes I did ride it with stock bars, and I prefer the clubmans. I may take a look at some super bike bars though, but sometimes appearances are everything