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My new handlebars are way shorter then the cruiser bars it came with so my stock switch and lever set up wont fit.

I need some ideas for slimming it down. stock bars came with turn signals, horn, starter, kill switch and brights switch. I Dont need all of them on there though, the brights and start buttons (is it safe to move the kill switch?) i want to move to under the seat if i can find something that works.

the motorcycle salvage yard by me is pretty well stocked but you need to know what your looking for.

(its a 1979 Honda CB650)
 

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when looking for controls... check out atvs as well as bikes. you may find what ya need there. there really is no wrong answer... as long as you can make your own cables and basic wiring.

or get another pair of bars


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any suggestions on something either vintage or vintage looking? something i can type into e-bay (ive been using various general terms but i cant find much, i get better returns for specific models) or write down to take to the salvage yard?

ill be doing my own wiring and letting the shop take care of the cables.
 

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Arghh Capn,
I would try to keep all of your switch functions on the handlebars. They are there for a reason. Looking back into the deep dark recesses of my memory(there is a scarey thought for you), I seem to rcall that the CB650 uses these big squarish sort of switch assemblies? I would look for the switches off of a CB750k0 -k6. (Geeto help me out here) I seem to recall that they are much smaller and have more rounded edges. The good news is that Hondas wiring color coding didn't really change that much over the years. If they are not a straight plug in operation, the wires should match up pretty well.
Give it a try,
Ken

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Arghh Capn,
I would try to keep all of your switch functions on the handlebars. They are there for a reason. Looking back into the deep dark recesses of my memory(there is a scarey thought for you), I seem to rcall that the CB650 uses these big squarish sort of switch assemblies? I would look for the switches off of a CB750k0 -k6. (Geeto help me out here) I seem to recall that they are much smaller and have more rounded edges. The good news is that Hondas wiring color coding didn't really change that much over the years. If they are not a straight plug in operation, the wires should match up pretty well.
Give it a try,
Ken

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The cb650 should use the same switches as the 1979-1982 cb750F,900F,1100F. Big blocky and they use a locating pin in the bars instead of pinch fit. The cb750 K0-K6 will work and are smaller but they add a switch to shut off the headlight which means one more set of wires, however the 1976-1978 cb750 K and F switches won't have the headlight switch and will be the same size. YOu can only really get rid of the right bar switch unless you go to a stand alone throttle. However if you want a really vintage look try some brit bike switches like what BCS sells. If you want a really clean switch that gets rid of the starter but keeps the kill switch and throttle, the cj360T right switch is as bare bones as they come while still looking factory honda (and it is the smaller style switches too).
 

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do you have a link to BCS? i would rather have a "what the hell is it" thing going then a "honda" thing.
http://www.britishcyclesupply.com/

you have to look around a bit for the switches but they are on here - click on alphabetical listing and then look under switches (the large gray boxes are not headings they are just highlighted areas).


Edited by - Geeto67 on Jul 20 2006 08:08:02 AM
 
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