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Old 01-22-2012, 08:05 AM   #76
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Bassani was a good call, but actually, it's an old Yoshimura exhaust, from about 1981 if I remember correctly. Probably just as rare now. It was 10 years ago that I took that GS1000 down to the frame and did the same thing that this 500 is going through. Here's what it looked like then, still looks much the same.



And, Mrs. Skowinski slowly creeped into the garage, watching, asking questions, and one day about 3 years ago made an announcement. "I want a motorcycle!" she said.
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Old 01-22-2012, 02:06 PM   #77
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Bassani was a good call, but actually, it's an old Yoshimura exhaust, from about 1981 if I remember correctly. Probably just as rare now. It was 10 years ago that I took that GS1000 down to the frame and did the same thing that this 500 is going through. Here's what it looked like then, still looks much the same.



And, Mrs. Skowinski slowly creeped into the garage, watching, asking questions, and one day about 3 years ago made an announcement. "I want a motorcycle!" she said.

I realize that this is a total thread jack but looking at your rather eclectic collection of motorcycles in the background you need to look at my CB-1.5 post in the Fleamarket.

As penance for the treadjack I offer up this picture:



Let me know if you would like that copy of the magazine, it's a mere $3500, and I'll throw that CB-1.5 in for free,
In all seriousness, pm me your address if you would like the magazine or a scan of the article.

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Old 01-22-2012, 05:35 PM   #78
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Hey Kai Ju, I saw that CB1.5, and the naked superhawk a while back. Very cool builds. But, another bike in my garage? No no no no... I already spend more time working on these things than riding them it seems.
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:44 PM   #79
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Hey Kai Ju, I saw that CB1.5, and the naked superhawk a while back. Very cool builds. But, another bike in my garage? No no no no... I already spend more time working on these things than riding them it seems.
Yeah but mine is ready to ride..........
But it's obvious you enjoy the therapy of working on your own stuff at least as much as I do, can't blame a guy for trying...
I was serious about the magazine, I picked it up at the local swapmeet for a buck. If you want the paper version or a scan, let me know and I'll get it to you.
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Old 01-22-2012, 10:24 PM   #80
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Sweet Vega, too! I had a '72 & miss it quite a bit (the V8 probably had something to do with that.)
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Old 01-23-2012, 07:07 AM   #81
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That's yours in the video? Nice! I didn't think I liked the green color, but the more I look at it the better it looks.
Yes that's mine. The green just screams 1970. Photos don't really capture it. Candy jet green.
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Old 01-29-2012, 03:46 PM   #82
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Great thread

Just bought a 1981 CB750 Custom that has been sitting in storage since 1983. 2600 miles.
Thanks!!
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:05 AM   #83
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Wizard - that sounds like a real find, put away while still virtually new! Edit: I grew up just south of Atlanta...

This CB500 project has taken a bit of a turn. A good riding buddy in town just picked up this 73 model, and will be tearing it down soon. Looks like we will have two early 70's Honda CB500's around here!

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Old 02-27-2012, 07:19 PM   #84
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Looks to be in decent shape.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:16 PM   #85
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Exhaust

I have a pipe for your bike I'm pretty sure, do you need one
From Honda CB450

I know this bike is a 71 CB450. But the pipe I have is for a 500. I'll take a pic if your in need of a nice shiny top one for the brake side of the bike.

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Old 02-28-2012, 03:36 PM   #86
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Text Pics of Exhaust

Give me a number and I'll text you some pics of the exhaust. Message me.
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:26 PM   #87
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Just picked up a used exhaust system, including the mounting brackets and connector pipes. It's not perfect, some minor surface rusting, a few small dents and scratches, but with some cleaning up I think it might work, we'll see. About 1/5th the price of the 4 new pipes alone, not counting the brackets (only aftermarket available now, and they charge you for them ) and connectors.

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Old 09-25-2012, 05:57 PM   #88
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Nothing much happening for a long time, but back at it. Got the frame and various parts bead blasted and painted!







I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out, for a spray can backyard job.

Other news is we decided to go all the way and rebuild the engine also. It's got ~32,000 miles and unknown history, and the wife wants to learn about engine rebuilding, so off we go.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:41 AM   #89
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...and the wife wants to learn about engine rebuilding...
you lucky sunofagun
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:35 AM   #90
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A bit more progress...

Chassis is going back together. Engine is coming apart.



Valve train looks pretty good for a 32k mile engine with unknown history. Followers show some wear, but not bad (I don't think...), cam lobes look good, and cam bearings look good. It's obviously never been run low on oil.



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