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Old 10-05-2011, 05:50 PM   #41
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Old 10-20-2011, 07:36 PM   #42
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I got enough parts to finish the cb77 enough to be ridden. I had no speedometer, tachometer, or rear brake since I'm still waiting on the cables.

I probably broke no more than 30mph around the neighborhood but it felt like 50mph with that little 305cc engine.

I did learn a couple things, first, the engine still needs tuning, but that was obvious. Tuning in the garage can only go so far. Second, it's NOT a good idea to brake with just the front brakes. The brakes are rubbish and I'm pretty sure that I smoked the front brakes.

Also, I'm pretty sure the bike is more fun than my r1. It's so light and so imperfect, it's great.

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Old 10-20-2011, 07:51 PM   #43
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Cool Thanks for the trip;
down memory lane. Had one of those, looks a little antique to me now; But at the time was able to chew on just about anything...AJ

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Old 10-20-2011, 08:11 PM   #44
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Update, there was one thing that bothered me about the front brakes. It would do a pulsing with harder and lighter braking pulsing. I think it's either bad shoes, something in the drum that's lodged, or worse, the drum is somehow distorted where it isn't round.

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Old 10-20-2011, 08:43 PM   #45
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Right on man!!

Getting an old bike to run after decades is just SO frikkin cool! Give you a real feeling of accomplishment huh?

Keep it original, make it all work... fun stuff man... fun stuff...

Continue to keep us posted!!!

**BTW; You have NO idea how lucky you are that the tank was empty and rust free!!

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Old 10-20-2011, 08:59 PM   #46
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Right on man!!

Getting an old bike to run after decades is just SO frikkin cool! Give you a real feeling of accomplishment huh?

Keep it original, make it all work... fun stuff man... fun stuff...

Continue to keep us posted!!!

**BTW; You have NO idea how lucky you are that the tank was empty and rust free!!
Yeah, I've read enough horror stories in from other restorations where it just was murder on the inside of the tank. No fuel in the tank has simplified the bike immensely.

The bike does feel like a real accomplishment so far. Granted at the moment I don't think I have enough skills to do a total frame off restoration, nor the money. But it has been a real learning experience and I've already done so much stuff that I've never done before. I've actually dabbled into a little bit of wiring and diagnosing wiring issues which I haven't done before, nor cared to try.

The bike will be kept as close to original as possible. Although some stuff can't be avoided because stuff just isn't available anymore. I've had to buy a bunch of reproduction parts.

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Old 10-25-2011, 07:56 PM   #47
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Got the title transferred into my name today. I used the vintage plate as my collector vehicle plate. Took the bike out and did about 5-10 miles or so. The stock speedometer cable broke half way through the ride so I turned around and went back home. Not a big deal since I have one on the way.

The bike is a bit hard to ride when cold. Gotta slip the clutch a lot before the rpm's will rise and it will respond well. Once it's warm it's fine though. Actually doesn't take a lot of RPM to do a normal start.

The bike feels surprisingly good power wise. It'll go just fine in 3rd gear at 40mph indicated, 4th gear at that speed doesn't work too good though. Throttle cables are bit out of sync which caused a bit of vibration.

The suspension feels like crap just going straight. It just doesn't feel like the bike really holds the road. Although I can't expect much from suspension from a 47 year old bike, 38 of those years which were sitting in a garage.

The shifter feels a bit vague and I hit a bunch of false neutrals. I think I was shifting too fast. I slowed it up and did more deliberate shifts and didn't have any problems after that.

Overall it was a nice ride. With the exception of waiting on a few parts, it's nice to be able to say that stage 1 restoration is complete. Can't wait for next season, it'll be such a kick taking it to bike night. I think I will go in my full leathers just for shits and giggles.

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Old 10-26-2011, 09:36 AM   #48
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Thanks for taking the time to share the pics and the story. Good stuff.

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Old 10-26-2011, 10:02 AM   #49
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That's just awesome man, well done. I learned to ride on my uncles 305 Superhawk when I was 14....ah the memories. Great find.

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Old 10-27-2011, 05:44 PM   #50
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With the bike done, I decided to finish the sea-foam intake treatment. I rode the bike to the entrance of my condo's complex and ran through the bottle which was 95% full. I think it revs a little more freely without bogging although we'll have to see after I get it to stop smoking.

I'm going to consider this my last post regarding this project. I'm still waiting on a new speedometer cable that's somewhere between Milton, WA and New York. The bike still needs a bit more work on tuning, but I now have a rider

What all did I do?

Install all new cables.
Install low-bar handlebars
Clean and service brakes
Clean and rebuild carbs
Adjust valves
Rebuild and install new petcock
Install new fuel lines
Install new gas cap
Remove mirrors
Remove storage rack
Move the pegs farther back
Sea-foam treatment

I'm somewhere in the neighborhood of $300-400 invested.


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Old 02-22-2012, 09:11 PM   #51
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When I was in junior high, my cousin had a 305 Superhawk, I always wanted to ride it, but he would never let me. I was in awe of how fast it was. Years later I discovered my neighbor had one sitting, neglected in his garage. It took 8 years of pleading before he finally agreed to sell it to me last summer. It took me a couple of months of work to get it running, and bring the maintenance up to date. I took it out a couple of times, but the thrill just wasn't there, I ended up selling it in Nov. No doubt it is a cool bike, but compared to today's bikes, its underpowered, under-braked, and ill-handling. I needed to pass it on to someone who would appreciate it more. Glad to see you were able to bring yours back to life, I found that the most rewarding part of the project.

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