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Laminar
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Sep 4, 2008, 12:25 PM
 
I picked up a Honda CB200T a couple weeks ago. I found it on Craigslist in my city (actually only a few blocks away from my house) for $75. I've been wanting a project to work on in my spare time, and I've always wanted to learn to ride a motorcycle, so I figured this could be fun. It has a 200cc 2 cylinder engine putting out 17 horsepower. It tops out at about 77mph and gets 60-70mpg.

When I got it, the engine was seized, and quite a few parts were missing.





Presently, the engine is free to spin, everything is cleaned up, rust is removed, all parts have been repainted, and it's looking a lot better.





I'm waiting on a bunch full of parts like handlebar controls, carbs, and exhaust before I can get it running. Once I do that, I'll work on brakes and replacing the tires. Once it's running I have to go through the trouble of getting a title for it, then getting my motorcycle license.

I'm still deciding what to do about the design. My first idea was similar to the car in Death Proof:



but the general consensus from my friends was that skulls were dumb. Now I'm thinking something with either a biohazard symbol or lightning bolts. My roommate has a vinyl cutter so I can get any type of sticker made. My plan is to get a flat black helmet and make it match the design of the bike.

I'm tracking my progress at a blog I made: Rebuilding the CB200T

Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions?
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Sep 4, 2008, 02:02 PM
 
Well, apparently there's an issue with linking images from Blogspot, so I re-hosted everything and I think the pictures are working.
     
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Sep 4, 2008, 03:49 PM
 
What a beautiful piece of crap Laminar! Hope you enjoy it when it's all back together, and you get the paperwork and classes done.
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Sep 7, 2008, 05:27 PM
 
Nice purchase. I've been thinking of getting an old/classic bike to do up. Can't wait to see what you come up with.
     
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Sep 7, 2008, 11:33 PM
 
always wanted to start an old project bike consider me interested and subscribed to checking the blog to see the progress! good luck on the build
     
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Sep 8, 2008, 09:36 AM
 
The idea of doing a cafe racer has crossed my mind. I'll need a new seat so I was thinking about picking up a nice cafe racer seat, except that I'd like to be able to hold two people on the bike. Once I get it running, though, I'm considering intake pods, stripping off all of the extra plastic and metal, fenders, and installing clubman handlebars. Like this, but even without the panels that say "CB200."

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Sep 8, 2008, 01:21 PM
 
cool project. I saw this a while back, dunno what era or type of bike beyond it being a bmw. seems older than yours but the dimensions are all similar.

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Originally Posted by IceEnclosure View Post
cool project. I saw this a while back, dunno what era or type of bike beyond it being a bmw. seems older than yours but the dimensions are all similar.

mid 60s-70s, 2 cylinder horizontally opposed air-cooled.

This is a bike that people put VW beetle engines in, or Porsche 4 cyl (912, 914) style engines in. The longitudinal alignment of the engine makes that easy, versus most motorcycles that are transverse.



shows the same bike model with a 4cyl VW engine in place of the 2cyl BMW.
     
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Sep 8, 2008, 05:11 PM
 
Here you go:

"Everything's so clear to me now: I'm the keeper of the cheese and you're the lemon merchant. Get it? And he knows it.
That's why he's gonna kill us. So we got to beat it. Yeah. Before he let's loose the marmosets on us."
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We have a winner.
     
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Sep 8, 2008, 07:58 PM
 
Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
but the general consensus from my friends was that skulls were dumb. Now I'm thinking something with either a biohazard symbol or lightning bolts.
Grow a pair and do what you want.

Except a biohazard symbol.
     
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Sep 8, 2008, 08:33 PM
 
Skulls ain't dumb. Skulls are badass! Tells your friends to like it or lump it.


By the way, can't wait to see a pic of your frame sitting on that petite cycle. I sense it will be a sight most grand.
     
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Sep 8, 2008, 10:56 PM
 
Skulls > Biohazard.

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Sep 8, 2008, 10:57 PM
 
Yeah, biohazard symbol is kinda lame, I say go with the tried-and-true skull.
     
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Sep 8, 2008, 11:19 PM
 
Originally Posted by zro View Post
Skulls ain't dumb. Skulls are badass! Tells your friends to like it or lump it.


By the way, can't wait to see a pic of your frame sitting on that petite cycle. I sense it will be a sight most grand.
I can sit in the rear passenger's spot and comfortably reach the handlebars.

I got a whole bunch of stuff ordered today: carbs, headers, misc. hardware, a plastic cover, a rubber intake tube, the throttle cable, and I bought the handlebar assembly from an old Honda dirtbike with the intention of taking the grips and switches off and rewiring them for my bike.
     
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Sep 8, 2008, 11:21 PM
 
What about the HA! HA! Guy?
"Everything's so clear to me now: I'm the keeper of the cheese and you're the lemon merchant. Get it? And he knows it.
That's why he's gonna kill us. So we got to beat it. Yeah. Before he let's loose the marmosets on us."
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Sep 8, 2008, 11:42 PM
 
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Dude, nice.....and sexy!
     
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Sep 9, 2008, 11:39 AM
 
I owned a Kawasaki G5 100cc when I was 15.

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Sep 13, 2008, 10:02 PM
 
That makes me wish I could find an old Honda C70 in decent shape. It was my first motorcycle, and I just loved that little thing. It got a gazillion miles per gallon and carried my sorry butt up to 60 MPH UPHILL! Great little bike...

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Sep 17, 2008, 01:17 PM
 
It's running pretty well now:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD1w_Sje0zQ

I got some of the parts painted up with a high temp enamel:


I had to "engineer" a new gas cap latch:


Tires, tubes, pod filters, fuel filter, flat black full-face helmet, and a bunch of other stuff is on the way.
     
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Sep 17, 2008, 01:26 PM
 
so what's your running total cost so far?
     
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Sep 17, 2008, 01:30 PM
 
I haven't kept a strict total, but I'd say it's between $300-$350.
     
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Sep 17, 2008, 04:59 PM
 
It seems that's a bit of an underestimation. I just went through and totaled everything up. Counting the cost of the bike itself and the pile of stuff I bought yesterday, but not counting the helmet, tools, or chemicals/solvents I bought, it's just a tad over $500.
     
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Sep 17, 2008, 06:52 PM
 
Still, not bad at all for a long time of enjoyment.
     
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Sep 17, 2008, 07:10 PM
 
Definitely, especially when considering that bikes like this go for $700-1000 on eBay.
     
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So then your labor is worth 200-300 bucks?
     
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If it's a labour of love, does it matter?

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Originally Posted by - - e r i k - - View Post
If it's a labour of love, does it matter?
No, not really.

There's quite a lot to be said for knowing the ins and outs of the vehicle to which you trust your life.

Be kind to your ass, for it bears you, I say.
     
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Sep 26, 2008, 04:37 PM
 
I went for my first ride today. The mailman brought my front tire as I was going through the carbs and running a new fuel line. I got the tire mounted (PITA!) and everything put back together and took it for a spin. I still need to rebuild the front brake and get it to idle, and papers are on the way to get a bonded title. I ran into a couple snags because I'm trying to run with bigger tires, but it's nothing a little engineering couldn't overcome. I'll post a video as soon as I'm able to copy and paste again.
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Sep 26, 2008, 04:47 PM
 
Hats off. Nice little bike that you've got there.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE - don't go riding past my house after midnight.
     
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Sep 26, 2008, 04:52 PM
 
Ha- I got chewed out making the burnout video at a quarter til eight by someone living in the area because my neighbors have a baby. I cut that part of the video out, though. The mufflers make it a tad quieter, but it's by no means quiet.
     
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ha HA. so my youtube comment was correct. unless you deleted that one as well.

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nope, you haven't
     
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Sep 26, 2008, 06:00 PM
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atw1HwnH4to

Here you go, have a blast laughing at my frame on that bike. FWIW after riding around for about a half hour, my hips kind of hurt. I'm going to need to figure out how I can sit and stay comfortable.
     
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Sep 26, 2008, 06:17 PM
 
Also, for further hilarity:
     
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Downloaded, backed up, redundant back up, launching PS in 3, 2, ...
     
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Sep 27, 2008, 02:10 AM
 
thanks for the lol

serious note, i dunno the coldness where you're at, but you might want to invest in a slightly thicker jacket. it looks a tad thin in the pic.
     
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Sep 27, 2008, 09:24 AM
 
Wait...you're telling me about the thickness of a jacket by looking at the outside of it?
     
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we really need an automotive subforum
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saw this yesterday, jeez:


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oh so pimp! That's just outrageous!

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Edit: love the no-helmet too, don't see any of that anymore in Canada...
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Sep 27, 2008, 02:40 PM
 
Cool bike; I can't see having any side-chatter in a curve with a back tire that's as wide as your butt...

 

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I too am a proponent of motorcyclists wearing helmets. Florida only lifted the helmet law less than 10 years ago.
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Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Also, for further hilarity:
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Looks like Top Gear's Stig in his first season.
     
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They lifted it?

Jebus. It seems sort of stone-age to me, to be honest. The only argument against them can be generally summed up as "I like the feel of wind in my hair!"

It's like the seatbelt debate, way back in the day. Seems almost infantile now, that people would be so against not wearing a simple device that's proven to save your life.

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Sep 27, 2008, 03:18 PM
 
I got the front brake installed and working today, it's nice to have two brakes. But it seems that I must have punctured the innertube when I was mounting the front tire, because it will only hold air for a few minutes before going flat again. Mounting tires was the worst ****ing part of this whole experience, so at this point I'm going to find someone that I can just pay to do it.

And I plan on always wearing a helmet when I ride. After seeing what I can do to myself on a bicycle, I don't want to think about what I could do at real speeds.
     
 
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