The CB650 Stripdowns
Like I said before, I have two CB650s:
I bought this one for parts but it was actually in better shape than my 81. It also has a bit less mileage. I even rode it on an almost daily basis in the summer of 2004.
81 CB650 Custom:
Had it for a while and rode it on a daily basis from 1995 to 2001 rain or shine from late March to mid October. I live about 45 km from my place of work, mostly highway. Then it sat for 3 years and as I mention below, it was completely dismantled in 2004.
Starting the Restoration
I actually started working on this project in 2004 but only got back to it this summer (2009). In October 2004, I completely stripped the 1981 down to the frame. I left all the parts on a big shelf in my detached garage and basically did nothing with it for 4 years.
This summer (2009), I brought the 1980 in my other garage and started stripping down the engine while it’s in the frame.
This is the way I intend to go about it.
I will be using the 1981 frame for the rebuilt. I will be rebuilding the 1980 engine and fitting that in the frame. I will also be using the 1980 carburetor (i don’t like the vacuum operated 1981 carb). I’m using the 1981 gas tank because the inside has been treated for rust, although the other one is not too bad. I only have two side cover emblems, so I’m keeping those. I need to buy 2 new tires with white letters. I’m keeping the best two of the other four tires for the one I’m selling. The 1980 electrical system will go on the restored machine. Need new mufflers so that will go on the restored bike. The front dual disc brake system goes on the rebuild but I need new brake pads, SS braided lines, one disc rotor and a master cylinder.