My "new" 1980 CB650

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Re: My "new" 1980 CB650

Postby Solomoriah » Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:15 am

So my bike sat, I'm sad to say, all of this year. The CB650 had an oil leak from the cylinder head that was a slow seep when I got it, and a mechanic told me how much it would cost to fix it and suggested I just live with it. So I put about 8,000 miles on the bike, filling up the oil whenever it went down, and I was happy.

Until it started spraying oil on my pants leg. Gah. This is why it sat out the riding season... I knew what the fix was going to cost, and I had to save up my pennies to pay for it. I can do a lot of mechanical stuff, but I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I had no business taking the top end apart myself.

Week before last I loaded her up and hauled her to Reo's Rides in Kirksville, MO. I'm told Reo is good, and he's just a bit less expensive than Cycle Tech up at Fremont, IA where I got the carbs rebuilt. And he's a lot closer to home, making it less of a production to take the bike there and then retrieve it.

Here's hoping everything goes well!


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Re: My "new" 1980 CB650

Postby GeorgeSweety » Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:08 am

Nice, hope you get it sorted. I've got to replace the cylinder head, cam and rocker box on mine due to a PO managing to get some crap in the cam bearing face, it has destroyed the cam and both bearing seats. I'm actually looking forward to doing it though :D

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