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Posted 28 October 2009 - 04:37 AM
Posted 28 October 2009 - 06:48 AM
That CL 175 is a fun bike, a little small, but Sooooo easy to work on. There's like 6 parts to the whole thing. What year is it? they can be hard to find parts for, but everything is super easy to work on and pretty reliable once you take care of all the sitting disease. I'm sure it will need "carb work" if it's been sitting for any amount of time. The good news is that there is only one carb, it has no vacuum diaphragm to go bad. Clean everything up with simple green and carb cleaner and you should be good to go. You can still get rebuild kits for them off of feebay that include a floatbowl seal, needle jet and hold down clamp, main and pilot jets.
Pull the throttle and see if the slide is stuck, if it is it'll be more work, but give it a good soak with simple green. Careful with using that stuff at full strength as it will eat away at the aluminum.
Good luck and post some pics! If you have trouble deciding which to ride, you can always turn the 175 into a dirtbike! Just look for XL 175 parts.
Posted 29 October 2009 - 03:22 PM
Regarding that Nighthawk, it holds a touch of sentimental value to me as it was the first motorcycle I operated. I was curious about how they worked and what it was like to ride, so Tim let me take it around a parking lot for a bit. I also used a Nighthawk during the safety course. Between the Suzuki cruiser thing, the Honda Rebel (like sitting on a hemorrhoid doughnut) and a Yammy TW200, it was the most comfortable and natural feeling bike. So I'm pretty stoked to have one of my own I've got the whole next week off, so I'm going to spend it tinkering with it to get it running then go from there!
Posted 03 November 2009 - 08:00 PM
Yeah aside from cleaning up the carbs on that CL probably the only thing you'll have to do is clean up the points and maybe trim the spark plug wires, new plugs, new fuel filter (hopefully the tank isn't too rusty) and you'll be all set.
Probably want to invest in some fork seals and new rubber, oh and oil that chain!
Posted 23 November 2009 - 08:57 PM
The CL is in pretty rough shape, hasn't been run in a very long time. Bonus, it has both the key AND the title! Needs just about every wear part replaced and everything else restored before she will be road worthy. So it's definitely a project but I think worthy of restoration.
The Nighthawk does run and recently too, so it's a whole lot closer. I pulled the seat off to have a friend recover it...Tim felt that 100 MPH tape was a good substitute for leather :-P It does have a list of things it needs, but all of it is of the tune-up variety. So this one will keep me sated while I fix the 175
So yeah, I'm pretty stoked. Still haven't found a Subaru, but I figure until I do these will keep me near sane for the time being.
Posted 24 November 2009 - 06:59 AM
If you plan on riding that CL around with any kind of regularity, I suggest finding a front end from a later year that has a disc brake, 'cause drums in front suuuuuucks. Measure the fork tube diameter and start searching most of the bikes of similar vintage and CC size will have the same fork tube diameter. Grab the master cylinder and you're all set.
Looks like a fun project!
Posted 24 November 2009 - 07:57 AM
Posted 24 November 2009 - 10:14 AM
As for front ends. Check out these charts. All you really need is for the fork tube diameter to be the same and you can pick something out. They're from a chopper site, but whatever, the info's good.
fork tube compatibility chart
fork stem compatibility chart
Posted 24 November 2009 - 10:34 PM
Posted 21 December 2009 - 08:08 AM
I know, front drums are TERRIBLE on motorcycles! During the MSF class I kept locking the rear on the Nighthawk during quick stops because that front drum just didn't have the grunt to halt you! I've heard the European Nighthawks had disc setups so I might look into that. For that CL, some of the larger CB in that era had disc as well so I'll definitely look into it. I'm curious as to whether or not the CL engine mounts were the same between the 175 and 350 I wouldn't mind a bit more grunt for it!
We happen to have a 1974 CL 360 Scrambler - i can take some measurements if you would like....
Posted 21 December 2009 - 08:51 AM
THAT is a beautiful 360!
Posted 24 December 2009 - 08:49 AM
I've thought about it and I have decided to restore it as-is rather than mod it. Thanks for the offer though!
THAT is a beautiful 360!
you are welcome and Thank you for the props on the ol girl - we like her!
if you really want to :slobber: let me say that we only paid $200 for it & madkow rode it home! (had to take him back to pu his car!!) it has just barely turned 10K on the clock, all original (well, maybe not the tires)...
Good luck with the resto! would love to see some pics of yours brought back to it's full glory.
Posted 24 December 2009 - 09:12 AM
And for 200 bucks!!?? Wow..
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