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motor_head
  • Rank:Silver Member
  • Posts:84
  • From:USA

Date Posted:12/24/2010 11:01 PMCopy HTML

Hey all, just joined the forum today. Been restoring CT70s for a while, but I picked up a running '81 185S for $150 and I am anxious to do a ground up restore on it. No rust in the tank, runs and shifts good, and doesn't leak or smoke. I feel like I got my moneys worth. Like a lot of others I've seen, it has been stripped of the lighting and instrumentation,but I've already found most of the original lighting and a speedo cluster on Ebay and in salvage yards. Wiring has been tampered with, but I'm hoping I can find help here when I need to reference the original wiring layout. Thanks for hearing me out.

Canadian80 #61
  • Rank:XL Board Member
  • Posts:3
  • From:USA

Re:185S Resto Project

Date Posted:01/10/2013 1:52 AMCopy HTML

Thanks David,

You don't happen to have the scan or digital file that the sign company used for the print do you?  I should be able to modify it to say XL250S..

If I can't manage to find 81 decals, I have a clean set of 78 side panels. I will get the 78 decal kit and restore it to look like a 78.

-Ryan
brettzilla #62
  • Rank:Silver Member
  • Posts:94
  • From:Canada

Re:185S Resto Project

Date Posted:01/10/2013 2:50 PMCopy HTML

 have you guys tried this site?

http://kz900.com/decals-hon.html

they don't have exactly what want, but it may get you close....
motor_head #63
  • Rank:Silver Member
  • Posts:84
  • From:USA

Re:185S Resto Project

Date Posted:01/11/2013 2:09 AMCopy HTML

Ryan, I probably have the digital file laying around on a flash drive somewhere, but damn if I can think where it is. I'll keep looking, but in the meantime, if your interested, I can put you in touch with the company that made them. All they would have to do is change the numbers. They printed them on a 9x12 sheet, and I had to cut them to fit. It really wasn't much of a problem though. I just cut a paper template, and when I was satisfied with the fit, I used it to cut the decals. I did have to put the white outline stripe along the top and front edges though.
motor_head #64
  • Rank:Silver Member
  • Posts:84
  • From:USA

Re:185S Resto Project

Date Posted:02/12/2013 12:19 AMCopy HTML

I neglected to post a follow up on the restoration, so here's the scoop..........I prepared it for the first start-up, turned the key and kicked 10 or 12 times. Decided it might run better if I turned the kill switch on.....OOPS!!...After that she started on the second kick and immediately settled in to a nice idle, so smooth it was almost scary! I had to make one minor float adjustment, and that was it! No carb or ignition adjustments at all. It now starts on the first kick, no choke, no smoke and no oil spots. This bike is fun as hell to ride. I'm gonna use use my connections to get her titled and maybe have a little fun on the city streets.I am including a HD Youtube vid of a cruise through my neighborhood.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOlbq62M2mw&feature=youtube_gdata_player
MarcP1956 #65
  • Rank:Bronze Member
  • Posts:37
  • From:USA

Re:185S Resto Project

Date Posted:03/13/2013 12:30 AMCopy HTML

Very nice. I have been following this from the beginning. I thought you had quit or stop posting for quite awhile. Very glad you finished and updated us. Great build!
XLKirk #66
  • Rank:Gold Member
  • Posts:175
  • From:USA

Re:185S Resto Project

Date Posted:03/15/2013 9:32 PMCopy HTML

Outstanding work. Glad you remembered to put in the oil too!
woosh #67
  • Rank:Diamond Member
  • Posts:1568
  • From:Unknown

Re:185S Resto Project

Date Posted:03/17/2013 11:48 PMCopy HTML

 :D hose clamps do make wonderful piston ring compressors. 
lakisman46 #68
  • Rank:XL Board Member
  • Posts:2
  • From:USA

Re:185S Resto Project

Date Posted:05/14/2014 12:07 PMCopy HTML

Fantastic job.Welldone!

dwil4 #69
  • Rank:XL Board Member
  • Posts:11
  • From:USA

Re:185S Resto Project

Date Posted:06/23/2014 5:18 AMCopy HTML

Dang nice bike bud. Very nice job u did.
screwtape #70
  • Rank:XL Board Member
  • Posts:19
  • From:USA

Re:185S Resto Project

Date Posted:09/10/2014 5:33 PMCopy HTML

 Outstanding attention to detail! Well done sir!




Go soothingly on the grease mud ... as there lies the skid demon! ...






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