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'73 CL100 fix-up
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Is the right hand side cover on a CL100 the same as that on a CB100? I'm guessing that it is not; different to clear the exhaust pipe. But confirmation would be helpful.


You're right, the CL cover is different to fit around the muffler.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

... looking great but don't forget to get rid of the clubman bar and replace it with the correct handle bar. That together with a stock seat will improve the look a lot i.m.h.o.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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... looking great but don't forget to get rid of the clubman bar and replace it with the correct handle bar. That together with a stock seat will improve the look a lot i.m.h.o.
mnmrider


I completely agree - new bars are on the list.

I got a seat off eBay but it's not right. Mounts are the same but it's a little too short and a little too wide. I think it's from a CB instead of a CL, as the CB's gas tank is bigger. The seller agreed to kick back some of the money instead of fooling around with returning it, so I guess I have a CB100 seat for sale Rolling Eyes



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you try Marbles motors for a seat? http://marblesmotors.com/product-category/parts/
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, but Marbles doesn't seem to have one. There are a couple on eBay, but my discretionary funds are pretty slim right now so I'm going to wait. I've put the new (incorrect) seat on temporarily because it sure is more comfortable.

But I found that without that upholstered "snout" extending over the end of the tank, the tank kinda rattled around on bumpy roads. To fix this, I drilled and tapped an m6x1 hole in the flat spot of the frame so I could put in a screw to hold it down. It's sandwiched in thick, hard foam pads with a fender washer on top (see picture). Much better. But that gap bugs the shit out of me - need the correct seat!

I've also noticed that the right rear shock's spring is rubbing on the back side of the muffler. I think the bracket has probably been bent in at some time. Going to fix that in a little while here.

Have also noticed quite a bit of noise coming from (I think) the speedometer. Going to try a little ride with the cable disconnected to see if that's the issue, or if it's just something vibrating.



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally got the correct seat!

I've been riding the thing a lot - scoping out 45mph routes all around the area. Get a lot of guys rolling down their windows to ask "what year" etc. at stop lights Very Happy



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dgjessing wrote:
...............Get a lot of guys rolling down their windows to ask "what year" etc. at stop lights Very Happy


Yep, that's part of the fun of vintage bikes. I rolled up to a gas pump the other day on my CB125, shut of the engine and heard some clapping. Turned around and two guys standing by a pickup were grinning and giving me thumbs-up. And of course they had to walk over and ask what year it was! Kind of a good feeling knowing you've brought a little pleasure into someone's day.

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Sold that wrong seat on eBay for more than I paid for it Very Happy . Got new handle bars on the way - not "correct", but closer than these clubman things it has now. I can start it cold first kick now most of the time. Happy camper!
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New handlebars arrived. I cut about 1.25" off both ends to get the over-all width to 26". Makes it easier to get it through the 32" door Very Happy . I thought they would have a bit more rise than they do, but they will be OK. The riding position is much more comfortable - don't have to bend my wrists out too far like with the clubman bars. Close enough to stock to fool 99% of people I'll bet!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey there!
I just picked up a 72 CL100 myself so I’m interested in your thread. I have not taken the time to read it all yet so I apologize it you have already answered this question. What type of battery are you running? I’ll try and post some pics of mine. Like you wiring is a mess. Keep up the great work.

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John550f wrote:
Hey there!
I just picked up a 72 CL100 myself so I’m interested in your thread. I have not taken the time to read it all yet so I apologize it you have already answered this question. What type of battery are you running? I’ll try and post some pics of mine. Like you wiring is a mess. Keep up the great work.

John


Thanks! Yes, please post pictures. Battery is 6N6 3B, per the manual.
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