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My other ride

Discussion in 'Other Motorcycles' started by Moparmaniacca, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. Moparmaniacca

    Moparmaniacca New Member

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    Here's my other bike I'm currently working on, a 1985 Honda V65 Sabre. The power this bike has is amazing. I plan on tearing into it over the winter, new wheel bearings, head bearings, brakes, etc... I am removing the heavy fairing from the front and will probably end up with a smaller windshield or a Nighthawk style small fairing.




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    Nice, I'd keep the fairing though, looks vintage
     
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    They're nice bikes, I had a 1985 v65 Magna, one of the best bikes I've ever owned. (Also had an xj900) If it's a high kilometer engine then you should have a good look at the cams. Probably need a re-grind, there's a guy I've used near Vancouver "Colt Cams" he has the vf1000F profile, they'll look like new.
     
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    Nice bike! Funny you posted that, I was just reading reviews of the bike that scared me off motorcycles for 34 years: the Honda V45 Interceptor. I got the wheel off the ground in 3 gears then decided it was smarter to buy a Celica instead. Probably why I'm around today but I wish I'd got back to bikes a little earlier though. That V65 Sabre was supposed to be wickedly powerful and a nice bike to ride too. I'm with the "keep the fairing" camp. It reminds me of the fairing on my 750RL, fits the period.
     
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    Some progress on the Sabre, managed to get the front end rebuilt, new bearings, brakes, fork seals, lowered front forks an inch, super-sport bars, GP mirrors, clear headlight, l.e.d spot lights, custom fabbed headlight brackets. Definitely has more of a muscle bike stance to it now. Also managed to get some more work done on the Seca as well. Carbs fully rebuilt and valve lash checked. New plugs (again...). The spark issue I was having was being caused by the old boots. Upgraded to NGK boots and now she fires up instantly, even in the frigid cold we have here atm.... Just need a carb sync and set the idle mixtures screws and she'll be ready to go... in a couple of months when the streets are bare.

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    Love the old big V4 bikes, the Honda is a great bike, just don't like working on those carbs. Getting them in and out of that bike will teach you restraint or drive you nuts... The power and sound of those bikes are very nice.
     
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    Yep, the first time I pulled the carbs from a v4, it was pretty daunting. This being my third Sabre, I can pretty much now do it blindfolded in a matter of minutes. The worse part is separating them, trying not to break the fuel tubes.
     

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