Been a member of this board for a long while.
Have had plenty of bikes in my time, but no longer feel the need to ride hundreds of k out of the city to enjoy riding.
*although I have been considering trucking a bigger bike south*
So as of late, I've been smitten by Honda cubs and all the variants of which built fr the 60's to the early 90's. The newer modern stuff doesn't excite me much.
On a whim, I browsed craigslist after a short afternoon of yard work and came across a 1966 Honda c200.
The bike is 100% original. It was purchased in Ontario, then spent the majority of its 50 year life in Florida.
Later brought back up to Canada, it wound up in Vancouver. Where the previous owners friend did a full rebuild on the motor. This was roughly 2/3 years ago.
He then sold it to the previous owner , who thought it would be in his best interest to buy it for his wife to learn to ride on.
She had no interest. Its old, it'll break down.
So up to craigslist it went.
The price was more than fair.
I put a deposit after looking at the bike, then the next day after paying the remainder sum, i hopped on it and attempted to ride it home. No dice. The day after, I took my work van, and picked it up.
After cleaning out the fuel system, rebuilt the carb, cut some new gaskets for the gas cap and the carb bowl, I had a bitch of a time getting this to run.
Sorting out the electrical had to be the next thing on my list.
Bought a full wave bridge rectifier, some spade connectors, new/old stock condenser, new/old stock point, new 6volt battery and some bulbs, it was off to the races.
The bike now starts on the first kick, has given me hundred of miles (yes miles as the speedo is in miles) of trouble free riding. Maxes out beyond the speed the speedo and register [which is 60mph], and cruises nicely within town amongst all the other cars on the road.
Next step is to await the collector plates for this beast and perform a wheel to wheel factory restoration. Original color and whatever else is necessary to keep this bike as original as possible.
Here are some photos.