Category Archives: Restore and Repair – See How We Did It

Motorcycle Gasket Sealer – The Right Stuff Explained

Engine Case Preparation And Cleaning

Motorcycle Gasket Sealer, Liquid Gasket, and Liquid Engine Sealant are the most common terms that people refer to the “Goo” that they use during the reassembly of their engine cases. Please read and shop carefully – the sealants and gasket goos that are sold at most auto stores and hardware retailers are almost always WRONG for your motorcycle engine cases where gaskets are not used.
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Motorcycle Parts OEM Parts How to Find Them With Microfiche

Honda ST1300 Cylinder Head Microfiche

St1300 Honda Cylinder Head Assembly
Motorcycle parts fall into 2 major categories – OEM parts – (original equipment manufacturer) and those from the Aftermarket. For the OEM Parts, there are some great, Free Microfiche tools that can help us to Identify the OEM Part Numbers, their stacked Placement and orientation, and Quantity of the same Parts used in the assembly.

Whether you’re looking to make a single item repair, to make repair to multiple ST1300 Honda Left Cylinder Head Placementcomponents, or a full-on motorcycle restoration project start to finish, the Interactive Microfiche websites like the ones available through and many others are a good way to get started.

For those of us riding and maintaining Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha motorcycles made over the last 40 + years, these Microfiche tools are outstanding.

Honda CL77 305 Project
They show year and model definition details with high accuracy and the part numbers that go into making each bike. Just a heads-up about using on-line microfiche though, a listing for a motorcycle part and it’s price detail for that part Does Not mean that the OEM part is available or that one exist in the world.

I’ve seen that happen many times over the years – want OEM or NOS Honda CL77 305 Parts Inventory and AccessmentSeat Hinges for a 1965~1967 Honda CB450KO? An Exhaust System for a 1974 Suzuki GT750? Not going to happen…….

I’m a planner. I love taking projects of the worst kind and breaking them down into dozens of manageable pieces.

Microfiche pages have been a part of my process for many years.

I find the on-line microficheMicrofiche Website Page 1 that best covers the motorcycle in my project and I print out every page. I then bind those pages into a folder that I have in my workshop for constant access. During the teardown, I mark which parts I’m going to need to replace or find.

Sometimes on the older machines, OEM Parts are not available, but knowing the OEM Part number, how many are used, and exactly where they go in the assembly can help us find them through eBayPage 2 Microfiche for Motorcycle Parts and OEM Parts and other selling resources.

Using the “where used” feature of the microfiche website has led me to salvaged parts of the correct part number from different years/models that could be restored for use. As I order and later receive each part, I document that onto the microfiche page.

This same Printed Microfiche then becomes an integral part of the “Assembly Manual” where I’ll check to see that I Motorcycle Parts Page 3 Microfichehave and use all of the motorcycle parts that I intended to.

Microfiche pages are usually drawn and grouped into assemblies of related parts.

These assemblies can guide the new restorer or mechanic through each segment of the repair. As mentioned earlier, the microficheMotorcycle Parts and OEM Parts Finder Where Used Feature page is a good tool for keeping record of parts ordered, parts received, and parts used during assembly. They go from being a planning tool to an assembly tool, then onto a recorded tool for each/every bike I’ve restored.

Make friends with your favorite Microfiche website for motorcycle parts and be sure to use the OEM Parts Tool on your next motorcycle repair or motorcycle restoration project.

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Diagnosing and Re-Engineering The 1965-1974 Honda 450 Electric Starter

CL450 K1 1969 Honda

Many of us hold Honda’s 444cc DOHC Twins built between 1965~1974 sacred and believe them to be among the true engineering marvels of their time. There is however one dark, dirty little secret that you don’t hear much about. The Electric Starter Systems were under-built and would often fail in just a few thousand miles.
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Motorcycle Restoration Planning – Breaking Your Project Into Manageable Segments

Finding Treasures In a Barn

Barn Finds Are Out There

Restoring motorcycles has been a long, 40+ year dream that became a hobby many years ago. As a hobby, it’s given me years of enjoyment and fulfillment of those years waiting. I’ve met many of my best friends in the process of restoring and collecting too. The restorations had me reaching out to people and businesses all across the world for parts, knowledge, and resources. It’s really amazing how much the Internet changed the How, What, and most significantly, the Quality of restoring I could accomplish. Starting in the mid 90’s, the Internet boom gave us forums, message boards, and on-line shopping where we could learn and find better parts. In just a few short years, NOS parts long gone from local dealerships could be purchased off of eBay and other valuable sites. With today’s Internet resources, I believe it is possible to produce almost any production motorcycle ever made from new, NOS or pattern parts. It is possible to build a vintage machine today and do it better than it was new – you can “Google” and buy today what was practically impossible to find 20 years ago…..
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Motorcycle Aluminum Polishing and Buffing

Suzuki 1974 GT750 After Poilishing

A Clean, Polished GT750 Engine For My 1974 Suzuki Restoration

All of us has one, I’m sure of it. Somewhere in our family of bikes, there is at least one engine in the group that we really like and have been secretely thinking about making Motorcycle Bling out of. Our vintage bikes incorporate their engines as part of the appearance package. For me, nothing adds more to a great bike and it’s looks than it’s engine. On that same front, nothing takes away more from those looks that a dirty, dull, and badly oxidized engine.
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Motorcycle Wheel Lacing For Hub Spokes and Rim

Vintage Disc Brake Hub and Spokes

Spokes On a Vintage Disc Brake Hub

Motorcycle Wheel lacing and truing are two procedures that I had to teach myself how to do many years ago. Next to engine building, I enjoy wheel lacing and truing more than any other rebuild.

Sooner or later, most of you will want to change your wheel color, have your rims re-chromed, powder coated, or to simply replace the broken/bent spokes like we’re doing on our Yamaha TTR225 project bike. Spoke lacing and truing are easy if you’ll break it down into 4 Basic Steps. The spider webs and confusing intersections get crystal clear if you’ll apply these simple rules.
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Engine Cases and Cylinder Finishing

Kawasaki KZ900 Engine After Cleaning

Next to “Where can I get parts?”, the #2 question I get asked is “How did you get that engine to look like new?”. Believe it or not, the 2nd Question regarding engine surface finishing is a lot easier to answer than the 1st. Bare aluminum fins and cases dominate the majority of vintage, classic motorcycles that I love and grew up with. Out of probably 100 or more motorcycles I’ve owned, only 6 have had Black Painted engines. Clearly, I do prefer the “Bare Naked” ones –
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