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I bought this bike in 1996 from an elderly guy who had carried it through france on the back of his mobile home for a couple of years. It had 2,400 km on the clock and was in a beautiful condition - from a technical point of view. The paint was in no good condition and there was some rust on the black painted parts. I did not like the "new look" of this model with ugly matte-black exhaust, black braking and shifting lever, black painted clutch and flywheel cover, big ugly plastic rear fender and taillight. I wanted my bike to look like a model from the early 70s.
So I went to my local Honda-dealer and was lucky. Most of the parts I needed were still available (that was in 1997/98 It has become much more difficult to get new parts for the 1970s models today !): A brand-new "old" seat, a new old-style chrome exhaust, an old-style taillight-bracket complete with the round taillight unit and a nice new old-style footpeg assy with side stand instead of the big and ugly main stand. A few parts came from Thomas Geisler from Unterwoessen/Bavaria: chrome brake pedal, kickstart-lever, shift lever, chromed rear shock absorbers and nice little Kitaco flashers. The flywheel-cover was sandblasted and polished. The red painted front and rear fenders were replaced with the K0-style chrome fenders from the U.S.-model. I removed the comic-style main body decals and replaced them by the original black & white Honda Decals. That may sound easy, but in fact replacing the decals was a 2 hour-job. I have never been so sweaty applying a sticker... Finally I bought new chrome wheel rims and new tires and had a little job done with the engine and that was it.

At least it it does look a little bit better than before, doesnīt it ?

Seat: You canīt simply take an old seat from the 1970s model and screw it onto a new model. At least you canīt do so with the model sold over her in Germany. The seats of the newer models have a lock which is operated with the ignition key. On the underside of the seat are two locking bolts that fit into corresponding holes in the bikes frame. The 1970s models did not have these bolts and a simple locking mechanism without a key. But there was a small tool compartment on the underside of the old-style seats that was omitted on the new models. .
Solution: The tool compartment has to be cut out.
Then unsrew the locking bolts from the new-style seat. Find the position on the old-style seat where the bolts should be screwed in. Drill holes into the seat pan which are big enough to put a nut flush in them. Take the MIG/MAG-Welder and weld the nuts into the holes, be careful not to burn the seat foam. Now you can screw the locking bolts into these nuts.
The result is a mucher better looking old-style seat on a new frame.
Tool compartment removed and locking bolts in position (above)
Nuts welded into the seat pan to take up the locking bolts (below)

Đ Michael Kugler 2001