'78 Honda Twin Project

Discussion in 'Technical & Maintenance' started by TonisToo, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Wow, yes, that sure looks familiar. Spiders were right at home in mine too.
     
  2. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    A nice custom paint job will certainly make the bike stand out in a crowd.
     
  3. keith

    keith Member

    Ever think of rattle canning it? Todays high end rattle cans are much better than you think.
     
  4. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Yes, I have actually already tried the front fender to see how it would look. The tank has a couple small dents though. I need to keep in mind the cost versus long term value (based on money spent on the R80 versus any interest from potential buyers). I could save by just repainting the tank the stock color (Helios red) that way I don't need to paint the plastic side covers.
     
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  5. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Ever see the Tremclad/roller paint jobs. Some are incredible!

     
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  6. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Actually just thinking about it I have a second tank and side pieces. Might be an opportunity to try a couple of techniques. Still a long winter ahead.
     
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  7. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    70 days until Spring :)
     
  8. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Member

    And it can't come soon enough for me, come on Spring.

    I always paint my own stuff with rattle can for a few reasons; I'm a cheap bastard, I really enjoy the process (but do find it stressful, especially when doing designs and wetsanding), allows you to easily touch up any areas later on that may get dinged or banged, can change up the colour when you want for little cost or guilt and I'm a cheap bastard :)

    Even though I'm usually pleased with the results, they are no where near as nice or durable as a well done professional job so it really depends on what type of finish you want. My paint jobs are usually good 5 footers :) nothing amazing but good enough to make them presentable. If you do decide to spray it yourself you should really use the SprayMax 2K clear coat, its amazing. Its a two part clear that is gas proof so its great for tanks and the shine is amazing. I used it on my MB5 a few years back and the shine is still perfect, even after being covered in dust and dirt for ever. You do need a good respirator when spraying it though. You can get it at Napa.

    I've even painted by rolling on Tremclad like in the video Wayne posted. It is a very viable option and at the very least you'll know how to wet sand after :)
     
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  9. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Tried stripping the paint from the parts bike tank a while back...

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    It was a LOT of work. Finished off by painting it with a spray can.

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  10. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Went back to the same fellow in Torbay that painted the R80. Looked to get a quote to paint the tank original Helios Red to avoid having to paint the side covers and enabling me to keep those decals as well. Cost was crazy so I think that based on my previous success with the silver I will attempt the red including dent repair and clear coat.

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  11. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Member

    I really like the silver, suits the bike.
     
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  12. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Yeah me too. If you notice the side cover on the right side is the wrong sort for the '78. It should be larger and more rounded. The parts bike tank has some corrosion inside and varnish from old gas that needs cleaning.
     
  13. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    Any updates Tony?
    Riding Season is upon us... :eek:
     
  14. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    I know! I've been farting around in Europe and riding the "other" 3 bikes. But last weekend I stripped the last of the paint off the tank and I am working on repairing the 3 small dents myself. I am planning to paint the tank myself to keep costs down and I am going with the silver. Tanks should at least be primed by this weekend. Need the tank completed so I can mount and tune the carbs for riding and decision on the bikes future. Would be nice to shake the R80 soon... $80 registration fee due in 8 days.
     
  15. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    You ever unload that Beemer?
     
  16. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    I have not. Been riding it a little but it's still for sale. Couple guys interested in looking but don't show up. Stickers are up in a week's time. To renew or not to renew?
     
  17. keith

    keith Member

    No non-financed money in this province right now. Gotta sell it for nothing or keep it until this mess turns around. Doubt that will be anytime soon though.
     
  18. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    I don’t know if you Canucks have a site similar to our Cycle Trader, but you would be surprised how many folks don’t mind a Fly and Ride when they purchase a used motorcycle. Just ask Murph or Ross Kean.

    Given the condition of that BMW, you should have no problem selling to a wider audience.

    I have sold several bikes on Cycle Trader, and each transaction has been smooth, although the Harley I delivered to a guy at a biker bar not far from my home made me a little nervous as he counted out $12,000 in $50 bills on the hood of his Buddy’s pick-up truck in the parking lot. I declined completing the transaction inside the bar, as was suggested...
     
  19. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Most of my enquiries have been from Ontario and Quebec where they want me to arrange the shipping. I bought it sight-unseen from Ontario and shipped it down myself. I wouldn't want someone coming back to me for any little issue because they didn't see the bike in person and I don't want the hassle of me shipping it. None have taken me up on the offer of flying here and riding home.
     
  20. sleepyhead65

    sleepyhead65 Member


    FAT STACK!
     
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