Bringing new life to a bike that's older than me.
Since settling in Seattle, I've been looking for a project to work on. I didn't want to risk messing up one of our bikes, so I started looking for a on old bike on craigslist that needed some work. I ended up buying a 1978 Honda CB400II Hawk TII from my friend Tyler. With a rebuilt salvage title, and numerous obvious injuries, the bike's past was a mystery. Tyler shared the following photos of when he first purchased the bike, as well as the modifications he made.
Tyler made the following upgrades to the bike:
- painted most of the frame
- refurbished original gauge housing / replaced cracked bit
- new ignition switch
- restored the controls with paint, de-greased internals and applied new electric grease to all contacts
- Honda factory grips / throttle tube
- Motion pro throttle/clutch cables
- new vinyl seat cover, painted seat frame
- new gear selector
- new brake lever
- new mirrors
- replaced headlight bucket, painted black
- stripped gas tank of all paint, clear coated it
- oil/filter change
- cleaned carb
- new air filter
- new tail light cover
Since I got the bike, I've removed the tail light and installed a side mount brake light. I also replaced the rear and front turn signals with matching LED sets.
I also painted the side panels and did my first pipe wrap.
Finally I clear coated the tank, replaced the grips and added a single handlebar mirror.
And of course some flavor.
Have a nice day!