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    SMAS Strikes Again

    Chapter (okay, I gotta think bout this now...) 10 of the ongoing Sudden Motorcycle Acquisition Syndrome saga at the Shack. I brought home an 8th two wheeler and find myself once again short on garage space. NO, I DON'T HAVE AN ADDICTION!!! I DON'T NEED NO STEENKING HELP!!! (will work for bike parts)


    For those of you that caught the "CB250 Nighthawk Q" thread (http://www.beginnerbikers.org/showth...50-Nighthawk-Q), this probably isn't coming as a surprise. For the rest of you, here's the skinny: it's a 250 Rebel with a 250 Nighthawk front end mated to it. Nice old school look that "cleans up the front wheel" without the hindrance of no front brake. I'll be expanding on that old school look later.


    History according to the seller --- he initially acquired it as one of the numerous dismantled/sawzalled/rattlecanned CraigsList Bobberz. The frame and swingarm had solid struts welded to them...hence the salvage title for a new frame and a new swingarm with shocks. The front end came with the CL Bobberizer. All in all the bike is remarkably shiny but it won't start, seller's speculation is carb/intake. The engine will turn over though.


    So here it is, $400 later, still in the truck. I added the red "bad dog" bandana as soon as I got home...






    Here it is off the truck. The NH forks are half an inch longer than Rebel forks albeit half an inch more narrow in width so there is an optical illusion that effectively makes the same-size tire look beefier. I can't say I'm wild about the "headlight ears" and dual gauges so that will be on the list of things to do.






    Clubman bars on Rox risers, and a higher capacity aftermarket tank (which was questioned in the other thread). The tank has a small crease on the right side and you can see it in the pic below. The half inch more narrow front end turns in tighter than the Rebel front end, and the pinch bolts contact the larger tank. Gonna have to get creative there...





    Dual carbs. Not sure how this will work out as there isn't much space in there for filters. Tantalizing to say the least, but I sincerely doubt I'll stick with them.





    And a box of extras which included a tool roll, front fender, matching side covers, skeletal hand mirrors (with a third/spare), stock manifold & carburetor (which will most likely go back on in place of the duallies), pod filter, extra battery, battery charger,spare throttle sleeve & grip, an axle, a pair of foot peg mounts, and assorted fasteners & zip ties. Bonus Phillips screwdriver included.


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    Not a bad score for $400. Looking forward to the thread.

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    Interesting project....so when it's rebuilt will it need to be inspected/certified and insured as a rebuilt, I think that is how done in my area, BC.
    Good score for sure..those 250's are a lot of fun to ride..

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    Congrats SS. I'm looking forward to your transformation!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoSpot View Post
    Congrats SS. I'm looking forward to your transformation!
    Me too! Wow...he thru in a bonus Phillips screwdriver! Score!
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    Ah, I'm starting to see the effects of the prior owners. As I mentioned, the seller acquired it in CL bobber status with solid struts welded to the frame along with the (origin unknown to him) front end. The seller restored the rear suspension along with a few other parts.

    The front end felt loose, no surprise as I'd discovered that upon inspection. I could see the threaded top cap under the tree moving, simple fix. In theory anyways...original owner (CL bobberizer that sold it to the seller) finger tightened the steering stem but gorilla tightened the triple clamp pinch bolts. I swear, if those pinch bolts were welded it might have been easier to contend with. I broke two 12mm sockets, a half inch to quarter inch socket adapter, and a 12mm wrench, along with stripping the bolt heads. I was down to one 12mm socket and one 12mm wrench, started to contemplate an impact driver (which I would need to acquire) and figured "they're already ruined and won't budge"...so I did the sensible thing: fired up the air compressor and got the cut off wheel to the scene.

    So I got the upper tree off and tightened the top cap down. I was a little shocked to learn the CB and CMX do not have lock nuts that go over the top cap, as the Shadows have a lock nut.

    Ran out of daylight so I'll get cracking on this some more tomorrow morning. Then I'll learn if I have a CB wiring harness or CMX harness...as I'll be bringing out the other Rebel for a side to side comparo and parts swap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugguts View Post
    Me too! Wow...he thru in a bonus Phillips screwdriver! Score!
    Yeah, that's the 2006+ OEM toolkit, with said kit stowed behind a side cover that in order to access requires...a screwdriver.

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    I can't help but to think that the original owner had a Nighthawk, not a Rebel...and sold it to the seller as a "Rebel". The seller bought a new frame, swingarm, rear suspension, body work (fenders & side covers), and the chrome fender rails. But the remnants appear to be CB250 Nighthawk, right down to the badly butchered wiring harness. Oddly enough, despite sharing the same motor, the bikes use completely different wiring harnesses.


    Yesterday I swapped over a wiring harness from the untitled Rebel, one that I know works. Next weekend I'll tackle reassembly and see if that brings life to the bike.
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    Did some more electrical work --- and let me tell you, this is some work. Lots of electrical gremlins to contend with. I got rid of the gaudy rattle canned head pipes and swapped them for some untainted head pipes. Also swapped the big UJM style headlight from the NH front end for the nice shiny chrome Rebel light. I had to cut some of the inner tabs off the headlight swivel so that it would...swivel. I may flip the headlight upside down so that it hangs above the tire, haven't decided on that yet. I'm up in the air about the old headlight ears, not sure if I want to lop them off or slap some directionals onto them. So they stay, for now...



    Sent from your mom's phone
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    3500cc worth of Honda: http://shadow-shack.20m.com


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    Keep it going!!!
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    Will do, this is the labor end of the project. Can't wait for the fun part.

    Ultimately I'll be shooting for something like this (sans splitting those cylinders from 0 degrees):

    Sent from your mom's phone
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    Ride Safe, Chop Safer
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    "Motorcycles are not unsafe. However, they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity."
    Support your FLIBS (Friendly Local Independent Bike Shop)
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    3500cc worth of Honda: http://shadow-shack.20m.com


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