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Old 05-04-2017, 10:16 PM   #31
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So heading out to lunch I ask coolest wife evuh wherever she wants to go we go. She's from Taiwan. Food is her thing. It's her porn. Reals.

Since we never come out to these parts of the valley she checks her "must dine at" list and finds a place that was recommended by her sisters at the foodie version of BARF. I have my thing she has hers. It's all good.

Decent eats, friendly staff, too fusion for me. Maybe I ordered wrong. Not coming back unless I get an RVF in return Lunch done. She now want's me to schlep her over to Japan town. Of course, anything you want babe. 20 minutes later I watch her exit the tofu shop with three tubs of fresh silky soybean and she's grinning ear to ear. So cool we all have a "bliss".

Time to text Marc and see what's up...
12:58 Me: "Done with lunch. Jessica got her tofu. what is your schedule looking like?"

13:06 Marc: "Closer to 2:00/2:15."

Fork me! Too good to be true! I feel like I am fishing and just waiting to sink the hook.

13:14 Me: "perfect. in j town now. heading to mv in 10 min"

13:22 Marc: "I'm loading the bike now heading out in 20"

13:42 Me: "at house"

13:49 Marc sends a photo and my heart skips a beat......
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Old 05-05-2017, 08:02 AM   #32
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Old 05-05-2017, 08:46 AM   #33
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WTF?? Japanese porn wrapped in Hitchcock suspense!
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Old 05-05-2017, 09:03 AM   #34
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WTF?? Japanese porn wrapped in Hitchcock suspense!
Sorry to be dragging this out but I find the search half the fun esp. since I had been searching for so long and to randomly stumble upon a CA registered one so local, it was meant to be.

As an interesting premonition or hallucination, on a stack of bibles I swear I saw an NC35 flash by in rush hour traffic two days before I bought mine: 4/13/17 Palo Alto on El Camino near Arastradero, 5pm, southbound. What are the odds.

Waiting for Marc's permission to post pics.
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Old 05-05-2017, 09:19 AM   #35
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Sorry to be dragging this out but I find the search half the fun esp. since I had been searching for so long and to randomly stumble upon a CA registered one so local, it was meant to be.
A small part of me is disappointed every time I buy a motorcycle, because then the search is over.
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Old 05-05-2017, 11:13 AM   #36
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Sorry to be dragging this out but I find the search half the fun esp. since I had been searching for so long and to randomly stumble upon a CA registered one so local, it was meant to be.

As an interesting premonition or hallucination, on a stack of bibles I swear I saw an NC35 flash by in rush hour traffic two days before I bought mine: 4/13/17 Palo Alto on El Camino near Arastradero, 5pm, southbound. What are the odds.

Waiting for Marc's permission to post pics.
That was probably me. I commute on El Camino sometimes from Palo Alto.
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Old 05-05-2017, 11:44 AM   #37
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The wait is over

"It's here!", Jessica exclaims from the front window. We head out to welcome Santa and watch while he expertly parks his sleigh in front of the house (at least for me, parking a trailer way harder than it looks). Photo session ensues. Jessica looks as excited as me

We gingerly roll the bike down and park it on the neglected driveway (as cracked as Marvel's the Thing). NC35 v. repave = no contest. The eagle has landed. On my property. Baby has a new home! FINALLY!

We enjoy talking to Marc for a long while exchanging stories and ideas. Cool gy for sure. We wrap up - cash, title, parts (mirror were found!). Shake hands and mug it up for the camera! Both parties mutually satisfied. The bike has found a good new home. We wave goodbye.

I wheel the bike into the garage, plop down on the stool and admire. Acquisition complete it feels great. A mixture of calm having reeled in my prized fish. A big sigh or relief.

What's next? Now I have to revive her and I don't know where to begin. So many questions which need answers. I know, I'll search BARF the world's great source of all things motorcycle (and beyond) related.
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Old 05-05-2017, 11:45 AM   #38
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That was probably me. I commute on El Camino sometimes from Palo Alto.
Ah! So I wasn't hallucinating.
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Wazoo, that's funny. Just yesterday my wife grilled grilled me about a "surprise" $18 bookstore purchase she saw on the bank statement. Nothing gets by her.
She was probably just wondering what kind of a man she married buying stuff from a bookstore.
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Old 05-05-2017, 08:25 PM   #41
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Session 1: Finally got key. Cruddy gas cap.

I've got the bike stored at a workshop between work and home so I can only drop in on my commute home. And then I only get an hour at most. This day job thing just gets in the way. Slow steady gets the job done.

If you recall the bike came w/o a key so I figure first step is to find one. I gained access to the seat lock by removing the rear body work. I removed it from the bike and took it to Lockworks Unlimited in RWC. After a bit they were able to cut me a key by using the code stamped on the side of the lock. Most motorcycle locks have the key code stamped on the side. Original key has code stamped, too. Modern bikes oft have transponder keys rendering this replacement method useless afaik.

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Seat lock

Went home and...
Ignition

Tank lock Damn!

Wouldn't budge. All that gas sitting for 6 years must be ugly inside. Okay, par for the course something always goes wrong and life is never easy. I've heard about gas stabilizer but it never really paid it any mind. I mean I let my lawn mower sit for a year and it fires up every time (Honda!).

Maybe the lock is broken? I spray Liquid Wrench into keyhole in hopes of lubing and loosening corrosion. Try key over and over no change. Decide to wait 24 hours and try again. Next day try key again. No change. Must be something else stopping key from turning probably latches inside are corroded? I'd be surprised though. The spare gas cap I have looks like it's a zinc alloy. I wouldn't expect it to corrode inside a gas tank. Im patient and not willing to drill just yet.

I decide to shake things up. Maybe some mechanism is sticky. I cover the tank cap with a towel and smack it firmly with a a block of wood and hammer BANG~BANG~BANG all around the cap being careful not to dent the tank.

I stop and check the cap it rotates and wriggles ever so slightly. Progress. Try the key, it turns 2 degrees, that's 2 degrees more than before! Smack the cap with several more firm hits and the key turns further. I can work the lock now, it feels gummy but turns more and more with each try. A few degrees at a time until finally 90 degrees and the cap pops open!

I pull that cap out and it looks like someone caked 1/8" of plumbers putty. In fact that's exactly what it feels like only dried out. Marzipan? How does that work? Why would a tank cap get all funky with caca? It's a good 6-8" above any liquid gasoline. Does gasoline vaporize and condense solids? Whatever, I now know that 6 years of stewing gasoline results in stalactite formations. Would have never thought.

Next: examine gas tank internals.
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Old 05-06-2017, 03:24 PM   #42
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OP has obviously bought it but here's a breakdown of expected costs:
160% of current registration fee ($46 x 1.6= $73.60)
$100 CHP late fee
$100 Reg late fee
Vehicle license fee: 0.65% of your motorcycle's value (Conservative est @ $4k = $260) Thx 1962sila
County/district fees: Between $1 and $19 each; vary by location.
Use tax: Between 7.5% to 10%; varies by county.
Yeah this was the biggest gotcha so far. A week after I got the bike I went down to the DMV to transfer the title and got a rude awakening: $650 in back fees + sales tax!

In hindsight I was got caught up in my excitement and blew off doing any DMV homework .

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Biggest plus for that bike is that it is in the DMV system. Nice score!
Gotta get my money's worth and get her running on the roads I help pay for.
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Old 05-06-2017, 11:40 PM   #43
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Session 2: RVF strip tease

Today the bodywork came off. I was eager to inspect the plastics and see what secrets they would reveal about the history of the bike. I was also hoping they would be OEM as they are quite expensive to replace.

It am almost positive they are the real deal - Honda lettering and mold artifacts. If they are the original set that came with the bike I would favor the bike has never been down.

The condition of the plastics was excellent. Shiny, clean, and no stripped threads or bosses. Even the underside of the front fender is smooth and free of road debris pitting. Hmmm, new? Properly washed and waxed they should make Swarovski proud.

Beyond some minor scratches, the worst I found was a 2cm hairline crack on the front fairing near the left headlamp. I invite expert advice on the best way to patch this. Fiberglass reinforce from the inside?

The windscreen is a bubble design. I'm pretty sure that is aftermarket. Also a few of its screws are missing.

One the lower cowls was secured with a loose nut on the inside while the other side had a weld nut on its support stay. I will have to take a closer look at that. Getting a spanner on the inside to hold the nut from spinning was a PITA. Need a smaller hand, younger eyes and a better tool set.

I cold tell much of the hardware are not original - lots of lock washers and flat washers that are too shiny and unrefined. This kinda stuff bothers me so I plan to make better by buying some stainless fasteners I found on eBay.

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Old 05-07-2017, 08:14 AM   #44
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Goddamn, that's some nice stock bodywork.

If you want to buy hardware from Honda, their fasteners are universal, and you can xref parts from CMSNL and your preferred US parts vendor. That may also help answer questions about what fasteners go where, stock.

As for the repair, you might consider plastic welding with your Dremel. There's a risk it'll damage the finish on the other side. Barring that, a little bit of epoxy and some FG matting will probably do the trick.
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