It's been a while, but I managed to do some work on this bike, some good, some.... less so.
First off, the good. I took some time this winter to get a new seat cover to replace the old tattered one. This is when I found out that, in their infinite wisdom, Honda decided the best way to secure the old cover was to glue the chrome strip on to the bottom of the vinyl, then secure that to the seat pan via 8 or so large tabs. It works great when it was new. Less so when NO replacement seat cover now can include this strip.
Thankfully I was able to rivet some tack strips to the pan and finished the edge off with some chrome from from an auto parts store. It looks rather good.
Now the bad news. Of the original parts still on this bike, the sidecovers were included in that group. Mostly because unlike nearly everything else, they still looked really good. Dang near mint. Well, emphasis on "looked".
This is what happens when your mounting grommets are a bit too tight and you pop them off in the wrong order.
Hey, only an $85 fix!
But this also got me thinking. By the time I'm done, the only original part left on the bike will be the engine. There is a thought experiment called the Theseus Ship paradox. Basically, this guy Theseus had a ship, and would replace parts as they wore out. Eventually, after decades of ownership, he had replaced at least every bit of the ship at least once. The question is, was it still the same ship?
Now, I don't normally name my bikes, but "Theseus" does have a certain ring to it...
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1969 CT90- Needs rear tube and possibly rings
1976 GL1000 (Yellow)- Carb Shenanigans.
1984 GL1200 Standard- For Sale!
1980 KZ1300- Carb balancing when the weather warms up
1972 CB750 Barn Find- Tires and Head Bearings
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