I picked up a couple CB650’s last fall. One of them was torn down to do a restoration/rebuild and the other was stripped down for parts. Over the course of a week I completely rebuilt one of them. The top end of the motor is rebuilt, the frame was painted, and every part was cleaned and reassembled. The new exhaust came in this winter and now that it is warm I’ll be finishing up the project. This is the third cb650 I’ve owned. They are great bikes.
1980 Honda CB650
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Ron15 years ago
Evan, a friend of mine (non-mechanical guy) gave me his 1980 Honda CB650 Custom to get running this winter. So far I have taken off the carbs, it wouldn’t run but fired using ether. The head gasket has an oil leak of some kind. Can I replace that without taking the engine off the bike? Also, the lower areas are leaking oil badly. Are there some gaskets there which should be replaced?
Evan15 years ago
The old Hondas, and for some reason the old 650â€™s in particular, often start weeping oil through the head and base gaskets. This is generally more common in bikes that have either been ridden real hard, or not been ridden much. Sitting is very bad for gaskets and they will dry out over time. However, replacing the gaskets on your 650 isnâ€™t a hard job. When I had my 650 motor apart it was out of the frame, but I think there is enough room to remove the head and cylinders without pulling the motor. I would run a couple searches on the forums over at sohc4.com to find out for sure.
Youâ€™ll want new head and cylinder base gaskets. They can be had at lots of online locations. Iâ€™m sure you can find some using a few of the links on my site.
The carbs will more than likely clean up fine. Just pull the bowls and clean out all the jets and passageways. Itâ€™s a dirty job, but itâ€™s gratifying once the bike is purring smoothly.
Let me know how it goes!
PK15 years ago
Hi Evan, I’ve got a 1980 Honda 650CB custom and over the past year the starter on the clutch has been slipping….it sounds like hell when it doesn’t catch. How hard is it to replace the starter or the just the clutch. All the mechanics here want $1000.00 to do the job but if it’s a matter of pulling everything apart and putting in a new clutch I can give it a go. Thanks in advanceReplyCancel
Holly D.15 years ago
My Fiance has a 1980 Honda CB650C. Our 4 year anniversary is this coming June and I thought I would find him some highway/freeway bars. I have looked for over 5 hours and I sware there isn’t an item available for this bike. I just I was just hoping maybe you knew exactly where I could find one! 🙂
By the way your bikes look awesome!!
Thank you for any help at all!
– Holly D.ReplyCancel
Anonymous15 years ago
i have a cb650 custom and as i was helping take the carbs off the bike my dad broke this little part on the bottom of the carb in front of the bowl. it is like a jet of some kind probably some air jet. he broke the piece that has the flat head groove in it but it also has like a handle thing that stops it from turning to far in i think. wut is this and what does it do? thanks!ReplyCancel
Evan15 years ago
Highway bars, luggage racks, and other after market parts are no longer produced for these bikes. Really the only option you have is watching ebay for people parting out machines. I have seen a couple freelance builders who designed and sold racks and highway bars on eBay, but I doubt they have made enough money to stay in business. Finding a used part is about as good as you can do. Good Luck.
The screw jets that you speak of are the air mixture screws. They meter the amount of air gettin into the motor at idle. They are extremely brittle and I am also guilty of breaking some off. Once they’re broken you are pretty much out of luck, just hope they are set correctly and let them be. If you try to drill them out or use an Easy-Out you will probably do more harm than good. Generally speaking those screws should be about 1.5 turns out from lightly seated. Having them mis-adjusted will make it difficult to get your bike idling smoothly, but you never know until you fire it up. You might just luck out and find that they are set properly and don’t need adjustment anyway.
Anonymous15 years ago
thanks evan, but we were just tinkering with that carb because we checked compression on all and was good and then they all had spark but yet it wasnt running right cuz we knew that it wasnt getting proper air/fuel mixture on that carb because the spark plug wasnt burning any fuel. so i guess we werent lucky that day because we broke that air jet but we found out that it was the problem. we figured it wasnt set right because it was turned opposite of the others as we turned it it snapped off. lmao oh well do you know wut they would cost then? couple bucks?ReplyCancel
Anonymous15 years ago
I just got a 1980 cb650c, i rode it off the lot and made it about 10-15 miles before it started to strugle starting from a stop. Then it gave up and died. The dealer told me that it would need carb work but said i could ride it home. But now it will not start…it wont turn over but i can hear the starter at lest try to crank it over. Any advice on how to get it running again?
Thanks for the helpReplyCancel
14 years ago
Your problem might be just as simple as a toasted battery. It is REAL unlikely that you seized the motor while riding home, and if you did you’d probably know. If you had a near dead battery and drove at low rpm’s the bike might have drained the remaining juice from the battery stopping it from running and preventing it from starting again.
Check your battery.
Robert14 years ago
enjoyed reading your site and the individuals with 650s..i just funished making one good 81 CB 650 for my son..we ended up finding a parts bike,got that engine running and transfered to my sons bike.we took the extra parts and stripped the old engine.I have available a original luggage rack that could be recromed or ceramic coated, a extra crankshaft,and a rear fender,front fork assembly..if any of your readers are interested let them know..Thanks…….RobertReplyCancel
kevin14 years ago
i just got my 1980 CB 650 out of my buddies barn yesterday.
i looked at the last time i registered it and that was in 1998.
where can i get an exhaust kfor my bike. I am going to ressurect it. I have 24,000 miles in that saddle and wnat to restore it . It really is in pretty good shape considering
I appreciate any help you can offer
Bob7 years ago
Hi Evan, I have an 80 cb650c that I’ve owned for 5 years. I parked it last winter and stupidly left it uncovered. T the beginning of the summer, I charged the battery and it tried to crank. Wouldn’t turn over but it tried. Left it alone for a few weeks and tried again. Nothing this time. I replaced the battery but now I can get nothing. The electronics work and I’m getting 12.44 volts at the battery. Just when I hit the starter button I get a “chunk” sound but the motor doesn’t turn. Replaced the starter and solenoid but still nothing. Any thoughts?ReplyCancel
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