March 2012 7
The 1985-86 Honda Shadow VT1100C used two ignition control modules, OEM part numbers 30400-MG8-005 & 30420-MG8-005. I want to know if the 1985-86 VT700 used the same modules. The modules were made by Hitachi but they no longer make them and Honda does not have any more in stock. I have spoken with various parts houses and salvage yards across the nation with no luck. I would like to know if the VT700 modules could be used because I have come across someone that has one for sale very cheap. The price of the VT700 would be less than the cost of the OEM modules (each module has a msrp of more than $300). The VT700 would cost me $500. If the modules are the same, it would be a deal worth making. Any comments? Any idea if the modules are interchangable? All help would be much appreciated. Chief
Hi Chief –
The Ignition Control Module on the VT700 is part number 30400-MK3-721 (replaces 30400-MK3-004)
Doesn’t look like you have a match.
Keep your eyes on eBay – You’ll find one eventually. It could be pricey though.
When I’m old and grizzled I want to be just like this guy.
Phil Funell from British Columbia. He’s somewhat famous in the BMW circles and attends all the ralleys. He has lots of great stories and tons of fantastic home brewed bike contraptions. In this video he talks about taking his bike across the Ice Road in the middle of winter.
Here is one of his crazy contraptions! He has more…..
Hi, Great Bikes you have!! I like your Yamahas the best. Do you sell them, or just keep them after you get them fix up? How big is your shop?
BIG ED XT&TT 600 FAN!!
I get a lot of shop questions. I’ve had lots of different work spaces over the years.
When I lived in a small apartment I worked out of here:
It was small and cozy, but I was able to get a lot done. I sealed it in with a tarp in the winter to try and keep it somewhat warm – but it didn’t work well.
Sometimes I have the bikes inside:
Then I upgraded to an excellent garage.
Man, I loved having that space. My landlord wasn’t thrilled though, hah!
When I’m on the road I work where-ever I can.
And there are lots of times I’ve worked out of storage units.
I pretty much just work where ever I can. I wish I had a great garage right now, but I don’t.
And to address your other question. No, I don’t keep them. I wish I could, but mostly I fix them up, ride them a while, then sell and buy something else.
I just found my old XR650R up for sale on a Russian Auction site. That’s me in the photos.
I sold it last year to an exporter who ships bikes to Japan. I’ve sold many vintage bikes to such outfits, but never encountered an exporter who dealt in dirtbikes (or modern bikes for that matter).
Speedway racing has really taken off in Japan and the bikes are just flat out incredible. They are one of the only series that allow for twin cylinder motors. Most of them are these AR600 race motors built by Yamaha specifically for the track.
I’ve been trying to figure out why they use external dampers on the forks. Seems strange to me. Any ideas?
I watch way too many motorcycle videos online, here’s a few I like.
The Higgspeed expansion chambers for GT750’s give the most incredible sound! I want!
Another incredible sounding bike – the Honda RC166 250cc 6 cylinder.
This is some serious touring on tiny little Honda z50’s. American’s get too fixated on the size of their ride~!
This is a gorgeous BMW /2
Some day I will own a CJ750 Side Valve with a sidecar. Not the matte military versions though.
Haha! Cool trick!
Here is Motolaw’s vid:
Amazing motocross national battle between James Stewart and Ricky Carmichael. The whole racing season that year was incredible because of these two. I remember watching this race on ESPN (or where ever) at the time and being transfixed by this battle. The best motocross season I’ve ever seen. I wish this video was in HD.
Anyone else like watching Japanese speedway racing on Youtube?
Their speedway bikes are crazy. Most country race regulations only have single cylinder speedway brackets, but Japan obviously allows twins – 2 strokes no less! Check out their custom bent handlebars!
Got this bike with 18k. Well taken care of but smashed headlight 12 years ago. In the process of locating light assembly and parts to get it running. The tank is a toaster but not original to the date 1971 so I want to get the original 6 gallon and paint it white. Any thoughts?
Hey Boxer – awesome bike! The /5’s are my favorite airheads by far. When I was cruising around on my R60/5 I always secretly wished it was an R75, however I did always like the super simple Bing carbs on the R60.
Your bike looks beautiful. I’m with you though – I prefer the 6 gallon touring tank to the toaster tanks. The tank will be hard to find, and expensive. There are many guys you prefer the toaster tanks and may be interested in swapping. The only two places you’re likely to find some tank options are on ebay and on the BMW motorcycle owners forumshttp://www.bmwmoa.org/. Your search will be long and difficult, so I wish you luck.
You are right that the perfect tank for your bike is a white 6 gallon. Personally, I would only want a tank with original paint, even if the paint was beat up. I love the look of a nice old worn original paint job.
How does the bike run? I notice you have the spark plug leads disconnected and the carb is being tinkered with.