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    Parts availability

    As far as I can gather, the only thing that commonly goes wrong on these bikes are the CCT, R/R and stator, all of which are readily available. So does that mean keeping an '03 running up to say, 50K+ should be a non issue?

    I'm not really seeing age as a reason to not buy one?

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    Re: Parts availability

    Got 189,000 miles on mine so thinking you'll be ok
    Route 191 formerly Route 666 Some say that this section of the
    road has 1100 curves in 95 miles.

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    Re: Parts availability

    I'm not really seeing age as a reason to not buy one?
    I've had one of my Birds for 19 years now and whilst I have seen some parts become unavailable I can't see that as a reason for not buying. Generally the unobtainable parts that you can't get are the obscure ones (PCB for carbies / early inj's) and stuff like that, there is plenty of aftermarket availability of service items. I expect to be riding my Bird for a lot more years yet and what will get it off the road will be my old age!

    (my Bird is low mileage compared to Beestoys, 114,000 miles)
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    Re: Parts availability

    I have a 97 carb bird and the top radiator hose is not available. I tried an aftermarket hose set but it did not fit. Had to construct a workaround which is perfectly functional but probably not ideal.

    I would not have thought this hose was obscure, but the bike is over 20 years old and only so many were made so perhaps understandable.

    Sean

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    Re: Parts availability

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandgroper View Post
    I have a 97 carb bird and the top radiator hose is not available. I tried an aftermarket hose set but it did not fit. Had to construct a workaround which is perfectly functional but probably not ideal.

    I would not have thought this hose was obscure, but the bike is over 20 years old and only so many were made so perhaps understandable.

    Sean
    Samco sells the whole set of hoses for $310 US dollars lifetime guarantee

    OR some of these
    https://www.ebay.com/p/Fit-Honda-Cbr...xoCe8gQAvD_BwE

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    Re: Parts availability

    Decided today that I'm officially in the market for one. Have a '99 locally but the owner will be out of the country for a torturous 2-3 months. I'll be looking for others everyday.

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    Re: Parts availability

    on the carbed models the TPS is not available as are the mirrors which are as rare as hens teeth
    and other body parts which you need to get from chinkyland
    the rads can be had but are the cost of the bike so they have to also be either 2nd hand ( usually partly rotted )or chinky
    inner bits are usually not an issue
    i spoke to my multi dealer and he said that the spares policy of Honda is at end of production is to estimate 10 yrs of supply and buy a close out lot of parts
    when they are exhausted thats it= end of the line
    yam and kawa and suz still keep critical parts in production long after that
    so for my hondas i always make up one of those multi compartment parts trays with the needed parts to keep me going 5 years
    then i can sleep well at night
    so my advice is to play safe and have a reserve of critical parts
    in any case as the parts get scarcer and scarcer they will only increase in value so you will almost never loose money

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    Re: Parts availability

    Should I count on having to replace the brake lines? The one I'm looking at has been well stored but still wondering.

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    Re: Parts availability

    Yes after I believe it's 10 years replace stock rubber lines. While your at it upgrade to braided and your replacement issue pretty much disappears. As for body work there's such a huge following that parts are out there kw from aftermarket. Mirror housings are the same between carby and FI. The only difference can be the signal lenses. But those are available aftermarket too. High failure items are the stator and R/R. Replace the R/R with a newer MOSFET design and you'll get reliability and a better charging system to boot. CCT's can be problematic. But still available, here is a trick I found for them. Remove the unit. Then carefully unclip the retainer wire, carefully lift the base plate and put 2 more tension turns on the spring. Reset it in the body reset the retaining wire making sure the open ends are on a solid section of the body and not hanging in the gaps and reinstall the CCT. I'm over 30,000 miles on the one I have in here now that has actually started to rattle.
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    Route 191 formerly Route 666 Some say that this section of the
    road has 1100 curves in 95 miles.


 

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