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Adding right-hand switch nonsense and whatever else is in staging.

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Sam Jacoby
Sam Jacoby committed Feb 11, 2014
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author: Delmore Schwartz
title: In Dreams Begin Responsibilities
summary: Delmore Schwartz's classic 1935 short story.
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title: Motorcycles are Fun
summary: In which I discover what everyone else already knew, by way of a 1972 Honda CB500
summary: In which I discover what everyone else already knew
date: 2013-10-21 23:30:01
thumbnail: motorcycle.jpg
track: True
---
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Obeying a primordial need within the soul, I was compelled to acquire a 1972 Honda motorcycle. As of this writing, it's a 41 year-old machine, and requires continuous attention. That is part of the fun.
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I've found great satisfaction in working : tracing down bad electrical connections, adjusting the tappets, changing the tires, my hands dabbed with oil, inhaling petroleum's intoxicating bouquet. Why, I just might write [a book](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen_and_the_Art_of_Motorcycle_Maintenance) about it.{{ macros.render_footnote("zen-1", "†") }}
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Obeying a widely-known primordial need within the soul, I was compelled to acquire a 1972 Honda motorcycle. It's a 41 year-old machine and requires continuous attention. That is part of the fun. This is mostly a place for me to keep track of notes.
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I've found great satisfaction in working on it: tracing down corroded electrical connections, adjusting the timing, changing the tires. I lean back, hands dabbed with oil and inhale the petroleum's intoxicating bouquet... Why, I just might write [a book](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen_and_the_Art_of_Motorcycle_Maintenance) about it.{{ macros.render_footnote("zen-1", "†") }}
## Maintenance Table
I've been working my way down this, little by little. It's pretty handy.
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## Right-Hand Switch Rebuild
For awhile I've had terrible problems with the electrics (particular the starter), so I decided to restore that whole pathway, from the right-hand switch (home to the ignition button) on down to the starter solenoid (which feeds the starter motor) on to the starter itself.
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There are some great write-ups in the SOHC4 forums on how to rebuild the bars where the switch lives--so I'll leave most of it to the experts. The toughest part of the whole job was simply removing the switch in the first place. Some of the screws were pretty badly rusted and stripped (my fault), so I had to work some magic with a screw extractor. Those things have saved me twice now.
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Removing the screw. A real pain, as I didn't have a vise or anything to hold the bars steady, so they were wiggling all over the place. Kind've had to brace it and get at it from beneath--and then hammer upwards into myself.
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The screws were mangled, but rather than getting myself to Ace and figuring out what the threads were to replace, so I ordered replacement screws direct from Bike Bandit. It's insane that this stuff is still stocked, in little individually-wrapped plastic bags with part numbers no less.
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Here's everything pulled off and disassembled. You can see some of the remaining shreds of PVC tubing that the cable ran through (I replaced it with heatshrink).
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## Resources
- [SOHC4 Forums](http://forums.sohc4.com)
- [CB500 Clymer Manual]()
I re-soldered the leads to the phenolic plate that backs against the kill switch. See that helping hand? It's helping.
- [CB500 Shop Manuel](PDF)
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A dab of grease helps keep the spring-loaded bearing that keeps pressure on the grooved plate in place (I don't know any of the right terms.)
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And polished the grooved connectors that control the high and low beams on the headlight.
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I also cleaned up the connectors to the starter switch (I bought new OEM parts for that, as well as 3D-printed some examples.)
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And then screwed the whole beast back together.
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The final cleaned and re-assembled right-hand switch (RHS) for a 1972 CB500.
## Resources
- [SOHC4 Forums](http://forums.sohc4.com)
- [CB500 Clymer Manual](http://www.amazon.com/Cb350-550Cc-1971-1978-Clymer-Motorcycle-Manuals/dp/0892876530/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383324794&sr=1-1&keywords=cb500+clymer)
- [Honda CB500 Manuals](http://www.sohc4.net/cb500-manuals/ ) (Courtesy of SOHC4)
- [New England Honda Guys](http://nehondaguys.info/)
{{ macros.render_footnote("zen-1", "†", "Never read it. Hear it's not really about motorcycles.") }}
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