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Old 05-12-2008, 03:57 AM   #1
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Hey I own a Honda Twinstar and love it so far. It's perfect for me starting out on and so far it's been pretty reliable. Anyways just wanted to see what you guys think about the Twinstars and any tips I should know about keeping it running well for as long as I can will be greatly appreciated. I'll post pics when I get my digital camera working...Thanks and I look forward to hearing your opinions...
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Old 05-12-2008, 07:41 AM   #2
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My dad has owned 2 and rode them basically for 15 years. He liked them a lot. Whenever you can find spare switches and what not from a recycler get them. I think he only had some problems once with the throttle cable, starter/turn signal switch and rectifier along with the usual maintenance during the whole time he owned either one. A spare rectifier is a good item to have as well. Thats one of the most expensive parts on the bike
that will usually go out. Simple bike and reliable as hell.
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Old 08-19-2008, 04:15 PM   #3
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I have an 1980 Twinstar and love it a lot. I'm 5'11' 230lbs, everyone said it would be too small.

"You won't be able to take it on the highway!" So, never wanted to. It's great around town, 70+ miles per gallon. No problem running up to 55 mph. (could go more but I'm chicken) Has about the same acceleration as a 4 cylinder car.

Advise, change the oil. Bought mine recently, while I was getting new tires, had the oil changes. The bike had more power, gear box was smoother, less vibration, and the motor sounded better. Guess it had been a while since the previous owner changed it.

For parts, I have found Ebay and Craigslist to have plenty of parts. I used BikeBandit to order the tire, I won't work with them. Have had a good experience with Motorcycle super store.

Repair manual. Clymer Twinstar 1978-1981. They are on ebay. Don't get the moder one that groupd the twinstar in with the Nighthawk and Rebel. I followed the set up instructions for handle bars, breaks and shifter lever. Over the years, people had "Played" with the positioning. I much prefer the stock setup.
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Old 08-20-2008, 01:47 AM   #4
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Default twinstars rule!

I think I'm going to end up getting a twinstar at the rate fuel prices are going. I plan on starting a career with NS railroad this year and I could use something thats fast enough for regular highways, but not the interstate and gets great fuel mileage.
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Old 08-20-2008, 08:02 AM   #5
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Old 08-22-2008, 12:21 AM   #6
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I've got an 81 200 Twinstar I bought for my daughter(she has yet to ride it).
On the speedometer it shows the shift pattern and it indicates that you can take it up to 50 mph in 3rd. I find that in 4th at that speed it sounds pretty wound up. What have any of you guys had one up to? Mine is in top form.
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Old 08-26-2008, 12:35 AM   #7
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I have an 81 cm200t. Its been a great bike although right now I'm trying to fix a major oil leak. Ive gotten it up to 65mph. a little scary on a bike that small.
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Old 09-23-2008, 01:39 AM   #8
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My CL200 did 65 too without a problem. It was very smooth and the engine sounded like it was enjoying it too. The bike's previous owner got the bike up to 80 mph.. not a wise decision though.

The only advice I can offer so far, as I'm a very new owner to my CL, is to change the oil often. It does not have a normal oil filter, so the oil will get dirty quickly. Don't put in "energy conserving" oil either.. it will damage your clutch parts.

P.S. - Nice bike, point. I'm looking forward to taking my CL on the 1600 mile journey from ND to BC haha. I'm not sure I'm crazy for thinking about it or not. I go to Agassiz, the other side of Chilliwack during the summer.
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:46 PM   #9
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80?? that IS nuts. And a trip to B.C. thats nuts also, but very doable. sounds like fun. I would love to do a trip like that on mine. I would definitely be making a lot of pit stops.
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Old 09-26-2008, 12:01 AM   #10
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hey group, just checking in here, too....

Am glad to hear such positive input from the group for the model. I know the twinstars have been around and evolved into the current rebel, so there is some legacy there.
Being a sure advocate of the old Hondas, I have every expectation this bike will be easy to get running and keep running, like every one I've run into previously.

Dunno about your Trans Canada trek, but I might buzz mine the 25 miles into nearby Portland, Oregon. At 200 cc, I expect it can hold 55 mph, though there's a couple hills that will test it's gumption.
I won't be hitting a true freeway, so 55-60 mph will be quite adequate.

Mostly, it's a hobby bike, something to fiddle with... also, my gf has never ridden but wants to learn.
SCORE!!! I'm gonna nurture that, you can be sure. I figure this little bike will be a perfect trainer for her.

I've included a camera phone pic from where I picked my bike up, 9-21-08

I'll keep the board posted as I get along with it.
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Old 09-26-2008, 02:10 AM   #11
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very nice. Yesterday I saw a twinstar completely flat blacked out in portland. engine, pipes, wheels, everything. It looked awesome.
I am tried to get my girlfriend to learn on mine but shes a little scared still. but it is the perfect learner bike
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Old 09-30-2008, 06:11 AM   #12
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My motorcycle mechanics keeps one out front, its the shop bike if you need to run to the parts store or across town for something.

I always gave him massive **** for riding up in the little thing....one day he had enough and told me if I was going to make fun of his little bike I had to atleast ride it.

Im 6ft4in and weight 320lbs.....I straddled that little 200cc Twinstar and took off thinking the bike was a joke.

It REALLY surprised me. It had no issue pulling me along at 55mph or faster if I wanted. It was a blast to ride and was a good little bike. I have to admit I was cramped on it a bit...but doable for small distances.

After that I started looking around for one....for a beater bike.

Found a 1979 185cc Twinstar with hard bags and a small fairing on it....1200 original miles for $600obo.

Ive called and left 2 messages, no reply....I think I missed the boat.
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Old 10-02-2008, 11:08 AM   #13
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Hi. I'm new to the forum. I bought my Twinstar new in 1980. Yesterday I bought an '81 with only 1650 miles. I've also had a '78 (donor bike) and '79. If you haven't already figured it out, I really like these little bikes. Generally dependable and easy to work on when they are not. The only problem I haven't resolved is speedometer squeal. Anyone else had this problem?
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Old 10-07-2008, 11:57 AM   #14
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Just got a new speedometer cable on my CL200 (old one didn't work at all) and it's completely silent. Such a relief to have the speedo going.

Where is the squeal from, the speedometer itself?
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Old 10-07-2008, 09:18 PM   #15
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Default odd Twinstar from Craigslist

This bike was listed in the Seattle Craig's but you may have seen this in Portland. It reminds me of the blacked out bike you described.


And here's my bike at the post office. I finally got it registered y'day and had to take a spin.
That seat was just a test run. I have the original back on now.

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Old 10-09-2008, 03:32 PM   #16
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Yes, the squeal is in the speedometer. I thought about squirting WD-40 or some powdered graphite up the hole where the light goes, but I didn't want to fog the lens. Otherwise, I guess I'll have to find a way to open the case and reseal it.
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Old 10-21-2008, 02:00 PM   #17
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I will have had my 78 Twinstar for approximately one year tomorrow. I bought it for $400 from a friend, it had 7,400 miles on it at the time of purchase. Getting it registered was quite a hassle (the plates that came with it expired before I was born), I ended up having to pay for the last guy on the title before me to title it in his name before it could be registered under my name. Thoroughly annoying. Since I finally got current plates on it two weeks ago I've put on about 300 miles, I love it.
The highest speed I made it to was 70 mph on a back road just outside of Oshkosh, WI. Wind speed definitely affects how fast I can go. I can normally hold it at about 60 mph no problem on the small highway between my hometown and the city I currently live in, but this past Sunday was a windy one and a few of the gusts dropped me below 50 mph.
I kind of want to do some chopping on it but don't have any of my tools at my apartment and no garage space. I figure it will still be a while before I have the money for a Harley, so I can at least try to make my Honda look bad ass as possible. The first thing I'd change would be that big old seat. Anyone here do any modifications to theirs?
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:47 PM   #18
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Default seat mod on twinstar... i just did!!

i agree about that seat. I wacked mine ... er a replacement I got on ebay for $55... I have the original in case I wanna sell the bike later.... anyway

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Default some pics how I bobbed my seat

I have some other pics but these give a glimpse at the process. 'Was no big deal really.

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here's a couple more shots along the way.
I used the wire brush in the drillmotor and knocked the brown scale off. I didn't try to take it down to steel, but by the time I got all the rust off, there were spots where I did. The spray paint is Walmarts cheapy sale brand, fwiw.

If you look at these shots, you;ll see the seat was a big longer than it is today. I was basically done, admiring the result, when I decided the belt and that extra couple inches had to go. It only took a few more minutes... and it was after that adjustment that I got the idea to take the hack saw to the extra seat frame.



I used the cheapy ace hardware metal blade in my jigsaw and it worked just fine, giving a tidy accurate cut.
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In my horsetrading parts for the CM400, I got a hold of a new set of low rise bars.
The high rise bars that are stock on the Twinstar really add to the dork factor. I read one online note from a guy that'd painted his up and used it in Shriner's parades. That's just about what the stockbars and fat bob seat made the bike suited for... the circus.

Now I've swapped mine out and it's transformed the bike.
I tried a test spin just 500 feet up the street and back and it felt good. But once I got everything set and the World Series had ended, I went out for a five mile ride. It suddenly feels like a much more serious bike. Better balance and control, better posture, and it just feels more comfortable.

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I'm really wishing I could see the pictures you attached, but everytime I click on the links this pops up:

"amnesiac87, you do not have permission to access this page. This could be due to one of several reasons:

Your user account may not have sufficient privileges to access this page. Are you trying to edit someone else's post, access administrative features or some other privileged system?
If you are trying to post, the administrator may have disabled your account, or it may be awaiting activation."

Anyone know what that's about? Couldn't find any info about it in the FAQs or forums. Definitley want to check out these pictures though.
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:59 PM   #23
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I think somewhere I read you couldn't see pics until you x number of posts, but I can't remember exactly where I read it. Just keep checking back on this thread as you post and you should be able to view it soon. If you still can't see it after, say 10 posts, find a Moderator and ask them about it.
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I posted pics in 'register your bike'
http://www.motorcycleforum.com/showt...341#post543341
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I can see pics now and I gotta say that your twinstar looks great. The seat and the bars make it look more like a roadster type bike and less like a glorified scooter. I know what I'm doing to mine over the winter.
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The bars are the biggest upgrade and you can do it in a couple hours. The cables take some fiddlin' but they'll work just fine.
As for the seat, again it doesn't take much.

But thx, I agree. It looks great and rides like a real bike now, too.
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Old 03-12-2009, 02:30 AM   #27
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I have a 1981 Honda Twinstar 200 for my 16 yr old and am having a hard time trying to find a shifter. Do you know of anyone or anywhere I could find one to purchase?
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Mitch. Wish I could help but mostly it's a treasure hunt finding that stuff. Look for local bike wreckers, ask local dealers and of course Ebay.
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Hi there I own a 80 200 twinstar with 6 volt system. I've had mine for about 2 months and am loving it. It's hard trying to decide what modifications to take on it, but i think i've finally decided to go cafe racer style. I top out at 73 mph right now, and its all stock. I'll be going with an after market minuki carb, new intake filter, new bars, and im gonna see what i can do with the light scheme. I've seen some pics of a few sweet cafe style twinstars and it seems like a very simple conversion so here goes you can see a picture of it with drag bars on my profile, next pics should be dramatically different
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I just bought an '80 twinstar. It is my first bike and I don't have too much mechanical experience. Currently it is not starting well. I got it from a friend of mine and I know it was running last summer but took a great deal of effort to get it started. He had to push it some 10 odd times before he was able to ride it.

I just bought a repair manual and a carburetor kit to repair that. I am also going to change the oil and replace the battery. I have to assume that the engine is working pretty well because once he had it running it was fine, starting was the only problem.

I had a few questions for those who may know a great deal more about this than I do:

First of all, I see posted here that it doesn't have a "normal" oil filter, so change often. I have also read, from less reliable sources, that it doesn't have an oil filter, which seems unlikely to me. Does this mean that I don't need to change the filter? I don't see easy access to one like on other bikes.

My second question is that the headlight is very dim. I don't know if it is because this bike is old and just has a dim light or if there are electrical problems. I know the battery doesn't hold a charge well so could this be the problem?

Am I on the right track for fixing this? I smelled the oil (which I don't know if he ever changed...) and it smells like fuel to me. Does this point to carb issues?

Any information you guys have would be GREATLY appreciated! I can't wait to get this running! Thanks!
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I bought my '80 Twinstar new. It's a great bike. I've had a '78, '79 and '81, too.
Change the oil every 1000 miles or at least once a year and you will be fine.
No filter on this bike. It doesn't need it as it is designed for street use. If you are using it in dirty conditions you may want to change the oil more frequently.
The 6v system never had a lot of power, thus the weak headlight. A new battery will probably help. The bike won't run without a battery, and a weak battery may let it run, but with problems. Check all your bulbs (headlight, turnsignals, instrument lights) to see that they are 6v and the correct size. You might have one or more that are 12v and aren't getting enough juice.
The carb is the most likely cause of not running. It is possible you have a stuck float and plugged overflow tube, thus directing fuel into the motor and crankcase. Let me know if you need instructions for removing, cleaning, adjusting the carb. That, and a new battery should get you going. Reply to this thread if you have more questions.
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Thanks dstrouts! I am waiting for my Clymer manual, carb repair kit, and new battery in the mail. I'll post back with my progress.
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I found a 1978 185t for sale for $500, should I buy it? I have been looking for a CB to turn into a Cafe Racer, but $500 seems pretty good.
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If it's even decent mechanically, then it's a bargain. Sometimes a cheap bike can cost more than a mid priced bike with just a few things wrong.
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Thanks. The ad says it is in great running and looking condition. I really wanted something with a little more power but $500 sounds good.

I also have my eyes on a Suzuki GT185 for $799.
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I just picked up a 1978 twinstar...I have a service manual....any chance of getting a users manual?
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I am in need of help....
1978 Twinstar.

THe origional owner was charging the battery on the bike (bad move) and accidently touched the frame. Now the front and read signal indicators do not work.
I checked the bulbs and main fuse and they are ok. Is there something else I should look at?
The bike starts and the horn works and UI think the break light works

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hadog,
check the turnsignal switch. you might have a burnt contact. move it back and forth several times. if that doesn't help, open up the switch and check it out. it might need to te taken apart and cleaned. check for continuity between the switch and the light.
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I have an '80 twinstar that I'm slowly turning into a rat bike chopper. I'm not the most experienced mechanic but I was wondering if there was a compatible carb. that was maybe a little bigger. Anyone?
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So over the last week I took apart my carburetor and completely cleaned it out. I replaced all the seals and the fuel line. I put it back together and everything seemed to go well. The only part that had me confused was the choke arm.

I replaced the battery with a new one and looks like it's a lot better. My last battery really didn't hold a charge at all. This one is probably only a little bit charged after being filled and seems like it is holding a lot more power than my last ever did.

Lastly I changed the oil which really needed to be done.

Unfortunately it's still not working. I haven't been able to get it started. It sounds like it's not getting spark when I kick or push it. I tired the electric starter but it just spins and doesn't even start to turn over.

I did replace the spark plugs recently but it was sitting unused for about 2-3 weeks with the new plugs in before I tried to use it. I am going to get new plugs again tomorrow and just keep them for later if that's not the problem.

Let me know if anyone has any ideas what else could be wrong. I heard that it takes a long time to get it started from a clean carburetor. Would starter fluid be a worth while investment? Would I have to take off the air intake to put starter fluid in, I have never done that before? Any info would be great!

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