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Old 09-16-2009, 10:08 PM
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Default The 1984 CR80 Pre-Restore project


I'm new to this site and guess I should introduce myself first. My name is Mike and I live in Phoenix, AZ. This story all starts back in 1982 when my step-dad gave me my first bike (well, it was for all of us but I claim ownership) which was a 1982 Honda XL 100 I believe. I was only in 3rd grade at the time so my memory is not 100%.

A few years later I was blessed with my own bike (not shared) which was a 1984 CR80.. now this was a real bike! No head light, no blinkers, no brake light ... just pure 2-smoke raw power!!!

I rode the piss out of it until I got my 1988 CR125. (For Christmas)

Once on the CR125, I never paid much attention to the old CR80 and some how she was sold off and never thought of again. Well, years later during college, I sold the CR125 for beer and girl money but made a personal vow that I'd get back into bikes one way or another. In 1998 (after College and moving to Arizona) I got a street bike and did a little time on the track. I started to think to myself..... I need a pit bike.

I got to thinking about my old CR80 and decided that would make a perfect pit bike. Time went on and I looked for years for a 84 CR80 but couldn't find one that wasn't a basket case. Eventually, I switched away from road riding and started getting into desert racing in Mexico and Arizona. I've been racing SCORE in Baja Mexico since 2006. I've solo'd (and finished) the Baja 250, 500 and 1000 and been racing on other teams ever since.
(The finish line of the Baja 1000 (1047 miles) Mouse McCoy, Sal Fish and I. It took me 32hrs and 5min non-stop)

Well, in late 2007 I found a CR80 in excellent condition.... Thus... the pit bike / restore project starts.

The stock pipe is in excellent condition

Behind the front number plate...Looks like this was a California bike at one time.

The biggest damage to the bike... a bent radiator.. I'll have this fixed.

A little rubb'n on the frame !!!

The 100% OEM parts I have found so far (except for the seat cover)

Again... this bike is in excellent condition and runs like a champ!!! I paid $500 for the bike... but how can you put a price on something your obsessed with!

I don't plan to start the restore for another month or two because I'm still looking for a few parts. But, I will tell you this.. this CR80 is 99% stock and in great condition. I can't wait to track down the rest of the remaining parts I need.

I plan to start another thread once I get started with step by step progress reports.

Also, I'd like to down load a complete service manual if anyone has one in .pdf

Thanks and I hope you enjoy the project.

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Old 09-17-2009, 07:29 AM
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Welcome mrstein, and I'm enjoying this already!! The pics make the post!!
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Old 09-17-2009, 03:41 PM
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Nice story, nice pics!

For some reason that year of CR125 and 250 is my favorite looking machine...

Good luck with the project and keep the pics coming!
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Old 09-17-2009, 03:47 PM
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awsome post Mike cant wait to read about the restoration project coming
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Old 09-17-2009, 04:20 PM
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I'm sure dogger will see this and hook you up with a parts source. That little 80 looks like an awsome piece to start with. Have fun!
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Old 09-17-2009, 04:35 PM
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That little CR is in really good shape for its age. Can't wait to see the resto photos!
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Old 09-17-2009, 04:37 PM
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Man, I like your style. A little history, a great story and PICs. That what I like . Thanks for posting.
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Old 09-22-2009, 01:18 AM
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Not sure how I missed this, but what a great thread. I really enjoyed the personal history, and I'm really looking forward the the restore project.
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