MP Proj. 001 Honda CL 360 Part 6: Rocker Arms & Paranoia

Honda CL 360: To worry, or not to worry, that is the question.

Honda CL 360: To worry, or not to worry, that is the question.

Once you have a motor apart for the first time (this is my first Honda CL 360), there are some things that start to worry you.  The look of something scratched, or a little out of alignment, starts to make you wonder if you chose the wrong donor for a rebuild… 

But then you realize you are just being paranoid, and that perhaps any bike, after 35 years, will have some of these issues.  That’s why we choose a bike like the old Honda CL 360, right?  They are meant to ride for decades, with little to no attention given to them, only to be resurrected by some kook, with a vision for what original or new-found glory might be restored to it…

My latest concern is the look of the rocker arm.  It has some slight pitting on it, and I am wondering if this is a big deal or not.  It seems to be from normal wear and tear, but I can’t tell if something has run afoul inside, causing the scarring.  I will have to do some more research, to see if we can find the cause of these marks, and whether it will create a problem once the engine is buttoned back up.

For now, I will go on the assumption that these rocker arms will work, and do some more checking to make sure there is not any more serious damage to the internals.  Fortunately, there are some great resources for these old bikes, and I will be posting some questions to ease the fear that this engine is shot…

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