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Old 11-10-2014, 07:33 PM   #1
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My Honda for summer

I finally decided to get my motorcycle license, and found a neat bike for sale about an hour and a half away from me.



It's a 1990 Honda cb-1. A 400cc 4cylinder engine with gear driven dohc. I really liked the look of the bike and was able to pick it up for $1400. It isn't in perfect condition but I thought it was a fair price. I'll be fixing a few things on it before spring comes, but it's pretty well set to go. I just need to buy some riding gear so I'm set to go.

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Old 11-12-2014, 05:47 AM   #2
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Awesome dude, thing looks like a hoot. I have found "slower" bikes to be just as much fun and you don't have to go 100mph!
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Thanks, I have a little experience riding a dirtbike but almost no experience riding a road legal bike. I didn't want to buy something that has more power than I can handle as a first bike. I think this bike will suit me well for some time. And seeing as they were only abailae in the U.S. for '89-'90 I will probably never sell it.
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My only advice is to learn to ride defensively, with braking AND throttle.

Also, I have a 170hp Aprilia and a 48hp Honda. Which do you think I ride more?

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I'm going to say the Honda haha
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I'm going to say the Honda haha
Hard to argue with waterproof luggage, huge seat and 55mpg!

But weekend hooning belongs here:



Just keep the shiny side up!
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Cool bike, TurboJohnny. The relative rarity in a nice bonus, too. That's plenty of power and should be a great first bike. I assume nice and light, too.

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Awesome dude, thing looks like a hoot. I have found "slower" bikes to be just as much fun and you don't have to go 100mph!
^this. IMO, it's 90% about the corners. Full throttle gets boring and tiring.

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My only advice is to learn to ride defensively, with braking AND throttle.
^this, too. Be always alert and wear good gear. Even being hit by small stones and large bugs makes me appreciate being fully covered with a full-face helmet.
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Old 11-13-2014, 07:01 AM   #8
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Yep, I don't leave the house without riding boots, gloves, full helmet, clear glasses and armored jacket. Turbojohnny, get yourself some gear dude. Work boots are not sufficient. They do not provide the ankle support for when the bike falls on you. Seen too many people get major stitches on their feet from the footpeg cutting them open.
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oh definitely. I'm expecting to spend close to what i spent on the bike, on gear. if not more.
I already bought a pair of these gloves, and i have a decent helmet. I just need to pick out boots, pants, and a jacket.
any recommendations?


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Old 11-14-2014, 08:42 AM   #10
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replaced the stock turn signals with something a little less obtrusive.




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Nice, much better. They look like knockoff Rizomas.
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Nice, much better. They look like knockoff Rizomas.
Exactly what they are. I wanted rizomas, but $60 per signal?!! I got these from ebay, I think they were $30 a pair.
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i just wear flipflops and shorts when i ride
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Old 11-16-2014, 01:09 PM   #14
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When you ride your big wheel?
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Old 02-04-2016, 09:28 AM   #16
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so I actually sold this bike last summer. When I bought it I paid $1400, and I sold it for $1500. I didn't really make any money after adding the small things I did. But oh well.

A couple drove all the way up from the Poconos in PA. and stuffed the bike into their honda element. It was really nice to see it go to a good home. The Honda was a really nice bike, but it was a kind of small for me. (I'm 6' tall and about 250lbs.)

I just wanted a bike that I could cruise around on and not worry much about.

So I bought this...



A 1982 Suzuki GS650L. it is a very comfortable bike that just rides so smoothly. I paid $700, this was a one owner bike with 10k original miles on it. I just had to replace the battery and then pull the carbs off and thoroughly clean them. the speedometer seems to have dried up inside and squeals loudly but I have a replacement on the way. and I might also replace the rear shocks. but other than that I'm just going to keep on riding it. I can't wait to get our bikes out again this spring.
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Nothing wrong with using the Honda for a year and coming out even. Too bad it didn't suit you; cool little bike.

The Suzuki certainly takes you in a different direction, but now you're finding what you like. Good deal and should be pretty worry-free.
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Thats awesome. There is something about 80's Japanese bikes.
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I agree, I don't think these bikes will ever really go out of style.
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