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12-25-2013, 11:53 AM
Starting on January 1, 2014.
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Robert Luland
12-25-2013, 12:28 PM
You wouldn't mind cluing us in, would ya?

12-25-2013, 04:59 PM
The oldest motorized vehicle I own is a Honda CX500 and it will be 35 years old in seven more days.

12-25-2013, 10:35 PM
I bet it has been 35 years old for a while already. What is the build date on the frame sticker? Model years generally start in the Fall, and Honda was no different than any others.

12-26-2013, 10:23 PM
I've never found a frame sticker with a build date, but then I've never really looked. However, the numerical sequence puts it in the first 2500 for the 1979 model year, so yeah, 35 years already.

12-27-2013, 11:01 AM
I put a bunch of miles on one of those great bikes and later bought a 1-year-only '83 650. Wish I'd kept them all.

12-27-2013, 09:49 PM
The only thing I can find not to like about it is the cam chain/tensioner design. I've upgraded to the latest and greatest circa 1983 timing set. So, if I keep an eye on it, stay on the adjustments, and keep the oil changed, it should all be good. I've installed a new, not NOS, user serviceable CDI. Also replaced the failure prone fan-grenade with an electric one.

It will never be a points bike, but I like it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/bikamper/20131026_104646_zps53f33270.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/bikamper/media/20131026_104646_zps53f33270.jpg.html)

12-27-2013, 10:08 PM

My CX 500... since sold. But it was a hoot! JZR morgan replica.

Friend of mine in Columbus, OH had a Silverwing back in the early 1990's. He put about 200K on it... and still sold it for enough to put a down payment on a used BMW. Great machines and a terrific way to enjoy the antique hobby.

Cheers and congrats on the 'anniversary.'


12-27-2013, 10:09 PM
Miles and FUN add up to a whole lot of points!

12-27-2013, 10:31 PM
Sirhr-Beautiful. I hope to make 200K with mine, but hard to do with an 8 month riding season.

Rich-That's my idea of points. Because I crashed and burned on my bicycle back in June, boogering up my knee in the process, I spent summer and fall on the CX and racked up over 4000 miles. Prior to me getting the bike, I don't think it saw more than 600 a year.

01-01-2014, 12:24 PM
1 January, 2014. It's time. Here we go.

Coming home. September 2011
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/bikamper/CX500a.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/bikamper/media/CX500a.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/bikamper/CX500b.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/bikamper/media/CX500b.jpg.html)

Miles on the clock. I don't doubt it's accurate, wear is minimal. Most of the deterioration, except for the cafe attempt, was age and exposure.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/bikamper/CX500c.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/bikamper/media/CX500c.jpg.html)

The first issue, a SLIGHT leak in the tank. The cut out area was tissue paper thin.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/bikamper/P9030160.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/bikamper/media/P9030160.jpg.html)

Why doesn't the front brake work? Should have seen the master cylinder.;)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/bikamper/Goo.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/bikamper/media/Goo.jpg.html)

Next step was the carbs, but no pics. They were nasty enough to require the purchase of an ultrasonic cleaner. Also about the time work reared it's ugly head and the project was put on hold for almost six months.

01-01-2014, 02:01 PM
Preview of the next chapter....
Note gloves warming on the motor, forgot my Hippo-Hands.

01-01-2014, 04:16 PM
Million Dollar Highway...

01-01-2014, 05:58 PM
Million Dollar Highway...
Yew betcha!

01-01-2014, 08:23 PM
Beautiful. So where is that?

01-01-2014, 09:07 PM
Beautiful. So where is that?
US550 Ouray-Silverton, Colorful Colorado!

01-02-2014, 03:28 PM
What a beautiful area that is. I had a friend that I grew up with and he left Jersey in 1971 at age 18 on his Panhead chopper and landed in Silverton and never left. I see why after seeing these pictures. I tried to locate him a few times and when I finally did, I found out he had passed away 6 months previously. R.I.P "Flash" Gordon. Also what a great way to get started in the hobby without having to spend a million dollars.

01-07-2014, 08:14 PM
OK, 'puter is fixed. Where did I leave off? Oh yeah, carbs.

Rule #1. Don't dump the solvent from the ultrasonic cleaner until you are SURE you have all the small parts. The springs, small washers and o-rings for the idle screws cost me another two weeks.:( Once I got past my stupidity and got the bike running, I started on the myriad of other small problems.

Firstly was the non functioning temp gauge. This turned out to be a dead voltage regulator. As this part in NLA from Honda and an NOS unit is still 35 year old semi conductors, I opted to build my own. My sausage fingers kind of made that wishful thinking so I ended up finding a simple unit on ebay. That's the little unit in the center of the pic. It's only 30mm x 12mm x 18mm.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/bikamper/2012-08-08170927.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/bikamper/media/2012-08-08170927.jpg.html)

It ended up back in the same place in the headlight bucket as the original. It's in the white box in the upper right.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/bikamper/2012-08-11165127.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/bikamper/media/2012-08-11165127.jpg.html)

I managed to find a replacement inner fender and rear cowl to replace the ones cut up by the PO.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/bikamper/2012-08-12114117.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/bikamper/media/2012-08-12114117.jpg.html)

This was followed by some more edumacation. The saddle from a CX500 Custom does not fit the CX500 Standard. At least it was only a $30 mistake.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/bikamper/2012-08-14192949.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/bikamper/media/2012-08-14192949.jpg.html)

I still managed to get some riding around my yard with the wrong saddle and this little bit of two wheeling convinced me that I'd made a good choice.

len dowe
01-08-2014, 08:28 PM
Million Dollar Highway...
Been there and done that.
That was a good time Robbie and that whole road run was very nice. I'll remember that forever.