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mikewof

mikewof
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Owned a 1982 CBX for 15 years - sold it about 4 years ago. Loved it. My brother has restored dozens of CBXs and is a wizard at keeping those 6 carbs tuned. If you are in the market for a CBX I know of several for sale.

Once I managed to push my old CB750 to the edge of its envelope, I wanted to try the CBX, never got the chance, they were rare as hen's teeth when I was finally able to afford one.

I started this vid in the middle, but it's good enough to watch the whole thing. The idea was that the CBX was just too much of a bike for the market at the time. I remember clawing my way up the FDR in NYC one morning on the CB750, kind desolate, and that unmistakable fighter jet sound of the CBX screamed past, like I was standing still. It wasn't loud, it was closer to the sound of a sewing machine than an 11-some second quarter mile bike. Kinda remarkable that you can still source some, some guy in Denver has been looking for CBX components for a bit.

 

Tin Kicker

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Maryland
You have a lot of stickers on panniers. How many miles have you racked up on her?
This is my "new" 2014 Super Tenere and has only 37,000+ after putting closer to 80,000-ish on the 2012. They are among the most reliable bikes ever built and despite the nay-sayers are pretty good off road for a nearly 600 lb machine.
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With the Mini-Mate pop-up camper trailer:
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warbird

Super Anarchist
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lake michigan
There's absolutely no reason to change brake pads until they are down low, unless just setting out on a long trip. I run tyres down lower (in tread depth terms) during dry season than I do in the wet. I run hire a bikes fleet - which I ride myself as well - and to me the three critical areas are brake fluid - we replace it with top line fluid (usually Dot 5.1) at least annually - as we live in a humid environment and brake fluid is hygroscopic. We use the best pads we can source locally - in our case, EBC HH Sintered pads.... and we put sticky rubber on the wheels. Oh, and suspension - new oil in the forks and new shock absorbers as soon as they exhibit sloppiness. Re brake fluid - I recently had the brake fluid boil, causing loss of braking on a near new (less than 6,000 miles and under one year old) Honda - I probably posted a video showing that here earlier. I personally hate old tyres - the rubber loses its strength. Anything over 4 years old - ditch 'em.

Edit - when I say we run tyre treads lower.... they are the bikes I ride. I change 'em if I feel they're starting to slide. I ran this one down way past what I would send a customer out on - this was at the end of a two day very twisty mountain ride. No issues.... waaay past the wear marks... but still plenty of edge tread and no sliding issues whatsoever. Rear tyre.

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That tire may be fine but the center is worn flat which leaves a crown transition to the shoulder of the tire. entering a turn aggresively has the bike squirming a bit until you get on the shoulder of the tire. That squirming happens just when you want maximum confidence in your bike and tires. When I get any crowning I change tires.
 
That tire may be fine but the center is worn flat which leaves a crown transition to the shoulder of the tire. entering a turn aggresively has the bike squirming a bit until you get on the shoulder of the tire. That squirming happens just when you want maximum confidence in your bike and tires. When I get any crowning I change tires.

You are seeing things I can't see there... and I certainly couldn't feel them. I certainly throw out a lot of crowned tyres.... but there's hardly any crowning on that one. I had a ball on that ride (started it with the tyre down to the wear marks... which were totally gone 700+km later). 700 km of, yes, sometimes
aggressive riding, on this road....



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bmiller

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Buena Vista, Colorado
I may have posted this before but it's worth repeating. A serious oh shit moment.

Not me, don't know the people involved.

You can skip the first 5 minutes, or watch to see how unpleasant that "road" is.



Here is the recovery of the bike.



 
Well after a six months wait my new Indian Pursuit finally arrived at the dealer. After writing the check and filling out the paperwork I was out of there at 12:30 and managed to get 167 miles on her. The bike had 9 when I-picked her up. I’m naming her Čhō Hota which is Sioux for nice grey.
Time to rack up some miles!
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bmiller

Super Anarchist
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Buena Vista, Colorado
Well after a six months wait my new Indian Pursuit finally arrived at the dealer. After writing the check and filling out the paperwork I was out of there at 12:30 and managed to get 167 miles on her. The bike had 9 when I-picked her up. I’m naming her Čhō Hota which is Sioux for nice grey.
Time to rack up some miles!
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Congratulations! Good looking ride. Your moto and mine are about as polar opposite as there ever could be.
 




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