So you have a Honda? Cool, what is it?

What kind of bike do you have?

Sport bike
17
16%
Cruiser
46
43%
Dirt Bike
4
4%
Standard
22
21%
Touring
13
12%
Other (a honda redheaded stepchild if you will...)
5
5%
 
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#1 Unread post by storysunfolding » Tue Feb 27, 2007 4:06 pm

Hey guys,

Welcome to the Honda User Group forum. I'd like to welcome every one of you and encourage you to bring more Honda loving souls to our corner of TMW.

We all share a close tie. A bond like no other. We own the king of the metric bikes, the honda. So let's learn a bit more about each other.

Be you a cruiser, a racer, a tourer, a stunter or a poser- list your ride, who you are, why you ride and what you like best about riding. The most creative response by the end of march gets a donation in their name to TMW and a handy dandy gold supporter bar... if you have a platinum bar already- I'm terribly sorry :wink:

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#2 Unread post by Ninja Geoff » Tue Feb 27, 2007 4:19 pm

1999 Honda XR200R. So red headed step child, i mean, dirtbike.
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#3 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Tue Feb 27, 2007 4:21 pm

Owned, a 1980 Honda CB400T Hawk and 1983 Honda Magna V30. The CB400T was a wonderful standard bike. Loved it. 100% reliable, couldn't say more positive things about it!

The CB400T Would always start, even after I ...ummm... totaled it... my bad. :oops:

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#4 Unread post by DivideOverflow » Tue Feb 27, 2007 4:29 pm

I still have the 84 VF700 and the 94 VFR750 in my garage. I put sport, because they are more sport than anything else. Even though by today's standards people might feel a little differently.

I ride because it is cheaper (and more practical) than making things explode every day (another hobby)! That, and fast cars are for suckahs. For a fraction of the price, I get: performance, economy, my own biker gang, all the bugs I can eat, and stronger wrists and back!

The best part of riding, to me, is the connection with the machine. When you drive a car, you sit there and insruct the car what to do. Between you and the road is metal, glass, comfy upholstery, air conditioning, and power steering! The car is driving, you are instructing. On a motorcycle, you are the insrument of motion. The rider is the deciding and limiting factor. If the rider is not in touch with the road, pavement is soon to follow. A motorcycle is an extension of one's abilities; it provides the freedom for the rider to impose his or her will upon the asphalt.

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#5 Unread post by storysunfolding » Tue Feb 27, 2007 4:30 pm

I have a 1985 Honda Magna v30.

Like alot of my bikes I bought her for under $300 in wretched condition. She needed some parts replaced, some rust removed, and a good cleaning. Not to mention a previous owner decided to spray every speck of rust with grey primer. Every speck of rust. She's fun as hell to ride; cranks when you open her up the v-4 power; and is a gorgeous build.

She just gives me alot of issues that i can't handle currently with my hand the way it is... so sad.

Me, I'm a 23 year old in Va. I've been riding for a good period of my life, mostly dirt. I'm taking a few years off before taking the family route and applying to med school. Until then I ride for fun and brush off coments from teh family about how I'm going to kill myself.

On my birthday, april 8th, if all goes to plan I'll be an MSF instructor. Booyeah
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#6 Unread post by Bingo » Tue Feb 27, 2007 5:58 pm

It's scary to look back on my Motorcycling history!

I've had many Hondas. After the mini bike craze, I eneded up on a 72 CB 350 (yes, I know that was 35 yeas ago!) had a CB750 Four, XR200R, XL350, and then in 88 found a slightly used 84 CX650E. I loved this bike so much I kept it even after I entered the HD stage, but finally decided to part company when it sat unused for a season (why let it sit when someone else can enjoy the ride, right?). Had a few more HD's and got into touring. Then while visiting the dealer I spotted a very abused CX in the back room. I took her home and started the restoration project, With some mods to paint and chrome I brought it back to it's former glory. (full story at http://www.vaxxine.com/tomspage/honda.htm )

Actually, now my main ride is a H-D Electra Glide Standard, but it's a bit more comfortable on the 5 decade old bones! I can't ride in the semi crouched position for too long without getting complaints from the top of the shoulders / base of the neck muscles, but we still get out for a coffee and to pose every now and then. The wife is happier with the big cushion on the Standard, so the votes go there for two up outings.

But when she's away, and the chores are done.....

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#7 Unread post by JCS » Tue Feb 27, 2007 6:11 pm

Ok, where to start. I guess I'll go by age.

1975 CB400F. This was a sporty bike in it's day. One owner. 400cc/4 cylinder. Slightly modified by now. Clubman bars, bar end mirrors, oil cooler, tapered roller bearings, throttle lock, K&N pod air filters, S&W freon charged shocks w/dual rate springs, Barnett clutch, Dyna coils, Dyna electronic ignition, Battery Tender hook-up, drilled disc, forks mildly tweaked, rejetted, Kerker pipe, custom paint and a bunch of little stuff. And no, this was not my first bike.

1982 FT500 Ascot. Single cylinder thumper. White Brothers pipe w/Supertrapp can. Rejetted, Battery Tender hook-up, throttle lock, Ventura luggage rack, different bars (slightly lower). Not real fast but light and a blast to ride. Surprisingly comfy. 50+ mpg. Small tank bag and Tourmaster soft saddle bags.

1984 VF1000F Interceptor. A beast. V-Four torque. Braided steel brake lines front & rear, throttle lock, factory Honda luggage rack, Kisan volt/amp/air temp meter, Yoshimura pipes, Centrec accessory fuse block, Widder electric vest hook-up, Battery Tender hook-up, power line into Tecknik 2 level tank bag, Moto-Pak 90 saddle bags w/large tail bag, GSM engine guards.

1986 VFR750 Interceptor. This is not the sport-tourer that Honda sells now. This is the first generation VFR that Honda brought in to be legal for superbike racing. Red/White/Blue with gear driven cams. Makes a sound like no others. Kisan volt/amp/air temp meter, Ventura luggage rack, Honda accessory center stand (optional for that year), throttle lock, Widder hook-up, Battery tender hook-up, Tourmaster tank bag, Cortech saddle and tail bags, after market (Bikemaster) mirrors so you can see more than your shoulders. I hardly get to ride this one because my wife usually has it out.

I'm 51 years old and have been riding for the biggest part of my life. I am not a squid but tend to run just a bit past the legal speed limit.

My wife came to riding later in life about 10 years ago. When we got together she claims that she had better figure this riding thing out if she wanted me to stick around. She is still not real fast but rides almost all the time when weather permits.

Riding for us as a couple has become an outlet. Load the camping gear and go on a trip. We haven't taken a car vacation in years. When you are a few states away from home on bikes people notice your plates and often want to talk when we stop to gas up. They will often clue you in on out of the way places and roads in the area. Stay off the interstates and the trip becomes much more interesting.

People keep telling me that you can't tour on a sport-bike. I guess riding 500 miles to have lunch does not qualify as touring. When I think about it, I guess that is not touring. Just a jaunt for the afternoon.
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#8 Unread post by Sev » Tue Feb 27, 2007 7:25 pm

Guess I should check in 2004 Honda CB600F
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#9 Unread post by Dragoon » Tue Feb 27, 2007 8:08 pm

I will be aging myself, but as for Honda, and I have had a few other makes, I have had an FT500, a Hawk 400, CB550, a V65 Magna and now I have VT 1100.
I have been riding since I was 14 and have usually had three bikes at any given time, a sport, a dirt and a cruiser. In 2000, I moved to San Diego and got rid of my bikes because I could not bring them into the country with out more hassle then it was worth ( I was living n Canada ). My wife did not want me to get another bike so I was off them for 5 years and then I couldn’t live in this all year riding place without one, so I bought a virago and drove it into the ground, literally, then this summer picked up my Shadow Spirit VT1100. Absolutely love the machine. I have just put a deposit on a Swift BMC chopper but the deal is smelling bad at this point. The candy red I ordered arrived blood red and I am hopping mad, however, we will see how the dealer handles it in the next few days. I will keep the VT1100 as it is so much fun to ride and totally maintenance free ( change oil and fluids, that’s it folks). Anyway, the clouds have cleared so I am off for my daily 30 miles of pleasure ride, catch you al later

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#10 Unread post by revcbl » Tue Feb 27, 2007 8:59 pm

Well all right. Go Honda!
'Bout time we had our own place. Gettin' a little thick out there in the lobby, ya know?
I am currently plagued with the following bikes:
A 1974 CB360 that I lovingly reconstructed with original parts scavenged from local junkyards, tuned and polished to perfection, then left under my porch for a year so I can have the joy of doing it all over again sometime soon.
A 1976 CB750 that came to me with many, many aftermarket parts, and a particularly unmanly shade of purple, thus relieving me from having to restore the thing, as a new set of pipes costs more than my life. This is more or less my daily driver. When it's not icing out. Or raining. Or cold. I've really gotta get some paint. Something in a flat black, perhaps.
A Yama... hup, never mind, forgot where I was.
Oh, there's another Honda under my porch. I got it from a guy who was cleaning out his airplane hangar. I can't remember if it's a CB360 or not, some form of scrambler, but it shares the same parts as the 360, thus I call it a "parts bike," which is what many people would call the rest of my rides, too. Such people are, of course, small minded fools and not to be trusted. You folks understand. You're my friends. You're not like the others.
Whoops, here I am yakking away on the intertubes, just burned my dinner.
You really do meet the nicest people on a Honda. I just don't happen to be one of them. I came to riding later than most, I think, but I had used up most of the stupid things I could do that didn't involve motorcycles. I like to think, though, that what I missed out on by not having those years of riding experience, is balanced out by the abject terror that comes with a knowledge of one's own mortality.
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#11 Unread post by High_Side » Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:02 pm

Bingo wrote:...... Then while visiting the dealer I spotted a very abused CX in the back room. I took her home and started the restoration project, With some mods to paint and chrome I brought it back to it's former glory. (full story at http://www.vaxxine.com/tomspage/honda.htm )

But when she's away, and the chores are done.....

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Beautiful. I had that ^ exact bike from '85-'87! I'd love to have another and have been tempted a few times throughout the years to do exactly what you did.
Right now in the garage sits the VTR1000 that I bought new in '97 and a VFR that I just picked up last fall. The VTR has been a keeper, the VFR, I'm not so sure....
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#12 Unread post by plainsman » Tue Feb 27, 2007 10:47 pm

After 38 years of NOT riding (much), I jumped back into the biker scene in July, 2005, on an '04 Honda Shadow Spirit 1100. After about nine months and 10,000 miles, I jumped again, this time to an '01 Honda ST1100. :shock: I've put about 7,000 miles on it. It can get me into a LOT more trouble than I can get out of - gracefully - real fast. :oops: Not too bad for 66 - huh? 8)
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#13 Unread post by dr_bar » Wed Feb 28, 2007 6:55 pm

Last September I needed a bike that was able to do a 3000+ km trip and picked up my current main ride, a '97 Valkyrie F6. Did it make the trip??? You bet, here's a pic of it pretty much loaded for bear.

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Not a problem the whole trip, performed way beyond my expectations, now if I could only learn how to extract about half of it's capabilities... :oops: I think I need to go back to school... :roll:
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#14 Unread post by mgdavis » Thu Mar 01, 2007 6:34 pm

My ride is a 1979 Honda CB750K 10th Anniversary Edition in Candy Muse Red. I bought her from a co-worker in non-running condition for $250. She had sat for several years in a garage and needed a carburator rebuild. Long story short, I replaced the battery, rebuilt the carbs, cranked the bike up and went. Unfortunately the starter clutch failed after only a few months of riding. My Honda is currently waiting for me to become motivated to replace the starter clutch so we can ride again.
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#15 Unread post by Shorts » Thu Mar 01, 2007 7:48 pm

I'm living in Japan, it's a no brainer what brand I ride :P 2000 Honda VTR250 w/74k kms. Actually, I had no preference in brand when I was looking. I eyedballed a CBR2500RR and was sold on it until I happened to sit on a VTR250. That was it.


DH started riding in Spring 06, I got bored pillion and started riding several months after. I sat on a VTR250 not knowing what it was, but it felt like a bike I could ride (see blog for details of why). Its my first bike...actually 2nd if you count the Honda QR50 I got for giggles right before. Hmm still a Honda.

Anyway, here I am, a Honda rider 8)

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#16 Unread post by Scott58 » Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:39 am

My Favorite ride.

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#17 Unread post by sharpmagna » Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:08 pm

1987 Honda "Super" Magna

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I love the sound of the V4 screaming! It's my first and only bike so far but I've learned a lot from riding it already. I put 8K miles last year in my first season of riding it. I'm looking put plenty more in the second year and hope to have many years of riding on her.

Here's me on the day I took ownership. That smile is the same smile I have anytime I throw my leg over...

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#18 Unread post by Big B » Fri Mar 09, 2007 9:03 pm

as a pirate might say (if he rode motorcycles),
yar, this be my beast

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03 VTX1800R, the bike i bought on my way to buy a harley. i had my heart set on a new street bob, beautiful blacked out dyna, and on the way to the dealership, i saw this beast sitting in a driveway, i'm the curious sort so i hopped out and took a look at it. the guy in the garage tossed me the keys and as soon as i turned the corner onto the bypass and cracked the throttle i knew i had to have this bike.

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#19 Unread post by BigDean » Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:42 am

Hello All...

I am new to the forum's and new to riding!

I just bought a beginner bike, a Honda Rebel. I figured it was the best way for me to start. With 2 son's the bike will still come in handy once I outgrow it.

I will be taking the MSF beginner course in the near future, soon as work allows it!!! LOL

My first question is once I have outgrown the bike (after much a lot of riding and a couple of year's) What would be my next step up be?
(I am partial to the cruiser's)

My first thoughts are the Shadow Aero. 8)
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#20 Unread post by snydley550 » Mon Mar 26, 2007 4:55 pm

Greetings from Husker Nation everyone! I'm 23 and I go to school at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

My current ride, that I just got painted, is a '75CB550. This is the bike I first learned to ride on when I was in high school. My dad traded off his car for it back in the 70's and rode it back to nebraska from Arizona with ape hanger bars on it and a maroon spraypainted tank. He hadn't ridden it for years, and it sat in my gradparents' shed on their farm north of town. Around my Junior year of high school I finally talked him into bringing it out and letting me tinker with it. He couldn't get it started when we got it home and got pissed, natually, so I took over in my spare time.

Not really knowing anything about bikes at the time, I naturally proceeded to tear everything apart, see how it worked, and carefully put it back together in the right order. Strangely enough, I was eventually able to get it running like a champ again. New plugs, new in-tank fuel filter, an intense carb cleaning involving guitar string, and it fired right up. Thank God he had previously disposed of the ape hangers, so by this time it was basically back to normal. I think he was a bit jealous of my innate motorcycle mechanic skills, but I know he had to be greatful. He spent the next few years taking care of it while I was away at school.

My sophomore year of college found me buying a fixer-upper '72CB350 in the absolute ugliest color of blue you can find. I saw it sitting in a yard for 400 bucks. Asked to take it for a ride,,got the kick start about halfway down and it fired right up. He took 300 dollars cash and I rode it home that day. It was perfect for getting back and forth to campus. I even got a lot of compliments on that piece, but eventually the 550 came calling again. Pops wanted a little more space in the garage back home; I was to be reunited with my sweet baby once more.

I ended up selling the 350 on ebay for 650 bucks and spent this past winter longing for the 550. I used the cash from my old bike towards a paint job and I'm happy to say she's done and looking even more beautiful than I ever expected.

The thing I love about these bikes is that they're so modest and understated. Strangely I have no interest in any bike any younger than 30 years old. They're just easy to work on, well built bikes. I guess I just like the feeling of giving the thing a second chance to be treated how its supposed to be. I guess the compliments are pretty good too though... :D

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