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Offline Terry in Australia

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Re: Let's see your non-SOHC4 on the road
« Reply #1825 on: October 24, 2020, 01:24:00 am »
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I bought a "One Owner" 1980 Honda CB900F from one of my customers at the service station where I was working part time, and it was the biggest pile-o-#$%*e I've owned

The CBX 1000 has a lot of the same mechanicals as the CB900F, but none of the issues. That always struck me as odd.

Yep, maybe Honda spent a bit more time making sure they were better engineered? The first DOHC Honda 750/900's were rubbish. ;D
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Re: Let's see your non-SOHC4 on the road
« Reply #1826 on: October 24, 2020, 04:36:48 am »
Yep, I had a CB900F.  Loved it.  Absolutely thrashed it everywhere.  I got t-boned by a P-plater running a red light & it was totalled.  The bike shop I used to frequent bought the wreck.  I asked the mechanic about the condition of the motor, and he said "It was on its way out".  I bought the twin-pot calipers off the wreck & put them on my CBX.  You can still see the paint colour of the car that hit me.  I also have a damaged side panel on my garage wall.  I'm missing most of my left kneecap, and limp when it's really cold.

Still hanker after the CB1100F in metallic red...
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Re: Let's see your non-SOHC4 on the road
« Reply #1827 on: October 24, 2020, 08:11:33 am »
over valued at $1 per square foot , a dreadful unreliable pile of junk .  or mine was .

Funnily enough Simon, if I had the choice again I'd still take the Yamaha, mine was super reliable, and apart from an overheating issue that an oil cooler would likely have fixed, it was a great bike. The Ducati, on the other hand was a poorly engineered pile of sh1t, but Duke lovers will defend it to the death, regardless of how horrible they really were. ;D

sadly mine was a lemon . i got a job in london and needed a more economical bike than my h1 kawasaki ( which is pretty much anything ) loved the look of the yamaha it looked like a big rd 400 . almost got to london when the balance chain snapped . back to liverpool on a trailer where the dealer lent me an f1 750 honda to use while it was being repaired . after 3 weeks all was good and i got the yam back . all was well for a couple of weeks when the crank went . so it was back on the honda  . to cut a long story short it then broke a starter , an alternator then broke the balance chain again . in the end i came to a deal with the dealer to keep the f1 which ran faultlessly for 2 years when i traded it in for a jota . i have always regretted selling that honda .

How did you like owning the Laverda Simon ?

i loved it as a road bike , i raced it in the british production bike series and got beat by a bloke on a bonny to this day i dont know how that happened !

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Re: Let's see your non-SOHC4 on the road
« Reply #1828 on: October 24, 2020, 04:56:17 pm »
Not quite on the road but about to be ridden for the first time since I bought and insured it. 1981 CB750F.

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Re: Let's see your non-SOHC4 on the road
« Reply #1829 on: October 24, 2020, 10:17:36 pm »
Nice CB750F. We have a 79'CB750F we just finished as well and it"s middle brother an 82' CB900F.
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Re: Let's see your non-SOHC4 on the road
« Reply #1830 on: October 29, 2020, 05:38:04 pm »
My original Yamaha XS2. Took a ride through Amish countrt and stopped at a covered bridge for a picture.
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Re: Let's see your non-SOHC4 on the road
« Reply #1831 on: October 29, 2020, 06:43:01 pm »
That is pretty.
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Re: Let's see your non-SOHC4 on the road
« Reply #1832 on: October 29, 2020, 07:12:08 pm »
My original Yamaha XS2. Took a ride through Amish countrt and stopped at a covered bridge for a picture.

Did you restore this Yamaha or purchase it like that ?  8)
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Re: Let's see your non-SOHC4 on the road
« Reply #1833 on: October 29, 2020, 07:42:01 pm »
My 76 KZ900 on a cold Fall day, Edmonton, Alberta

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Re: Let's see your non-SOHC4 on the road
« Reply #1834 on: October 30, 2020, 02:54:44 am »
My original Yamaha XS2. Took a ride through Amish countrt and stopped at a covered bridge for a picture.

Now that's a beautiful bike!

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Re: Let's see your non-SOHC4 on the road
« Reply #1835 on: October 30, 2020, 06:01:36 am »
My original Yamaha XS2. Took a ride through Amish countrt and stopped at a covered bridge for a picture.

Did you restore this Yamaha or purchase it like that ? 

     All original and unrestored. Purchased from the estate of a good friend and fellow 650 fanatic after being displayed in his family room from 1990 to 2017. Was with him when he purchased it from the original owner. Was sprayed with WD40 and parked in a wordworking shop. Was covered with sawdust! When we brought it home and cleaned it off, it was perfectly preserved. My friend Rex said it was too pretty to ride and wheeled it into his family room. After 26 years, it started on the 2nd kick after a weekend of freshening.
    From the mid 80s to the early 90s, several of us had a 650 binge.  Rex built a nice garage and we scoured the classifieds (remember those) and Bargain Hunters for 650s. Could buy them running for $300- $400 and non-running for $100-$200. Lost track of how many we bought and sold, guessing 50 to 75. Sold my last one (an XS2) in about 1997 for the huge sum of $1000 when I started buying Hondas.
    This one was sold new at Midway Yamaha in Akron. They were still in business and I stopped and the gave me a copy of a 1972 newspaper ad. Glad I did since they went out of business in 2019 after 52 years in business.

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Re: Let's see your non-SOHC4 on the road
« Reply #1836 on: October 30, 2020, 07:01:37 am »
Beautiful Yamaha and a great story. Thanks for sharing both.

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Re: Let's see your non-SOHC4 on the road
« Reply #1837 on: October 30, 2020, 11:37:44 am »
I love seeing that page,great prices,in 72'..
75' CB400F/'bunch o' parts' & 81' CB125S modded to a 'CB200S'
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Re: Let's see your non-SOHC4 on the road
« Reply #1838 on: October 31, 2020, 10:07:41 am »
My 76 KZ900 on a cold Fall day, Edmonton, Alberta
I have its brother
Nice bike ;)

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Re: Let's see your non-SOHC4 on the road
« Reply #1839 on: November 09, 2020, 10:29:50 am »
A great week end with friends of 50+ years. Chilly morning.

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Re: Let's see your non-SOHC4 on the road
« Reply #1840 on: November 10, 2020, 06:33:52 am »
The FZR 1000 and the 1290 SuperDuke in their natural habitat  :)


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Re: Let's see your non-SOHC4 on the road
« Reply #1841 on: November 11, 2020, 03:37:32 am »
A great week end with friends of 50+ years. Chilly morning.


Beautiful bike!

I think I got same bags.

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Re: Let's see your non-SOHC4 on the road
« Reply #1842 on: November 21, 2020, 01:41:57 pm »
Took a ride across the Hudson River today. Up the Storm King Hwy and then along Seven Lakes Drive. Getting in as many rides as I can before the weather turns. It won’t be long.
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Re: Let's see your non-SOHC4 on the road
« Reply #1843 on: November 21, 2020, 01:50:33 pm »
The FZR 1000 and the 1290 SuperDuke in their natural habitat  :)

DME,
I really like what you did with the FZR. That is definitely in the spirit of the original “sports naked” bikes. Sometimes they don’t turn out so well but that FZR looks great.
Wish I still had mine.
What kind of tail unit is that?
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Re: Let's see your non-SOHC4 on the road
« Reply #1844 on: November 26, 2020, 06:54:17 am »
The FZR 1000 and the 1290 SuperDuke in their natural habitat  :)

DME,
I really like what you did with the FZR. That is definitely in the spirit of the original “sports naked” bikes. Sometimes they don’t turn out so well but that FZR looks great.
Wish I still had mine.
What kind of tail unit is that?

It´s a fibreglass race tail from a Ducati 916, and I made a new subframe from scratch to fit it.
The tail is hinged at the front and folds up over the tank as it does on the 916.