1983 Honda CM450E
A lot of fun in a small package
Readjusted the choke and replaced a signal bulb when I bought it.
This wasn't my first choice of rides but it was in near mint condition and the price was right ($1200 CAD).
After the first month of riding it, I became quite fond of the thing. It runs like clockwork with very little vibration and is really responsive. I'm only 5'9" and 140lbs (which is probably the perfect body type for this bike) and it feels pretty natural.
Despite its small appearance, it has a lot of pep!
I was going to sell it next year, but now I think I'm going to turn it into a project bike. Some sort of hybrid dual-sport tracker. It's light enough (400lbs dry) and powerful enough (47HP) to rip around the dirt and woods and still be good on the highway and city. I'm not fond of the 'granny' seat on it. I'm changing it out with a 1960s vintage BSA tracker seat, swapping the tank for a 70s CB350 tank, installing smaller signal lights, and putting on dual sport tires. I already swapped the handlebars for a flat drag style bar; it handles amazingly.
This bike has a ton of potential.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd August, 2017