Honda CB1000 Custom Reviews from United States of America

1983 Honda CB1000 Custom

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1983
Most recent year of ownership2013
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB1000 Custom

Summary:

The best bike in the world

Faults:

Cam chain will break with too many miles.

Always make sure the carbs are clean and synchronized.

Compression drop.

General Comments:

The best bike ever built. I took a 1983 CB1100F and turned my CB1000 Custom into a monster by converting the parts and making them work. I've got the fastest one out there, and the prettiest! Please try to get the dealers to re-manufacture this bike!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2013

1983 Honda CB1000 Custom

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2012
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired800 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha 650 Special

Summary:

Best bike Honda ever made

Faults:

Carbs/jets needed to be cleaned after storage for 7 years. Ethanol does not help.

Stock seat being replaced this year due to cracks. Not very comfortable.

General Comments:

Fun to ride.

Powerful in the high range with two up.

Average 40 mpg.

I chickened out at 120, she was still going strong.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st February, 2012

24th Mar 2012, 06:55

I acquired a Honda CB1000 Custom this time last year. It had been stood in a garage for six years. The engine oil was dropped and the fuel tank filled (it was empty), and a new battery fitted. The owner found the keys, and it started on second push of the button with full choke... couldn't believe it! I guess that's Honda engineering for you.

Since then I have had some great road trips, and clocked up a number ;o) miles.

I agree the seat isn't the most comfortable, and it took me a while to get the air suspension right, but it handles great.

I had the old brake hoses replaced with braided ones, and changed the brake fluid too. Braking improved considerably then.

The only thing that spoils my bike is that the LHS side cover/panel is missing, so if any of you guys come across one, please let me know. My machine is black and grey, but don't mind what colour the replacement panel is.

I would also agree that the engine runs perfectly with Shell V-Power fuel ;o)

All in all, a truly great bike... right, I'm off for a ride ;o)

1983 Honda CB1000 Custom

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 3 / 10
Braking marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired16400 miles
Most recent distance17900 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki KLR650

Summary:

Lots of potential as a long distant runner

Faults:

Rear caliper seals degraded and caused the pistons to stick out, wearing the rotor, and causing drag.

Front fork seals leaking.

General Comments:

The bike only cost me $700.00.

It's cumbersome compared to the KLR; that was expected.

It needs carb work and detailing this winter.

It had the hanging rear caliper problem that may explain the inconsistent performance issues. If I can find a rear caliper rebuild kit, and get those carbs synced and rebuilt this winter, I'll be looking forward to some great weekend road trips next year!

The only design complaint I have, is at 5'9" I feel like a jockey more than a rider on this bike. I wish I had more leg stretch without having to use the highway pegs.

I agree with the need for a more comfortable seat as well. It traps you in one position. At 57 years old, I need to stretch a little on rides.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2011

1983 Honda CB1000 Custom

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Previous motorcycleHonda VT1100C2 Shadow ACE

Summary:

I love it!

General Comments:

Just bought the bike last week. Have only taken it for a couple of spins, but VERY impressed with a bike that is 29 years old. Has 21K miles with full fairing.

I would love to have a sissy bar and either Hondaline bags or a trunk box. I'm looking forward to Spring! Please contact me if you know where I can get a set of hard bags, trunk box and a sissy bar.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 23rd November, 2011

1983 Honda CB1000 Custom

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.1 / 10
Distance when acquired19000 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles

Summary:

Awesome machine.. don't make 'em like they used to... too bad

Faults:

Speedometer cable rattled... that's all.. been running excellently.. (if that's a word)

General Comments:

This bike will turn the heads of even Harley owners I've come across, (and passed)... been on several poker runs with a bunch of Harleys, and always got the "thumbs up" from all of them... Most reliable bike I ever owned, and I never liked Hondas... go figure.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2010

1983 Honda CB1000 Custom

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired14897 miles
Most recent distance17564 miles

Summary:

Last bike I'm buying, rebuilding for my son

Faults:

Front fork seals at 10,000.

Starter at 10,348.

Carburetors rebuild at 11,024.

Brakes, carburetors, coils, A&B cam chains 17564.

General Comments:

Best Motorcycle I have ever had. Hey Honda, start making more parts, keep your 1 year product alive.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th April, 2009

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 12 reviews