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1981 Honda CB900C

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 miles
Most recent distance27000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB650SC Nighthawk

Summary:

Incredible, comfortable, and insanely powerful

Faults:

Leaking front brake master cylinder.

General Comments:

I've only had this bike two months, but have put more than 2,000 miles on it thus far, and in a word, it's spectacular. I've never ridden a more comfortable, solid, yet responsive bike out of the 8 I've owned. It has amazing power at all RPM ranges, and yet is smooth as silk.

I agree with some reviewers that the 10-speed transmission is more hype than anything, as I rarely need to shift the bike out of the high range, and never lack for needed power.

If you come across one of these, buy it! You won't regret it!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2010

1981 Honda CB900C

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1981
Most recent year of ownership2003
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance44500 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB650

Summary:

One of the best bikes ever built, PERIOD!

Faults:

Front fork replaced, lost rectifier and alternator.

General Comments:

The bike never let me down. I owned it for 22 years almost to the day. Great ride, excellent gas mileage, nice looking bike. Wish I still had it. I would buy one again if they were available.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th June, 2010

1982 Honda CB900C

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership1987
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB550 Four

Summary:

A good reliable bike that I would buy again

Faults:

I had an occasional front caliper that would stick and require cleaning, otherwise no problems.

General Comments:

I loved this bike and wish I had it back. The high/low tranny was a nice feature.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2009

1981 Honda CB900C

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance11000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki KZ 400

Summary:

This motorcycle is what gives those expensive Harleys fits!

Faults:

Brakes were seized when I bought it, but I replaced front brake master cylinder and added brake fluid, bled and it worked! Still riding with only front brakes.

Front fork seals/dust covers replaced by my mechanic. Carbs rebuilt by mechanic, though needles stick and leaks gas at the carbs until run.

General Comments:

Though this bike is 28 years old, it is quick, agile and really fun - total investment about $1,200.00 so far. New tires for next riding season.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2009

1981 Honda CB900C

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1981
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous motorcycleHarley-Davidson Panhead

Summary:

Bought it new in '81, still have it

Faults:

Original factory tires very hard compound, would hydro-plane on wet pavement, rode hard when cold, replaced at 500 miles. Absolutely no problems with the bike, totally reliable.

General Comments:

The 1981 styling is still modern looking. Bike is very fast, has adequate handling, comfortable, low cost operation. Rider position too far forward, replaced the seat to move rearward. Have owned Triumphs, Harleys, James, other Hondas, Zundapp ---- nothing comes close to the 900, everything considered.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2009

29th Jul 2010, 10:15

What seat did you replace the old one with? I too think I could benefit from sitting a little further back.

1982 Honda CB900C

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance10580 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda Reflex 250

Summary:

I bought one, and would buy it again

Faults:

I just bought this bike. A previous owner has completely redone the engine and apparently all rubber parts. My mechanic says that it seems like a new bike.

General Comments:

This bike is based on the CB750. The engine is bored out to 900 cc. Shaft drive. 5 speed transmission with a 2 speed sub transmission. Think of it as a 10 speed bicycle transmission. I use it as if I have an overdrive for each gear. If I am rolling at 40 mph in 3rd, I'll switch to the high range for a lower engine speed, less noise and better mileage.

The shaft drive means that I do not have to grease a chain every time I come back from a long ride.

I understand that most parts are pretty easy to come by except for the side covers and the exhaust system.

As a standard bike, the riding position is very comfortable. The saddle needs some work. It seems comfy at first, but after an hour I get pretty shifty on the seat. While it is interesting, I do not see a big advantage with the air suspension.

Gas mileage is poor for a motorbike at about 40 mpg.

This bike is very fast and responsive. I've ridden some sport bikes that handle better, but the acceleration is just awesome - or at least feels that way.

I would buy this bike again. Not a good first bike as it is very heavy (over 600 pounds), fast, and the 10 speed transmission takes an experienced foot to handle.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2009

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 17 reviews