1982 Honda CM450E

Summary:

A real and reliable bike great for commuting and longer rides under 100 miles

Faults:

Original seat was torn, had it recovered.

Battery side cover was missing, found one at a junkyard, repainted tank and side covers all black.

Chain was unreliable, replaced with new.

Windshield brackets to turn signal arms failed, both sides broke, made replacement aluminum brackets from slightly thicker plate.

No center stand, added one from junkyard off of a Honda 500.

Headlamp was dented and dim, replaced with new.

Instrument panel bulb burned out, replaced with new.

General Comments:

Very reliable, clean running bike.

Needs to be warmed up in cooler weather.

Shakes dangerously at highway speeds over 70.

100 mile range on 2.3 gallon tank limits trip length before refueling.

Not a speedster off a standing start, and not a lot of passing power on highway, however very smooth through gears, and sixth gear is a real bonus.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2010

1982 Honda CM450E

Summary:

Quick, responsive and easy to ride

Faults:

Well since I bought the bike I have totally rebuilt, chopped, rewired and added many new parts to the bike.

As far as having something go wrong, my main problem was carburetors. I had to finally take to repair shop and have them re-jetted, tuned, synced, and dyno-ed. But other than that, I haven't had to replace any parts.

General Comments:

I chopped up my Honda CM450E totally! I chopped off the rear portion of the frame, added taillights inside cutoff portion of rear frame. Removed rear shocks and replaced with custom made struts, so it's a hard tail now. Made a custom springer seat, which is actually quite comfortable even with the hardtail. Redid all the wiring completely, and removed anything unnecessary from the bike, ie. side skirts, battery tray, electrical tray, and made a custom wire box/holder under seat. Made a custom battery box under seat. Added a new chrome hi-watt headlight. Pretty much made my bike fully custom, one of a kind bike. It's old school.

Now that it is FINALLY done, I mean fully running. This bike is extremely fast for a 450. That being said though, I have a stage 3 jet kit in carbs, custom straight pipe exhaust, and custom air filter/ air pods. So my bike is differently modded, and was dyno-ed to around 60HP!! Stock is around 45HP.

Braking is not so great, but it's drum, what do you expect?

Handling is very good since bike is so small.

I am a very experienced rider, and stand 6' tall, 165 lbs, so not a small guy, but I can easily ride this bike, and it's actually quite fun to ride.

Now all this being said, I never rode the bike when it was stock, so I have nothing to compare to as far as recommendations. But, I do know, with some minor modifications, the Honda CM450E is a very quick, response easy to handle bike.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2010

1982 Honda CM450E

Summary:

Great starter or commuter bike, or for shorter highway trips

Faults:

Front forks were clicking and sticking slightly at points through the total fork turning radius - replaced seals and bearings which solved problem.

Front brakes squeal - problem still exists.

No center stand came with this model - added one from a junkyard off another Honda model.

A little rough over bumps... still experimenting with the different rear shock settings.

Sometimes hard to get into first gear at slower speeds, or from neutral when stopped into first gear.

Wobbles at speeds over 70 mph; it is just not built for higher highway speeds.

General Comments:

Overall very reliable bike, likes to be warmed up before heading down the road, consistent 50+ mpg city, 60+ highway, smaller tank means only 100-110 mile range before refueling.

Nothing flashy, but a solid "real bike" feel for a lighter weight bike. Very enjoyable ride city and shorter highway trips.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2009

1982 Honda CM450E

Summary:

The best five hundred bucks I ever spent!

Faults:

Stator blew soon after sale. Replaced by mechanic (no real knowledge at that time). Aside from frangible parts (sprockets, tires, cables, etc) no troubles.

General Comments:

Holds up amazingly through periods of use, abuse, and ignorance! Charged the battery today for the first go in two months. Gave it the choke and she immediately started.

Owned the bike for ~16 years; it goes and goes.

Speedo is broken; friends report 105 mph on long straights!

Very forgiving; Is capable of 6th gear burnouts with the front drum brake locked (shift quick!)

EXCELLENT choice for first time rider. For this platform maybe the automatic (CM400/450A) would be easier at first, but at a certain cost.

The manual transmission gives enough grunt for fireroads and other light-duty off-pavement stuff. She's not a mudder but will definitely take you to a cemetery, quarry, firetower or other non-paved destination.

Paid $500 in 1993. Anything less than $1000 in good shape is a go. $1250 would make me pause, but remember, I'm old and bought mine a while back...

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2009