1982 Honda C70 Passport from United States of America
It's a character
Currently the main and most important problem is a problem in the gear box. It is difficult to down shift into first gear from second gear while moving. So to compensate I down shift into second gear from third, and start from off the line in second gear. If I need the first gear I can get to it after I completely stop.
The trick to shifting the bike from third into second is to shift it down between 15 - 20 MPH. Shifting the bike is tricky, and even after two thousand miles I have to say I'm still learning. Eventually I will go into the gear box and fix the problem.
Another thing it does is if the gear does not catch just right, it will pop out of third gear into second and a re-tap of the gear shifter will put it into third again.
I do not think this bike is a beginners bike because you can get in trouble on it quickly. One thing I learned the hard way is if the bike is in third gear and I'm on a hill, shifting into second at a low speed will bring the front wheel up into an instant wheelie.
The original neutral switch broke; I replaced it and the part was shorter and it currently does not work. I currently use a alligator clip and clip it to a bolt end to use the electric start. The kick starter works great if the electric start is not working.
This bike is a great hill climber and is geared just right for that. The top speed is around 43 MPH, which is fast enough for this bike.
I replaced the brakes, and it stops on a dime.
One quality about the bike is how it feels on the road, and the only way to describe it is it's sticky.
I like the bike and will continue to ride it as far as I can.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th April, 2009