1983 Honda CB1000 Custom from United States of America - Comments

26th Sep 2005, 19:32

I have a CB1000 "project big one" 1996 located in New Zealand, it is apparently not possible to import in Australia as it is made for America... Does anyone knows what modification I need to do?

22nd Jan 2006, 15:00

If you want to know more about the Honda 10 speed, go to Honda CB 900 / 1000 Custom club.

26th Jul 2006, 22:48

I also recently purchased an 83' CB 1000 Custom and I cruised to Mn, 450 miles from where I am at, going 95 most the way in 102 degree heat, and didn't have any problems. They don't make them like they used to.

3rd Aug 2006, 07:47

I own an '83 CB1000 and love it. I purchased after not owning a bike since the early '60's. What a difference / I think that this model has to be one of the best ever built by Honda.

I do NOT get good gas mileage though, 25-30MPG / suggestions welcome. (Carbs have been overhauled).

GB-Lafayette, LA.

25th Aug 2006, 21:01

After considering the purchase of either a CB1000, CB1100F, Magna V65, or Sabre V65, I purchased an 1983 CB1000 in mint condition, and absolutely love it.

Having previously owned several cycles including a Whizzer motor bike, Lambretta scooter, Zundapp Bella scooter, Honda's including CB750's, CB400, GL500, GL650, a BMW R69S, Matchless 500 single, Triumph Thunderbird, and Vincent Black Shadow, among others, I am highly pleased by the smoothness, comfort, performance and quality of my CB1000.

Although I've not yet experienced riding motorcycles such as a Gold Wing or Harley, and am therefore limited in making comparisons, I know the CB1000 is a superb machine, and I will enjoy my treasure.

Bart.

5th Oct 2006, 22:50

I have owned many motorcycles since 1970 and was a Honda mechanic in the '70s. My all-time favorite motorcycle was my 1972 Honda CB750 followed by my 1998 Harley Road King. My last five motorcycles have been Harleys.

I must be going through a mid-life crisis! Sold the Harley and have been restoring early Honda Trail 70s and MiniTrail 50s. I've had an overwhelming urge to get a mint old Honda CB750 and the other "original" Honda 4s - CB350 Four, CB500 Four, and CB550 Four. I found a beautiful CB350 Four that is a blast to ride and fun to show off, but having Harleys for my last five bikes, missed having a powerful and fast cruiser. In my search for a CB750 I ran across a MINT 1983 CB1000 Custom with only 17k original miles. WOW! What a bike! I bought it immediately and absolutely love it. There is nothing like the smooth power of the bullet-proof Honda four-cylinder engine, with a dual-range transmission, riding on air suspension, packaged in a beautiful factory custom package.

Well, the CB350 Four is now for sale, and I have the urge to get a CBX...

7th Nov 2006, 14:09

In the spring of 2006 my son presented me with a gift, a 1983 Honda CB1000 Custom. My son works at a motorcycle shop. One day a customer brought this bike in for some minor repairs and my son offered him $500 to purchase it. The man agreed and my son promptly bought it. The bike was in original condition with only 15,500 miles on the odometer. My son replaced the stock exhaust, which had rusted somewhat, and also re-jetted the carburetors and installed K&N air filters. I have been riding it since March and marvel at how this 24 year old bike has the acceleration of today's new bikes.

5th Jan 2007, 00:56

After purchasing 1 1981 CB900F, 1 1981 CB900 Custom, and 1 1983 CB1100F from the US in 2005, I couldn't resist the desire and got 1 CB1000 Custom from the US again last Oct.

After much careful repair and fine tuning + some hard labor in cleaning, it now runs perfect and shines desseling.

I'm sure that I'm the only owner of these 4 types of classic Honda bikes in Taiwan, because due to the government's funny and rather strict law, between 1981 and 2002, there had been no bikes over 151 CC ever imported from abroad.

Since 2002, most bikers here have purchased bikes of the latest models and only guys like me, who have been dreaming and wanting to own such nices bikes like the ones mentioned above, have tried very hard to acquire some vintage bikes from the States, Japan or Europe.

Now I'm rather proud of my big old babies (currently I have another 1978 KZ1000) and satisfied with all of them.

All the best to you all over the world. Sincere greetings from Taipei city (the capital of the nation), Taiwan.

9th Jan 2007, 16:39

I bought a brand new 1983 Honda CB1000 in 1983, which was the first bike I had ever bought new in my life. Since then I have owned 7 or 8 different 1983 Honda CB1000 Customs. I currently have two of them, both having a little over 8000 miles on them! One of them has been totally chromed out, while remaining stock otherwise, and what a beauty, I have never seen a nicer one anywhere. The other one is totally stock and untouched, and immaculate also.

I have never had one problem with any of the ones that I owned, and with a price tag of 3300.00 brand new in 1983, they still compare to the cruiser bikes of today that cost 8000.00. What a joke, they should have kept making the 1983 Honda Cb1000 because it is just as good as todays bikes.

17th Jan 2007, 07:22

Hi all, I needed money to finish building my new house a couple of years ago and decided to sell my Sportster.

A year later I found myself wanting something to ride again, but was still short on cash. I ran across a like new 1000C with only 12K on it for only about a third of what I got for the Harley.

The funny part is, to me, there is no comparison between the two bikes. With these air shocks, this thing seems like it floats down the road, and like others here have mentioned, it's crotch rocket fast. I would think nothing of hopping on my 1000 and driving it from Chicago to Alaska... something I would have had to be crazy to consider doing on the Sportster.

A couple of things that I've noticed though: this bike can be very economical or it can be a gas hog. If I keep the speed under 65, my mileage can get up into the mid forties. Once I go over 65 the mileage decreases exponentially. At 80, it goes down to about 36 mpg, and at 90 it gets into the low 20's. This is fine with me, as I'll sacrifice 10 mph for 10 mpg most days.

The only other thing is, it's a bit of a pain setting the valves. It requires replacing shims, but they only need to be done around every 5000 miles or so.

One thing I really love is the drive shaft. I used to hate having to oil and tighten my chain all the time on the Harley.

So, if you're the kind of guy who just wants a really great looking, fast, reliable bike... and if impressing the Harley snobs out in the parking lot of the saloon isn't all that important to you... then take the money you would spend on taxes for a new Harley, and find a nice Custom. (The 900's are great bikes also, and there's a lot more of them)