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1982 Honda CB900C from Canada

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2012
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired67000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha XS650 Special

Summary:

All around great ride, she's a keeper

Faults:

My RPM tach cable broke from wear.

Gas tank paint faded over the years.

Cam chain had to be adjusted.

General Comments:

The original seat was very uncomfortable, but it was an easy fix.

This motorcycle is a monster after 100 mph.

One day I decided to roll on the throttle to find out how fast it would go. I saw 145 mph on the speedo with throttle to spare - wow!

Handles very nice in town, or on highways.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2012

1981 Honda CB900C from United States of America

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired22500 miles
Most recent distance25500 miles

Summary:

Fantastic bike

Faults:

Small oil leak from the oil pan.

Hard to start. Installed new coils, wires, and plugs. Run great.

Small leak from the carburetor.

Front brakes squeak.

General Comments:

Powerful bike with a great ride. Handles well for the weight of the bike. Very fun to ride. Has a very comfortable seat.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 2012

1981 Honda CB900C from United States of America

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 miles
Most recent distance24500 miles

Summary:

Outstanding bike, will never sell

Faults:

Replaced the battery.

Leak in the carburetor system.

Slight pulsing in the front brakes.

Replaces both tires with Pirelli's MT66.

General Comments:

This is my second bike, and it is wonderful. It has plenty of power, and handles well in curves and traffic. I love the 10 gear range box of 5 low and 5 high. Great in the mountains and highways because of this. It is a real keeper.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st September, 2011

1981 Honda CB900C from United States of America

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
Most recent year of ownership2011
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.1 / 10
Distance when acquired14000 miles
Most recent distance15200 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda Dream 305

Summary:

I have owned 9 bikes in my life; this is the best one

Faults:

The front and rear brakes locked up. This was probably because it sat for 12 years before I bought it. The caliper parts had some corrosion from the 12 years of neglect. I cleaned the parts, and have not had any more trouble with them. Also, I had my local Honda shop go through the carbs, and they have been fine since then.

General Comments:

I was looking for an old CB750 when I found this bike. I am glad I didn't find a 750.

My bike is in very good condition for its age. I did some cleaning and polishing on it, and get a lot of positive comments on it. Most people say that it is the best CB900C that they have seen.

I have a bad back, and I really like how comfortable the ride is.

For a big heavy bike, it is plenty fast for me. I really like it.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2011

1982 Honda CB900C from Canada

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired71000 kilometres
Most recent distance77000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GZ250

Summary:

Awesome and reliable

Faults:

When purchased, oil was and still is leaking from valve cover gasket (?). Nothing major, just slightly annoying as it smells when the engine is hot.

At odometer reading of 74,900, the speedo cable had to be replaced as it snapped (M+L $52.00).

General Comments:

During my ownership nothing else needed to be replaced or repaired (total "yearly" cost of maintenance: $52.00) except of course routine oil change.

Oil consumption around 1L/1000km (it could be more the leak than actual burning).

Highway mileage varies from 5.6 to 7.1 L/100km (42 to 33 MPG).

Vehicle, despite its age and mileage, provides a total confidence on the highway, especially when passing others or "flying by" if demanded...

Engine is humming softly at around the legal speeds; no coughing when accelerating or decelerating.

The only inconvenience is that at low morning temperatures, the motorcycle needs to be warmed up for approx. 1 minute to avoid, almost guarantied, unpleasant engine dying.

Wish the seat had a back support for long distance travel (just to spoil the rider).

Other than that, a pure pleasure for the user.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2010

30th Aug 2011, 22:15

After adding some extra miles (current odometer reading is 89000 km), I can correct my fuel mileage. The best was 4.1 L/100km (57 mpg) driving at 88km/hr (55mph) for 2 weeks to work.

1st Aug 2012, 21:04

Final Notice.

Current mileage 94300. No repairs of any kind (except new rear tire) since last post. End of use.

Cam chains became noisy.

New chains and respective sprockets needed (apparently still available and reasonably priced), cam chain tensioners (2) needed (hard to get and unreasonably if available priced) + whatever is needed when engine is opened.

Labor: cost prohibitive.

Mechanic's advice: "Do not get too sentimental about it. Move on". Advice duly taken.

In retrospect, it was a great bike. Relaxes in the back yard.

"New" (86) Yamaha Venture is the replacement.

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 24 reviews