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1982 Honda CB900C from United States of America

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.1 / 10
Distance when acquired19000 miles
Most recent distance71124 miles


Best bike I have ever owned!


Replaced 2 clutch cables.

Tach drive seal and valve cover gasket.

Constantly readjusting cam chain.

Front brake master cylinder got stuck.

General Comments:

The first time I rode this bike, I fell in love with it. When I bought it, it had sat in a garage for a couple of years with only occasional engine starts.

Even the seat was in good condition with no rips or holes.

Over the years that I have had it, I have replaced the rear tire about 1 a year with about 9000 miles. The fronts go about 2 years each. Air ride both front and rear are trouble free. The bike also still has the original factory pipes that show no sign of rusting out.

During the summer I drive this bike daily, and on the interstate highway, and she just runs along at the posted speed for as long as I need it to, and when I need it, she has the power to spare. I get on average 43 MPG.

I feel this bike will run for as long as I keep regular with the maintenance, oil changes at 3000 miles and cam chain adjustment every 2000. This spring it got new paint on the tank and side covers. The old factory paint had started to peel and the clear coat was badly sun damaged.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th July, 2008

8th Oct 2012, 14:20

If you are constantly adjusting the cam chain, you might want to have the cam chain adjuster replaced, as it is supposed to do that for you automatically.

14th Apr 2013, 12:49

I have a 1981 CB900C. How do you re-adjust the cam chain? Can you email me at Thank you.

1981 Honda CB900C from United States of America

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance29000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB750


Great styling, performance and ride


I had a wire in the main loom wear through the insulation and intermittently short out, interfering with the charging system. Quickly and cheaply repaired with a new piece of wire.

The headlamp in the Hondaline fairing is meager.

General Comments:

I had a 1973ish CB750 K3 with a hot set of gears. My 1981 CB900 Custom is just a 750 on steroids. It has enough power to get out of its own way and then some. I laid the lash to it the other day and was grinning for an hour. Hang on when it gets up and dances.

The unique 10 speed transmission allows you to pretend you're driving a cement truck. room.. shift.. room.. shift.. room.. shift.. room.. shift room.. shift.. room.. shift.. room.. shift room.. shift. Even BMW riders start counting on their fingers. I have visions of carpal ankle syndrome.

I love the balance of it. The ride is very comfortable but you have to keep an eye on your shock pressures if you change riding styles dramatically. One in the city or two with baggage cross country require different shock pressures. Once you get the shocks right, it will set down in a slot and go where you look when you look.

Mine is 28 years old with 29000 miles. Everything is original. It has the factory Hondaline fairing, bags, trunk and seat in outstanding condition. I had the bags and trunk painted last winter for 28 years of scratches all over. They leak badly.

The fuel tank is 5.3 gallon and mileage is about 35-45 mpg. That gives you about 150 miles comfortably, and maybe about 200 miles until you become a pedestrian.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2008

8th Oct 2012, 14:24

The stock fairing headlight should be able to be changed to a brighter element. My 1982 without fairing has a stock halogen 55/65 watt element. I switched it to a 65/100 watt halogen element, and boy, did that make a wonderful difference!!

1982 Honda CB900C from Canada

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 kilometres
Most recent distance78000 kilometres


More reliable than a battle tank, and a wonderful joy to ride and own


Minor oil leaks (tach drive seal, valve cover gasket).

Fuel petcock leak.

Timing chain requires frequent adjustment.

Signal light switch contacts need cleaning every two years.

Hard on the rear tire (keeps turning into smoke and long, black lines on the pavement).

General Comments:

Overall a great bike, and very hard to kill!

As a young punk (I purchased the bike when I was 17), I did nothing but beat on this thing for years, and it has never been out of commission (except for multiple crashes from goofing off).

On long trips, the seat becomes uncomfortable, but I got a custom aftermarket seat for Christmas 2005; I'll see if that improves it.

A small windscreen works great on this bike for keeping wind off the rider, because of the relatively low seat height and relaxed, upright rider position.

The fuel tank is relatively small for a large bike, and range is about 240km/150miles at best on the highway with luggage, but the factory seat makes you want to get off and stretch about that frequently anyways.

The cam chain requires frequent adjustment on these bikes; not a difficult procedure, but vitally important to prevent major engine damage. Mine starts to get slightly noisy (rattles) at about 4000km/2500miles.

Lots of power; does 13.2 seconds (traction limited off the line) at 105.4MPH in the 1/4 mile even after 13 years without being tuned; high 12's are likely if I get around to tuning this year.

The factory exhaust was long gone (rusted out), and the aftermarket replacement 4-1 header is shot (2 pipes are crushed and lots of rust). The only replacement exhaust systems available anymore are MAC non-performance systems; not too expensive, but little performance benefit.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2006

26th Jul 2009, 21:29

Accurate assessment. I absolutely love mine. I cannot believe how little people are willing to pay for these in dire straits. I've had mine on c l for $1500 and people insulted me with lowball offers. I feel like I'm riding a 4-5k bike. So I'll be keeping it, and continuing to love it. Ride safe.

8th Oct 2012, 14:28

People will always try to low ball you because they are cheap. If in good shape, these bikes should easily bring $1,500 all day long. I wouldn't hesitate to spend $1,500 on one of these bikes in good shape!! Too bad car makers don't build cars to this level.

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