1982 Honda CB900C from United States of America
Absolutely no problems. This is a great bike! I have, however, just developed a small oil leak around the oil pan, but no worries.
This bike runs really well. I'm currently riding 110 miles back and forth to work, mostly on 4-lane highways. The bike just purrs along, 4500 rpm @ 70 mph. I do think I should get a more comfortable seat for this kind of riding.
The bike has a Vetter Windjammer IV fairing and vented windshield and also a Vetter trunk. It's great for hauling groceries or anything else. The 10-speed transmission and 4 into 4 exhaust make for cool features of the bike. Too bad the previous owner thought to use an SOS pad to clean the exhaust pipes!
My main complaint about this bike is that if you let it sit for more than a week without riding, it is very cold blooded; it turns over fine but does not fire immediately. My mechanic told me that Honda's were known for this and the '82 CB900 was the worst. With it currently being a daily driver, I have no problems starting it.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th August, 2008
14th Apr 2009, 19:00
About the cold blooded starting. Drain the carburator bowls, then supply fresh gas from the tank. Two ways to do this:
1. Remove the vacuum line adjacent to cylinder 2 insulator, then apply vacuum by other means to refill bowls, replace vacuum line to nipple.
2. Locate vent line for vacuum diaphragm for petcock, it will be on the right side. Apply light air pressure till bowls fill. The bike will start like you just stopped it.
When the fuel sits in the bowls for a few days hydrocarbons evaporate out, and they are what makes the fuel quick burning.