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1982 Honda CB900C from Canada

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 kilometres
Most recent distance52000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHonda CB750

Summary:

Competent bike in an urban environment

Faults:

Mufflers rusted out.

Cam cover gasket leaked.

Torque lever bolt broke.

Tachometer seal leaks.

General Comments:

Handles nicely, jet through ins & outs of traffic.

Accelerates rapidly, lots of speed on tap.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2006

1980 Honda CB900C from United States of America

Model year1980
Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1982
Most recent year of ownership2002
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB450K6

Summary:

Very sporty around-town bike; limited range

Faults:

Blew engine of my CB900C at 68,000 miles because of engine cam bearing. Cost to fix the engine was more than the value of the bike.

Gas tank was too small.

Trouble starting it (especially in cold weather), if the bike sat for a few days or more. I remedied this by fabricating exterior battery posts, and then used a car battery and jumpers to start it the first time during the day. After that, it was okay. I suspect that the starting problem may have been that enough gas evaporated over time from the float bowls of the four carburetors, so that engine was initially starving for fuel.

General Comments:

The four cylinder engine was smooth and very powerful.

You could only go 120 miles before having to go on gas tank reserve. This was sometimes a problem on trips into remote areas.

Despite a few problems with this bike, I loved it. It was blindingly FAST, handled well, and the unique dual-range transmission made riding on twisty mountain roads a lot of fun. The low range of the transmission was very useful when riding steep hills in downtown areas, such as San Francisco or Seattle.

The brakes were FANTASTIC. It had dual discs on the front and single disc rear. When I first bought it, I damn near threw myself off the thing when I hit the brakes hard at high speed.

The shaft drive was wonderful and trouble free.

Relatively easy to do maintenance work on.

A fun, sporty bike for around town and nearby rural areas. If you're going to go on long road trips, get a Gold Wing.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2006

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