1982 Honda CM450E from United States of America
Quick, responsive and easy to ride
Well since I bought the bike I have totally rebuilt, chopped, rewired and added many new parts to the bike.
As far as having something go wrong, my main problem was carburetors. I had to finally take to repair shop and have them re-jetted, tuned, synced, and dyno-ed. But other than that, I haven't had to replace any parts.
I chopped up my Honda CM450E totally! I chopped off the rear portion of the frame, added taillights inside cutoff portion of rear frame. Removed rear shocks and replaced with custom made struts, so it's a hard tail now. Made a custom springer seat, which is actually quite comfortable even with the hardtail. Redid all the wiring completely, and removed anything unnecessary from the bike, ie. side skirts, battery tray, electrical tray, and made a custom wire box/holder under seat. Made a custom battery box under seat. Added a new chrome hi-watt headlight. Pretty much made my bike fully custom, one of a kind bike. It's old school.
Now that it is FINALLY done, I mean fully running. This bike is extremely fast for a 450. That being said though, I have a stage 3 jet kit in carbs, custom straight pipe exhaust, and custom air filter/ air pods. So my bike is differently modded, and was dyno-ed to around 60HP!! Stock is around 45HP.
Braking is not so great, but it's drum, what do you expect?
Handling is very good since bike is so small.
I am a very experienced rider, and stand 6' tall, 165 lbs, so not a small guy, but I can easily ride this bike, and it's actually quite fun to ride.
Now all this being said, I never rode the bike when it was stock, so I have nothing to compare to as far as recommendations. But, I do know, with some minor modifications, the Honda CM450E is a very quick, response easy to handle bike.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th April, 2010