1982 Honda CM450E from United States of America
Easy to handle, reliable, low maintenance bike
Chain and sprockets are showing their age and will have to be replaced soon. Otherwise, nothing aside from normal maintenance (lube, cables, fluid and filter changes, etc).
450cc parallel twin, 6-speed transmission. Great little bike for commuting, riding around town, or short highway trips. Keep up with the maintenance and it will be a very reliable bike. Lightweight, nimble, easy to handle, a great beginner bike.
Surprisingly quick for a 450, although it's definitely no speed demon. The bike is happy cruising at around 70mph on the highway; any faster than that and the vibration starts to get to you. Although the bike can hit 80-90 if needed.
The drum brakes require a stronger squeeze than disks, but on the plus side they are lower maintenance.
Bike gets about 50-60mpg, depending how you ride.
Only things I wish it had are a tachometer, a centerstand, and a slightly larger fuel tank... it holds about 2.5 gallons so you can only get about 100 miles before hitting reserve.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th May, 2007
OK here's the deal, my 450 is a pretty good bike overall, but there are a few issues I still have a problem with.
Like valve clatter; no matter what I do, tick, tick, tick. Is it just me? Or does anyone else have this problem? Maybe I'm just too picky.
The bike runs good enough. I haven't had any real problems with it, so yes it is a good bike, great for a beginner, or experienced rider alike. And if you are looking for a bike that is easy to learn to work on yourself, this is the bike for you.
For you riders out there who already have one, if you are like me, and have a problem with the stock headlight not being bright enough, or are looking for an aftermarket headlight that is cheaper than and better than the OEM, try candlepower.com, they have what you need. When you call, ask for Kenny Franklin. Tell him Psychopedia Jim sent ya, you'll be glad you did, and oh yeah, a 50/65 watt headlight will work with the stock electrical system, but replace the 20 year old original headlight fuse first, otherwise you might find yourself riding in the dark.
I also have a 1982 CM450E with a "ticking" noise coming from both sides of the engine. After letting the auto-cam tensioner adjust itself and checking/re-checking valve clearance, the tick remains.
Through other online forum research, I've learned that some ticking noises are inevitable. Long-time owners have suggested it is better to hear the valve tappets working than to not hear them at all.
As long as there is fresh oil and valve clearance is checked annually, I hope nothing gets worse! Best of luck to you, me and everyone else with well-deserved concern for these classic motorcycles.