1979 Honda CX500 from United States of America
I've ridden motorcycles on and off for about 25 years. And nearly all of them are older bikes. In fact, the most modern bike I've owned is a 1987 BMW, which I still have. Previously, a 1986 Honda Shadow. And that was in 1988.
My "toys" currently consist of said BMW (a 1987 K100RT), a 1975 BMW R75/6, a 1981 Suzuki GS650G, and this 1979 Honda CX500.
And the CX500 is the easiest and often the most fun of all of them (although like all children, I spread my love equally). It rides relatively low, and its fairly narrow wheel base make it easy to maneuver. This "Poor Man's Moto Guzzi" has a smooth and peppy transverse engine, putting out the same HP as my '75 Airhead. The wet clutch allows me to shift very easily, and I can even ride 2-up with girlfriend in tow, on the highway at a comfortable 70 mph (roughly 110 kph, I think).
This bike is getting popular among enthusiasts that want to "cafe" the bike out. Many designers (David Mucci comes to mind; his site is great) have made *stunning* cafe racers, but I think generally, the CX500 is a poor platform for it unless you're handy with a welder (or buddies with one). But the bike's ease of use, its reliability, and its overall fun make it one worth customizing, and at the very least, keeping for a long time.
There are a few things to mindful of (i.e., potential cons):
1. Google CX500 and "triple bypass". Around 20,000 miles, these bikes often need it (or part of it).
2. Ignition issues as they get older, often requiring some replacing, namely in their CDI units (Ignitech is the go-to replacement).
3. The usual issues for a bike that's 35-ish years old. Many of us don't fare that much better at that age.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd November, 2015