When I bought the bike it was missing 1st gear. Starts off easily enough from 2nd.
Also has an oil leak from the front right side of the engine, from underneath the radiator shroud.
The temp gauge does not function, but the cooling system works.
My bike comes with brackets to fit a pair of hard saddlebags, and the bracket, passenger pegs, and muffler bracket all connect to the frame at the same point. Somehow the one bolt that holds it all together fell off, so now I'm missing a peg, and my muffler is loose.
This is a great bike. Mine is a '78, the first year they were made. If you get a '78 (any) or a '79 (within a certain serial number range), be aware of the recall issue. Early models had a faulty cam chain tensioner that would cause the cam chain to get loose and tear up the inside of the engine. This was fixed part way through 1979, but Honda issued a recall on all existing bikes. You can tell if your bike has been fixed by checking the lower left part of the engine where the number is stamped into the casing. If you see three punch dots in a triangle pattern, your bike was fixed.
Anyway, I love this motorcycle. It's 500cc, so big enough to keep up with highway traffic, but not big enough to get you into trouble (or killed in some cases). I've owned mine for a month, and I've put about 2000 miles on it. I get about 45-50 miles to the gallon, with a range of about 150-170 miles per tank. The bike is shaft-drive, so no chain to tighten up or replace. It does require some periodic maintenance, but not nearly as much as conventional chain drive. The engine is practically bulletproof, but if you do need to do some maintenance (tune-ups, valve adjustments, etc), the heads are conveniently angled outwards to make it easy for you.
These bikes make good cafe-racers or bobbers, if you're into that sort of thing. And you can take it across the country without a second thought... you'll probably wear more than the bike will.
This is an EXCELLENT first bike. The only drawback is that it's not ideal if you're short, and while you can lower the bike somewhat on the shocks, it might not help much. But I'm totally in love with this motorcycle!
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th August, 2012