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Old 03-03-2014, 02:27 PM   #1
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Honda Civic of motorcycles?

Every so often when someone whines about mileage, maintenance, reliability, longevity, etc. they’re chided that they shoulda’ bought a Honda Civic, not a motorcycle. We all know “that guy” who has the 200,000 mile Honda or Subaru, who has done nothing but change tires, oil and brakes. I started wondering, what IS the two wheeled equivalent to the Civic? Whatever it is would have to have hydraulic valves, fuel injection at minimum, and be roadworthy to handle highway speeds (sorry, your scooter won’t substitute for a Civic), so whatever it is would have to better than a half-liter in displacement. Ideas.
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Old 03-03-2014, 02:33 PM   #2
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Harley? No , they're slower , heavier , get worse gas mileage , have less power and MOST people don't mind Civics.
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Old 03-03-2014, 02:37 PM   #3
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Harley? No , they're slower , heavier , get worse gas mileage , have less power and MOST people don't mind Civics.

All true, but they are much more shiny than a Civic.
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Old 03-03-2014, 02:43 PM   #4
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Old 03-03-2014, 02:49 PM   #5
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Honda CX500. At one time, they were the most popular bike of the motorcycle messengers in greater London. Given basic maintenance, they were very reliable and inexpensive.
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Old 03-03-2014, 02:56 PM   #6
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the goldwing...they are also the same size.
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Old 03-03-2014, 02:59 PM   #7
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Honda CX500. At one time, they were the most popular bike of the motorcycle messengers in greater London. Given basic maintenance, they were very reliable and inexpensive.
The CX is a pretty solid contender. I had one as my first bike. I beat the hell out of it and only occasionally gave it any maintenance, but it never even hiccuped. I even got almost 25K out of the shitty, rock-hard Cheng Shin "Barracudas" that were on it (and they still looked barely used when I sold the bike). That was definitely the cheapest-to-own motorcycle I've ever had, and it's almost the cheapest-to-own vehicle I've ever had, period.

It didn't have hydraulic valves but it did have simple locknut adjust valves that never changed spec and were very easy to access.
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:08 PM   #8
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I'd vote for this, although I've never ridden one. The sold a Honda Deuville in Europe, was a 650 V twin, same engine as the Transalp in a long distance cruiser type bike. Built in side bags, came with a decent fairing. It was pretty nice, adequate power, adequat brakes and suspension, but not a stellar performer. That would be another choice, but I don't know if they still make them.
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:29 PM   #9
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I'd vote for this, although I've never ridden one. The sold a Honda Deuville in Europe, was a 650 V twin, same engine as the Transalp in a long distance cruiser type bike. Built in side bags, came with a decent fairing. It was pretty nice, adequate power, adequat brakes and suspension, but not a stellar performer. That would be another choice, but I don't know if they still make them.
The Honda NV700 would be close.

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Old 03-03-2014, 03:30 PM   #10
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I vote 650 strom
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:38 PM   #11
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Is the NC750 close enough? The engine revs even lower than a Civic!
http://www.bridgemotorcycles.com/new...ew-honda-nc750

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Old 03-03-2014, 03:49 PM   #12
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[QUOTE=Maggot12;23605931]I vote 650 strom[/QUOTEI

I agree with the Wee-Strom , except it has shim under bucket.

How many bikes have hydraulic valves though?

Maybe HD's and some cruisers!

And besides wouldn't valve-checks be considered maintenance items?
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:54 PM   #13
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Hydraulic tappets, shaft drive, 42 mpg, and it has a trunk.
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:59 PM   #14
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Integra

But why the hell a Civic and not a Jazz? (Sure, the Civic is way cooler.)
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Old 03-03-2014, 04:45 PM   #15
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hands down honda cb750, you see them everywhere and i hate it. no taste
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