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Old 06-17-2015, 04:03 PM   #1
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Me and the wife on a 1982 Honda CB900

My wife and I have worked pretty hard getting kids through school and decided to take some time and see some sights around Michigan.This was our first over-night trip on the old Honda and it performed very well.



This is my bike on a normal day,set up for commuting



Kind of a crummy pic but I added a sissy bar so my wife would be more comfortable and hopefully could sit for at least 2-3 hours at a time.

I use soft luggage (Tourmaster) and a 40L Givi duffle bag.We had plenty of storage space for a simple overnight trip.Ok Ok leave out all the comments where you could have gotten by on a fraction of the luggage!! This was a shake-out trip to see what works (for us) and what needs improvement.

The trip is from Auburn Hills,Mi to the tip of the thumb (Port Austin) traveling along the shore of Lake Huron.

I have lived in Michigan for 26 years and have never been up in the thumb....very,very sad considering it's only about 180 or so miles with our planned route.Even less if you just shoot straight north.
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Old 06-17-2015, 04:18 PM   #2
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Almost forgot,this is my first ride report.It will have very few pictures but will also be quite boring from a writing standpoint.

Since I don't own a GPS I used the Harley Davidson trip planning app.It was ok for my purposes but I wouldn't have a clue how to load my route so you could be in awe of my planning skills.

Michigan is rather flat and straight forward in our area,we encountered exactly two curves the entire trip and they were only a few miles from home.We just beat north on Rochester Rd.for 30 or so miles then stopped to have some breakfast at a little diner in Dryden.It was good and we needed a smoke so I didn't mind stopping so soon.Gave everything the once over and all seemed good for at least awhile.
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Old 06-17-2015, 05:46 PM   #3
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Nice F model! My buddy had a C, big heavy pig. Nice looker!
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Old 06-17-2015, 05:54 PM   #4
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This would be a nice little place to stop over if your looking for lodging north of Port Huron.The views of the lake are pretty nice and it's a cute little town with what appears to be some decent restaurants and lodging but we were heading farther north.



Lots of sandy beaches but the temps were high 60's so I hate to think what the water would be.



This is the view from our room in Port Austin,we followed US25 north along the shores of the Huron.It can get pretty windy when you get up here.There are lots of wind turbines in this area (saw several on the return trip.
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I'm just going to throw this pic in because I like hockey and it will get a better response than my ride report.A very young Joey Kocur and Bob Probert.Detroit fans loved these guys
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Old 06-17-2015, 06:12 PM   #6
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Nice F model! My buddy had a C, big heavy pig. Nice looker!
Thanks,I always wanted one when they were new and couldn't afford it,this one came up for sale about 10 years ago with low miles and mostly original so I pounced on it.I never cared much for the C model but I still see some around with huge miles on them!
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Old 06-18-2015, 04:36 AM   #7
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We were treated to a very nice sunset.



If your a boater,you better know what the hell your doing on this lake.Storms are known to blow up without warning.This pic is of the lighthouse and marina.
The rocks surround a safe area that can be entered but darned if I know the depth here.Looks kinda tricky to enter.



Another couple were staying at the same lodge,I always loved that tangerine/white paint scheme on a bonnie.
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http://rideplanner.harley-davidson.c...9&locale=en_US

Here's a link to the route we took,I don't know if it works or not.

yes it works after further review!
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My wife and I toured eastern Canada on a cb750f for 2 weeks back in the 80's. Great bike. Enjoy. Found an old pic. Always wished for the 900.

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One word of advice...I've ruin two sets of those saddle bags rubbing holes through the inside of them rubbing on my rear shocks. Best to find some type of way to shield them from those shocks rubbing holes into em.
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One word of advice...I've ruin two sets of those saddle bags rubbing holes through the inside of them rubbing on my rear shocks. Best to find some type of way to shield them from those shocks rubbing holes into em.
Crap... never even looked for wear against the shocks
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My wife and I toured eastern Canada on a cb750f for 2 weeks back in the 80's. Great bike. Enjoy. Found an old pic. Always wished for the 900.

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I had a 79 CB750K that I thought was plenty at the time.Of course I was single and about 50 lbs lighter too.That was in about 1982.
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One word of advice...I've ruin two sets of those saddle bags rubbing holes through the inside of them rubbing on my rear shocks. Best to find some type of way to shield them from those shocks rubbing holes into em.


yikes...kinda like this?
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My wife and I have worked pretty hard getting kids through school and decided to take some time and see some sights around Michigan.This was our first over-night trip on the old Honda and it performed very well.


Awesome! Great to see these beauties still out and about, doing what they were meant to!

In 1990 my buddy and I rode our bikes from British Columbia to Galveston Texas, him on his '82 CB900F, and me on my '82 CX500Turbo, both of us bedecked with soft side luggage as well. Neither missed a beat, and were a joy to do the trip on.

Best trip ever, I remember it like it was yesterday
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Awesome! Great to see these beauties still out and about, doing what they were meant to!

In 1990 my buddy and I rode our bikes from British Columbia to Galveston Texas, him on his '82 CB900F, and me on my '82 CX500Turbo, both of us bedecked with soft side luggage as well. Neither missed a beat, and were a joy to do the trip on.

Best trip ever, I remember it like it was yesterday
Thanks,we got another trip planned next week to the west side of Michigan (Holland area).I need to take some more interesting photo's this time!
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