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Old 10-31-2008, 08:48 AM   #1
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Quest for my Dream Bike

I have always wanted a 1983 Honda CB1000 Custom.



So while searching Craigslist, I found one in Kansas City that looked well cared for and the price was right.

I jumped on a jet and headed for Kansas City -



The seller picked me up & we headed off to see the bike. It was in great shape, and came with-

- a set of soft Hondaline saddlebags
- some extra parts
- a Honda Service Manual-
- original tool kit and air pressure guage
- Maier windscreen

The bike was a 9 out of a 10.

After closing the deal, I got a local hotel room (it was late), removing the sidecovers and locking the bike up for the night-





My plan was to get up early and head south to Clarksville, Arkansas to meet some folks for the Fall Colors Tour, spend the night there, then ride to Woodward Oklahoma, hotel, and then ride to Denver on day 3.

DAY ONE

So I woke at 5 am & checked the weather -



Good thing I brought all of my liners! I loaded up the bike and headed south. Here's the route -



I wanted to run some Seafoam through the fuel system and also adjust the handlebars (they were rotated too far back), so I stopped at Autozone at 9 am or so. I bought a set of allen head wrenches and a combination screwdriver to do the adjustments-



I've brought the bars forward some, but they still feel uncomfortable (wrists are bent at an acute angle)- I'll be modding/replacing these bars when I get home-



So I headed south again enjoying the perfect riding weather- 70 degrees an clear as a bell. I pulled up to the hotel in Clarksville and unloaded the bike-



I was planning on meeting up with JV & Yard Dog, but everyone was out riding. I got on the CB and thought I'd go explore for a bit, when up rides a group of riders led by JV.

So JV & I headed out (he knows the area very well) and rode some awesome twisties through the Ozarks.

We stopped at a lake and took some pics.

my CB1000C -



Can you tell that I'm a happy guy?



JV & his highly modified KLR650 -



We headed back to Clarksville and ran into the rest of the group who had just returned from their ride.

We went out and had a great dinner -



DAY TWO

The next morning I awoke & went out to load up the bike and ran into some folks. That's Yard Dog on the left -



Then JV came out to say so long. That's me, JV, and Yard Dog -



I said my farewells and headed west. My planned route for the day -



It was cool morning with perfectly clear skies.

Entering Oklahoma-



By the time I reached Tulsa, the wind had picked up to a steady 20 mph out of the north, so riding westbound was by no means boring.

I stopped in Enid for coffee & a break -



West of Enid I came upon a series of long buttes -



I turned around and saw a common sight out here, a small roadside cemetery -



Getting closer to the buttes I see that there's a sign for a state park, so I pull in-





There are bunch of these ridges, and I stopped again to take some pics -



As I ride into Woodward, I see a car dealer with this beauty for sale -



I pull into a hotel & get a room -





After dinner and crash out for the evening.

DAY 3

Up early again and check the weather..... 24 degrees! Well, I decide to wait a bit for it to warm up and review the route for today-



I leave at 830 am or so with the temp around 35 degrees.

My first stop is Fort Supply just outside of Woodward. Fort Supply was a US Calvary outpost in the late 1800s. When I get there, the museum area is still locked up, so I ride down the road and see the cemetery.

Now I'm not a fan of these places, but I thought I'd check it out-



Hmmm, I decided to look around -

Looks like the Terminator was here -



Some of the grave stones for the folks on the sign -







Ok, enough of that- I left there and stopped at a windfarm -



A Red Tailed Hawk was cruising the area -





Then I entered Kansas -



Stopped at an abandoned farm house for a stretch -



A bit farther north I stopped at the Big Basin Prairie reserve. There are Bison here (open range) so I eased into the preserve.



You can't really tell by this photo, but I'm stopped near the edge of a 200 foot bluff -



Over that hill I found a bison right near the edge of the road -



A close up -



Well, there was no way that I was going to push my luck with that fella, so I turned around and headed north to Dodge City, Kansas for lunch.

Right in the middle of town is a old steam locomotive, and I just had to check it out -





The data plate on the boiler -



Even has a cow-catcher installed -



Here's a pic I found of one of it's type in action -



So I had a quick lunch and headed out. There are lot's of cattle feed lots in the area, so I stopped at the top of a hill and took a pic of a VERY large one I came upon -



Farther west I saw a sign for ruts made by wagons along the Sante Fe Trail, so I stopped to check them out -





Some of the ruts you can still see -





The day continued to be windy and cold, and it got colder as I entered Colorado -



I was happy to get home and put the bike and myself to bed -

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Old 10-31-2008, 08:58 AM   #2
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Fly and ride on a unknown to you bike. You have my undying admiration.

Nice pics and a great trip. Well done.

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Old 10-31-2008, 09:45 AM   #3
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Nice report, Hondo. Looks like a real nice bike and what a great way to put it to the test!

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Old 10-31-2008, 12:02 PM   #4
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Short but Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet !!!

You know, it's too bad that ride report was so short because the quality of it was superb . I'm not much into older bikes, somehow new always looks better to me but I have to say, that Honda is gorgeous . And what a bargain! I would love to have one. And cruizin' cemeterys? Heck I love doing that. I'd subscribe but.....

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Old 10-31-2008, 12:29 PM   #5
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But do you have any pics with the bike in them?

Seriously, what's with removing the side covers?

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Old 10-31-2008, 12:44 PM   #6
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Fly and ride on a unknown to you bike. You have my undying admiration.

Done it twice now. Every time I look to buy a new bike I kind of hope I find it out of state so I can do it again.
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Old 10-31-2008, 02:03 PM   #7
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Fly and ride, that's a great way to get to know your new bike! congrats and thanks for sharing your first date with us
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Old 10-31-2008, 02:36 PM   #8
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But do you have any pics with the bike in them?

Seriously, what's with removing the side covers?

Jamie
Wht do you expect, it's a new bike thread ?

The side covers have a habit of getting swiped at hotels, and since Honda only made the CB1000 Custom in 1983, those babies are pretty rare (especially in the great condition mine are in).

So i just pull 'em off for the night & keep the bad guys honest -
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Old 10-31-2008, 02:53 PM   #9
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Great report! Gald you made it home okay..wish I could have hook up with you guys down in Clarksville and glad you got to hook up with JV and the guys..
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Old 10-31-2008, 03:13 PM   #10
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Great report on a really nice find! Good to see you again Hondo.
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:29 PM   #11
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Wht do you expect, it's a new bike thread ?

The side covers have a habit of getting swiped at hotels, and since Honda only made the CB1000 Custom in 1983, those babies are pretty rare (especially in the great condition mine are in).

So i just pull 'em off for the night & keep the bad guys honest -
I like the black,is that a rare color for that bike?( i've only seen brown and blue previously.)
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:35 PM   #12
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There were only 2 color combinations, the black & blue (some call it charcoal) and the rootbeer brown color scheme-
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:36 PM   #13
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So what was the verdict on the bike?
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Old 10-31-2008, 09:07 PM   #14
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So what was the verdict on the bike?
I feel that it is a most excellent bike -

Handles much better with new tires, and I modded the handlebars to a more forward position -
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Old 11-01-2008, 01:27 AM   #15
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I have traveled that very route several times. I lived in Falcon east of the springs and my folks live in cushing OK. You captured what i like the most in a trip, History.
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