ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Bikes > Old's Cool
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-22-2012, 11:50 PM   #31
redbiker
Adventurer
 
redbiker's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2004
Location: Florissant, Colorado
Oddometer: 12
considering buying a HondaGuzzi

Once upon a time I had a 78CX500. I am looking for a used bike and a later model year or size. With so few forums for these bikes, I 'll stick my nose in here. Just a few questions.
Do the later model years still have alternator problems?
Why CX vs GL?
What to stay away from...
What should I be careful about checking?

I am an experienced rider but looking for more of a day bike with long trip capabilities. I live in Colorado up near the top of the world and really want to get a bike again.

Any advice appreciated. Any referrals to other forums or even bikes for sale appreciated.

RED
__________________
Myles B. Lewis Florissant, CO
1990 Suzuki VX800
1982 Honda CX500C
1972 Honda CL450 DOHC
redbiker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2012, 07:24 AM   #32
Bar None
Beastly Adventurer
 
Bar None's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2007
Location: WNC SWFL
Oddometer: 4,228
Quote:
Originally Posted by redbiker View Post
Do the later model years still have alternator problems?
Why CX vs GL?
What to stay away from...
What should I be careful about checking?
RED
I'd say later model (1982) to get away from the stator problem.
I've owned maybe 6 of the 500/650 GL/CXs but would not fool with one again.
Too many better bikes IMHO.
__________________
Vince @ SWFL or WNC
2001 Kawasaki W650
2012 Dong Fang DF250RTB
2014 Ice Bear PBZ110-1P sidecar
2015 Ural cT on order
Bar None is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2012, 08:21 AM   #33
GypsyWriter
Sarah
 
GypsyWriter's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Hanford CA
Oddometer: 1,424
The stator issues were only with the CX500 model up through '81; the '82 CX500 and all GL and 650 bikes were TI. A simple fix is to replace the old CDI with an Ignitech that essentially eliminates the extra draw from the stator. Other than the stator and mech seal, these are great bikes that keep going and going and...
__________________
2012 R1200GS Rallye - Gypsy
2003 R1150GSA with DMC sidecar
Ask A Self-Publisher
Quote:
Originally Posted by FotoTEX View Post
Life is dangerous. Not doing what you love makes life even more dangerous...
GypsyWriter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2012, 09:50 AM   #34
hugemoth
Beastly Adventurer
 
hugemoth's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: In the TARDIS
Oddometer: 2,760
When I reached 100,000 miles on my 80 CX500 I pulled it apart to replace the cam chain and stationary guide which was becoming noisy. While I had it apart I pulled the heads and pistons to have a look. Valves were sealing well, no wear in the valve guides, pistons and cylinders were within new specs, even the ring end gap was within new spec. I replaced the cam chain, stationary guide, head gaskets and removed a bit of carbon build up in the head. Sold it for a Goldwing (mistake) shortly after that but I suspect it'll easily make it to 200,000 miles.
hugemoth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2012, 08:02 AM   #35
mikesova
Beastly Adventurer
 
mikesova's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Gladwin, Mi
Oddometer: 1,849
I would love a mid-weight touring machine that costs under a thousand dollars. :)
__________________
2009 Kawasaki KLX250S
2001 Yamaha TW200 (Wife's bike)
2005 Yamaha FZ6

For Sale: 2004 Husqvarna TE510 (Michigan)
mikesova is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2012, 01:27 AM   #36
redbiker
Adventurer
 
redbiker's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2004
Location: Florissant, Colorado
Oddometer: 12
considering buying a HondaGuzzi

LOL so would I. I'm waiting to figure out what to do with my non-running bikes. I seem to be drawn to bikes that are, ummm, unusual? I"m not much of a mechanic and my disability pretty much means I don't do much work on my bikes. Sometimes practicality over rules desire.

No decisions yet.
__________________
Myles B. Lewis Florissant, CO
1990 Suzuki VX800
1982 Honda CX500C
1972 Honda CL450 DOHC
redbiker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2012, 07:16 PM   #37
UncleDirt OP
Uncivil to idiots.
 
UncleDirt's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: High Plains of Colorado
Oddometer: 11,442


Awesome. I took her out for a 600 mile weekend conference in the San Juan Range, and as soon as the meetings were out, off to the bike I'd go. Forest Service road of about 60 miles, some gravel, but mostly rain rutted and dried clay roads. Poked around the Mountains, the town, and took pictures. Great weekend, great bike.









But, on the way home, she started to act like she wanted to die at stop signs. Never did, but that was due to my catching it with the throttle.

Then, outside of Pueblo running 85mph on I-25, she lost major power and was clearly running on one cylinder, if that. Got off the highway and shut her off she sounded so bad. I went to start her again when stopped, in order to start diagnosis, but there was NO power to the dash lights, nothing. Completely dead.

Pushed her over to the shade of a tree and for some reason tried the key again. All normal. WTF? Hit the starter and she fired right up and ran beautiful. So I went home, with a stop at the Pueblo Air Museum. No problems.



Next day, went to a neighboring town for something, and she started acting up again. I pulled over in a wide spot, and shut her down. I thought I'd just cycle the switch and she'd pop back to life again. No dice. No power at all, and she would not come back at all. Okay, seat off, get tools, and start to poke around. Now, I'm on the side of the road and wanting to go home, so I naturally look for the simple things, like a positive battery wire coming loose or something. I absentmindedly flip open a tiny plastic flap on a small box next to the battery, and discover a fusible link.

This link, was just a tiny strip of metal, like a butterfly band-aid, and was rated for 30 amps. And yes, there was a hairline crack in the fuse area. Ahh, the intermittent contact is explained.

So I look, and sure enough, old man Honda had put a spare in the box 30 years ago.

Boom, all fixy-fixied and all is better now.

How wonderfully simple it is to work on this bike, what little I've needed to.
Peace.
__________________
_______________________________________________
"I'll say it again: I'll consider corporations individuals when Texas executes a board of directors." ~RandyB
WW/Snoid 2014

UncleDirt screwed with this post 05-29-2012 at 07:28 PM
UncleDirt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2012, 05:43 AM   #38
tjoseph
Beastly Adventurer
 
tjoseph's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2008
Location: East West Virginia
Oddometer: 15,531
4 filters looking for a good home

Purolator ML16807. 2.7" outter diameter; .7" inner diameter; 1.8" tall, hole straight through; two o-rings in each box (for filter housing and bolt?). If these fit your CX, and you want them, just PM me an address and they're yours. If they don't fit the CX, I'd appreciate you letting me know. Thanks.

tjoseph is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2012, 01:51 PM   #39
johns
Studly Adventurer
 
johns's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2003
Location: Frozenlands, Netherlands
Oddometer: 628
Quote:
Originally Posted by UncleDirt View Post
.. These pics illustrate clearly that riding a motorcycle is about the most fun you can have with your clothes on
johns is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2012, 08:51 PM   #40
DaveF-
Adventurer
 
DaveF-'s Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2005
Location: Lawrenceville, GA
Oddometer: 99
That main fuse is a nuisance - replace it with a blade type automotive fuse and never worry about it again.

Here is a relatively recent photo of my GL.

DaveF- is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2012, 11:17 AM   #41
Laconic
Anodyne
 
Laconic's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Moran Nation, NC
Oddometer: 16,747
Good way to spend a conference.

Laconic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2012, 08:25 PM   #42
bk brkr baker
Beastly Adventurer
 
bk brkr baker's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: The Bluegrass
Oddometer: 5,458
email this posting to a friend orlando craigslist > for sale / wanted > motorcycles/scooters - by owner
please flag with care: [?]

miscategorized
prohibited
spam/overpost
best of craigslist


Avoid scams and fraud by dealing locally! Beware any deal involving Western Union, Moneygram, wire transfer, cashier check, money order, shipping, escrow, or any promise of transaction protection/certification/guarantee. More info
82 honda silver wing 500cc - $750 (st cloud)


Date: 2012-05-06, 10:26AM EDT
Reply to: svd2f-2990004894@sale.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]



priced to go new frnt tire, and battery, keep on tender while bikes been outta comission bike does not run will turn over but not start need money for next months rent great bike when working shaft driven alittle over 20,000 miles spedo broke at 18+k miles need this money asap please call 904 502 9960








  • Location: st cloud
  • it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

PostingID: 2990004894



__________________
RR's Catnip Hill to Peoria ___Loopin' Seattle to WestFest
It started with some beers __1500 miles to the Dentist
Skeedaddle to Seattle______ A 30 year old on a Three Flags Run
bk brkr baker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2012, 08:44 PM   #43
UncleDirt OP
Uncivil to idiots.
 
UncleDirt's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: High Plains of Colorado
Oddometer: 11,442
If I'm not mistaken, the right side cover says CX 500.

But hell, if it has a title, I'd offer $500. Could be simple, could be a major pita.
__________________
_______________________________________________
"I'll say it again: I'll consider corporations individuals when Texas executes a board of directors." ~RandyB
WW/Snoid 2014
UncleDirt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2012, 08:46 PM   #44
UncleDirt OP
Uncivil to idiots.
 
UncleDirt's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: High Plains of Colorado
Oddometer: 11,442
Quote:
Originally Posted by DaveF- View Post
That main fuse is a nuisance - replace it with a blade type automotive fuse and never worry about it again.

Here is a relatively recent photo of my GL.

I need to find one of those rear box extender thingies. I like using the box, and the wife has decided she likes going for rides.
__________________
_______________________________________________
"I'll say it again: I'll consider corporations individuals when Texas executes a board of directors." ~RandyB
WW/Snoid 2014
UncleDirt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2012, 08:50 PM   #45
south
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Florida
Oddometer: 194
The bike that started it all--1st year 1978 CX500. Mechanical cooling fan driven off the cam, stator-powered ignition.

as purchased:



now:

__________________
'88 KLR650 Project Thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=667727
'01 VFR800, '03 CBR600RR, '78 CX500, '04 EX250, '82 XJ650L, '75 CB360.
Projects: '89 GS500, '86 ZX1000R, '85 XL350R, '71 CB750, '78 GL1000,'90 CH250
south is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 06:36 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014