And then I ruined a really good bike.

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Wildebeest90210, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. rightsideup

    rightsideup Get your motor running...

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  2. NulladnVoid

    NulladnVoid Been here awhile

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    I wonder how hard it is to polish melted socks and skin off of chrome headers.
  3. CA-Cincinnatus

    CA-Cincinnatus Semi-retired GI-Bill student, husband, GSD-host Supporter

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    The tragedy is that of all these butchered bikes, it would be extremely unlikely that a purist would buy one just to restore it to original condition.
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  4. Tanshanomi

    Tanshanomi Your Favorite Uncle Supporter

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    That photo was originally published in Back Street Heroes, IIRC. I seem to recall having a subscription and seeing it when it first appeared.
  5. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley Long timer

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    I am not sure that the Honda CX500 usually gets the title of a really good bike but they deserve better than this unfortunate specimen currently on UK ebay.
    At least the description tells you everything you need to know.

    "Hond Cx500 1979 tax mot exempt bike was done last year 1 of bike sounds very nice spider web mud guards custom rear, end new tyres noz is for show"

    Yes that is correctly copied from the advert.

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  6. rightsideup

    rightsideup Get your motor running...

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    ^^^ Horrific.
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  7. aptbldr

    aptbldr easy rider

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    "Spider web mud guard" up front and rear licence kinda resolves the no fenders critics.
    New direction for de rigueur brown seat; inspired by the Tesla pickup, or an honest expression of materials?
    A subtle design like this bike, adding flash-bling, NOZ bottles, maybe too much.
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  8. rightsideup

    rightsideup Get your motor running...

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    It looks even worse from this angle!
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  9. Wildebeest90210

    Wildebeest90210 Long timer Supporter

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    The most contentious thing about this thread is was the CX ever a 'really good bike' to ruin in the first place? I fear not :dunno
  10. Cowboy Don

    Cowboy Don Adventurer

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    :rofl:rofl:rofl

    On the money, there. Hell, even that 'spider web' custom is an improvement on the original.
  11. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    Well, I like the tyres on the is one.

    And the rooster comb on the front guard - I want !
  12. Wildebeest90210

    Wildebeest90210 Long timer Supporter

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    I wish it was closer to me so I could get a viewing and meet the Maestro, maybe even do an Exif style interview in his shop so we could dig his ethos.
  13. Gestalt

    Gestalt Been here awhile

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    The guy really, really should be shot. How does anyone come up with that and then try and sell it . That is an offence to the senses.
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  14. Wildebeest90210

    Wildebeest90210 Long timer Supporter

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    I'm, posting this again as I can't believe it's still for sale....:jack

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  15. Wildebeest90210

    Wildebeest90210 Long timer Supporter

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    Then I make up for the 205 with this beauty.

    1990 Honda VFR 750L, Rat Tracker 1 off build, What a striking machine, A great deal of time, money and effort have gone in to the making of this bike, Rides as good as it looks,

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  16. BOOTLACE

    BOOTLACE Bikie Scum. Supporter

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    Doesn’t work well with breakfast.
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    Scoozi Long timer

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  18. aptbldr

    aptbldr easy rider

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  19. Johann

    Johann Commuterous Tankslapperous

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    The engine was OK, 48 something hp from a 500cc twin is still respectable today. Good torque for low speed city work and enough power to sit on motorways all day. The problem with the early ones for me was the handling, you got used to it and it faded into the background after a while but if the bike hadn´t been maintained properly or the tyres/shocks were a bit worn it didn´t take much for the handling to descend into the general category of disturbing. The Eurosport E models had a different frame and Pro-link rear suspension, they were actually really nice bikes to ride.

    I still laugh my ass off every time I see an early maggot tarted up as a café racer though. Like making a Robin Reliant into a Le Mans replica.
  20. snarlyjohn

    snarlyjohn Human money repellant

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    That's no rooster comb. It's a cockhead.