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2) 1982 Honda CX500 Turbos.
BIKE #1; serial# 1243;
Original paint; 22,600 miles; The stator reportedly needed replaced when parked in @2000. But both recent static tests on the stator show a good stator. The rectifier side also checks out ok but I was unable to check the dynaminc (running) stator output or the regulator side of the rectifier/regulator. It’s possible that the previous owner had a bad battery and misdiagnosed a failed stator. The engine speed sensor connector plug on the right side of the bike had been disconnected as if he had been trying to obtain and diagnose stator readings from there. It has been in dry storage waiting for time and space for a stator replacement (possibly unneccesary) since that time.
It has the original key and set of locks. I was able to power up the computer and ignition system. The fuel pump cycled for its 3 seconds and stopped as expected. I cranked it over and because I had injected some wd-40 into the combustion chambers some time ago, it gave a couple huffs. I kept cranking about 10 seconds till the oil pressure light went out. The fuel supply line developed vacuum. Not bad for sitting 15 years.
The bike has a broken right front turn signal lense. It is missing the right side cover and the left cable cover of the handlebar cover group. The left front fairing vent was broken where it contacted the radiator but a repair piece is included. Otherwise, the bike is complete.
It would need the brakes & forks rebuilt and likely some fuel system cleaning.
There is light chips, scrapes and spider cracks on both sides of the fairing with the right side being a little worse than the left side. The corner at the top of the right vent is damaged/worn about 1 inch x 1/2 inch. The scrapes on the left side are mostly at the front outside edge of the inlet vent. The bike could be ridden with the fairing as is or the buyer could elect minor fairing repairs and repaint. Just touching up or replacing the orange decal would improve the appearance substantially. It wasn’t laid over at speed, but rather those typical parking lot or starting off blunders. The previous owner in fact mentioned being too short-legged to always keep the bike steady and upright at stops.
The windscreen shown in some of the pictures was a broken aftermarket bubble type screen. A faded but usable windscreen is included.
The fuel tank has some rust inside, more-so at the top/crown just inside the cap than at the sides. From what I see, it should clean up through one of the chemical or electro-chemical processes.
The wheels are dirty but began cleaning up with the little work I put into them. They would clean up to a 8 – 9 or better and look fine.
The mirrors and boots are in good shape as is the dash/instrument cluster. The front forks look good and clean.
The seat is like new !!
The front rotors are smooth and unworn while the rear rotor has very slight groove/wear towards the middle of both sides.
The rear cowl and left side cover are intact and unbroken. The top of the rear cowl has some sun discoloration but it is only noticable from close up. Both fenders are in good shape. Both side cover locks are there and functional. The mufflers and their covers are in good shape but they and the battery box could use some paint. The paint on the rest of the frame is good.
The headlights, tailight, and rear turn signal lenses are all in good physical shape.
The bike was owned by an engineer or machinist of some sort who had a couple vintage motorcycles and took good care of them, so I expect the engine to be in good condition other than possibly needing a stator.
It has a good title.
If the stator turns out to be ok I don’t believe it would take alot to get the bike running and on the road.
BIKE # 2; serial #1433;
The story is that the bike was running after being repaired (fairing) and repainted (blue with gold metalflake) in @1996. Soon afterwards the owners son took it out for a spin and promptly laid it over at slow speed. it has been sitting on a back porch or a storage unit most of the time since then (’96-’98).
The bike shows @29,500 miles. It has a broken right front turn signal lense and is missing the ignition switch/key and the right side cable cover of the handlebar cover group. It is otherwise complete.
The fairing has scrapes and breaks in mostly the right side of the fairing. The left side scratches are mosly in the blue paint and I can’t see any evidence of previous repair work on the left side. The right side of the fairing has some damage at the top corner of the inlet vent about 2 inches x 1 inch with crack extending another 2 inches from there. That area had been previously repaired and is repairable again. The two front vents are unbroken and the two side metal screens, though missing in the pictures are included.
There are several minor imperfections with this bike which are repairable or useable as is. Among them are; a crack at the left edge of the air filter cover, a 1/2 crack in the middle of the clear plastic covering the gauges and the black windscreen has about 2 inches of the right side/return missing.
The keyway was removed but the ignition is turnable with a screwdriver. I was able to power up the ignition and computer. I drained and replaced the oil, changed the filter and added a little transmission fluid to help clean and recondition the seals and rings. After cleaning the starter the engine spun over VERY well and developed oil pressure. It has spark but the fuel system will need cleaning.
The right side cover has 2 small (1 inch) repaired cracks and the one attatchment knob is broken off, but it is in the document box. The left side cover is in good shape.
The original tool kit is in the tool compartment along with the remains of the cloth bag. Its cool to see “HONDA” on the wrenches rather than just the “H” logo.
The frame is rusty in areas and at edges especially in the area of the battery box and would be best served by being sandblasted and powdercoated or painted.
The brakes, forks and fuel system would need rebuilt and cleaned but all 3 rotors are smooth and unworn.
The front forks are smooth and rustless below the triple trees with a couple small areas of surface rust showing on the forks in the neck area.
The front wheel is in good shape and would clean up to about a 8-9. The rear has several specks of white and scratches showing through the gold and would clean up to about a 6 and might be able to be touched up to look better. It looks “gold” and ok from a distance as is.
The tank is rusty inside but not rusted through. It would need the same chemical or electrochemical treatment as the first tank. The right side edge or flange of the tank was slightly indented in the first accident but it is not noticable when the tank is installed on the bike. Both tank to seat support tangs are missing.
The seat is recovered with an industrial/automotive vinyl of good quality and is in good functional shape. Both mounting tabs to the frame are in good shape.
The left side muffler shield and muffler are “dinged” slightly by the centerstand. There is also repairable scrapes on the right side header cover/heat shield and the right side muffler cover. The mufflers themselves appear to be in good condition.
A good used fender/apron from a CX650 T or E is included to replace the damaged/cut one on the bike. It fits and is the same except for the curvature of the fender and shape of the reflector.
This bike would be best served with a frame up renovation, being either repainted to original color or keeping the new & custom color approach. The blue color would look good with reflective silver and gold decals/striping in the original pattern.
I have little doubt that the engine would be in working condition, but the internal condition of things is unknown and not guaranteed. The stator checks out ok using the two common tests and the 3 prong connector shows no sign of previous heating.
This motorcycle also has a valid title.
The tires on both bikes (especially the first turbo) were new not long before they were parked. They show no noticable cracks, but should likely be replaced for safety concerns.
I estimate that it would take between $500 and $1000 to make each bike roadworthy not counting labor. This would include tires, battery, brake & fork parts, wheel bearings, seals, fluids, etc; and frame painting or stator/triple bypass if needed.
Part of the value of these bikes is in the subjective, therapeautic satisfaction and hobby of restoring, owning and riding such a unique motorcycle and then sharing that restoration and ownership with others.
The asking price is $3750 for the pair. Individually, the prices are $2250 for the white painted bike and $1500 for the blue repainted bike. (The complete engine likely has greater value). Because of their relative completeness, I’d hope they would go to a party interested in renovation or restoration rather than a thrill ride or parting them out.
Initial contact, additional questions and reply will be by the cxforum bulletin board, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org); by PM through the cx forum; or through the reply feature to the wordpress article (must be registered with wordpress). I’ll reply and respond to additional questions via internet first and then, if neccessary, by phone to seriously interested parties to make pickup or visual inspection arrangemets or answer more questions.
The bikes are located in central Pennsylvania about 50 miles north of Harrisburg, or 50 miles south of Williamsport, and 10 miles west of Selinsgrove. They are about 30 miles from the cx500 forum “amish rally” gathering site held the second weekend of August each year.
They will also be for sale locally and might make it to craigslist.